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Scholarships Support Experiential Learning in Arts and Sciences

Senior Jason Kravitz couldn't pass up the opportunity to intern at the Washington D.C. office of U.S. senator Edward Kennedy this spring. But he was concerned that the internship (like many on Capitol Hill) was unpaid. Fortunately, he got help through the Twenty-first Century Scholars Program.

The keystone of the program is the experiential learning project, in which scholars work closely with a faculty member on a unique project of their choosing. This project may also entail an internship, co-op, community service, or
study abroad.

This innovative program, developed by the College of Arts and Sciences and funded by alumni and friends, is intended to recognize and help retain outstanding sophomores. Awardees receive a $20,000 scholarship (over four years), a $5,000 stipend toward an experiential learning project, and mentoring.

The keystone of the program is the experiential learning project, in which scholars work closely with a faculty member on a unique project of their choosing. This project may also entail an internship, co-op, community service, or study abroad. In addition, students receive mentoring from the donor who funds their scholarship.

"This combination of tuition, project, and mentoring support helps students achieve remarkable things," says James R. Stellar, College of Arts and Sciences dean.

For his project, Kravitz is studying the privatization of public education. Collaborating with John E. Kwoka Jr., the Neal F. Finnegan Distinguished Chair in Economics, Kravitz is investigating how contractual issues have affected the success of for-profit management firms at public schools across the country.

"My internship in Senator Kennedy's office has allowed me to interact with many of the key figures in the debate over this issue," says Kravitz.

To date, ten individual or pairs of alumni have supported the program: Barbara C. Alleyne, LA'70; Peter D. "Aldo" Carnicelli, LA'70; Samuel F. Chevalier, LA'57; Steven J. Cody, LA'77; Mary V. Dexter, LA'71, MBA'77, and Russell E. Dexter, BA'69; Lois A. Garaventi, LA'58; John M. Kudless, LA'72 (with wife Mary); Douglass M. McCraken, MA'71 (with wife Naomi); E. Leo Whitworth, LA'71, and Jennifer Whitworth, LA'76; and Lucille R. Zanghi, LA'72, and James M. Dow, LA'72.

Each individual or pair has committed $25,000 and will support one student for four years. Currently, ten students — whose majors range from geology, to international affairs, to music — are receiving scholarships.

Barbara Alleyne, managing director for Global Fixed Income, at Citigroup Global Markets, Inc. in New York City, recently took the program to the next level by endowing her funds with an additional gift of $125,000. An endowment works like a savings account; annual interest earned on her gift will support the scholars program for many years to come.

Alleyne, and overseer on the Northeastern Corporation, credits the university and co-op with getting her started on the path to success. "I wouldn't be in a position to make this gift if it weren't for Northeastern," she says. Alleyne has met her student, Regine Hendrick, a middler economics major from Haiti who will undertake her project next year.

"We are immensely grateful to Barbara Alleyne for raising the bar and setting such a wonderful example for other alumni and friends," says Stellar.

The Leadership Campaign seeks funding to provide additional Twenty-first Century Scholarships to talented students.

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  This article was published in the May 2005 issue of the Northeastern University Magazine.          

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