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2013 Metcalf Fellows to pursue public service projects abroad
By Lauren Paola / April 24, 2013 /   Loading Disqus...
Five college students from Rhode Island have been named 2013 Metcalf Fellows by the Rhode Island Foundation. The Michael P. Metcalf Memorial Fund, an endowment established at the Rhode Island Foundation in 1989 to honor the late publisher of The Providence Journal, awards up to $5,000 to Rhode Island college students seeking to pursue a self-designed educational enrichment project through travel. More than 89 students have had experiences in locations from Appalachia to Zaire since 1990.

Metcalf was chairman and publisher of The Providence Journal before he died in a 1987 bicycling accident. In helping establish the Metcalf Fund in his memory 24 years ago, Metcalf’s wife Charlotte explained, “I wanted to create an opportunity that was a departure from the usual scholarship. I thought of making wonderful experiences – transforming experiences – happen for others.”

The 2013 Metcalf Fellows are:
  • Carmino Curtis, Coventry - Curtis, a Rhode Island College student, will explore Lima, Peru, working as a teaching volunteer in inner-city areas through the Cross-Cultural Solutions organization.
  • Mary Dawson, Johnston - Dawson, a Brown University student, will volunteer with International Volunteer Headquarters in Bogota, Colombia, teaching English and aiding in construction work for schools.
  • Austin Demers, Charlestown - Currently a University of Rhode Island student, Demers will participate in Child Family Health International’s program in Mumbai, India where she will learn about the challenges of tropical infectious disease by visiting infectious disease hospitals through clinical rotations.
  • Shayla Minteer, East Greenwich - Minteer will volunteer at the CerviCusco gynecological clinic in Cusco, Peru to help create standardized operational procedures for the clinic to increase resource longevity and streamline volunteer efforts. Minteer is a University of Rhode Island student and her award was funded in part through the Christine T. Grinavic Adventurer’s Fund, also administered by the Rhode Island Foundation.
  • Monay Threats-McNeil, Providence - Threats-McNeil, a Roger Williams University/College Unbound student, will spend two months in Hungary to explore the reconstruction of Hungarian identity through its arts and cultural centers. She will also learn about the creation of the website “We Love Budapest” in an effort to create the foundation for a “We Love Providence” website.
Applications for Metcalf Fellowships will be available again in November for college students wishing to pursue experiences in 2014.
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