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Prestigious Awards Allow Loyola University Chicago Students to
Embark on New Education/Research Fronts
Students to Study in Poland, South Africa, China, and Locally in Chicago

CHICAGO, June 30, 2009 – Four Loyola University Chicago students have been honored with prestigious awards that will allow them to further their education locally, and around the world. The student awards include a Fulbright Full Research Grant, a Young People For (YP4) Fellowship, and two Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship awards.

Katherine Cioch (BA, BS,’08)
Finishing her MA in International and Comparative Politics in May 2009, and earning her BA in Political Science and BS in Psychology in 2008 at Loyola, Cioch has been awarded a Fulbright Full Research Grant for 2009-10 to study in Poland. She will use the grant to conduct research on human trafficking, a complex, international conflict that has grown exponentially in Europe with the increase of globalization.

She will investigate and evaluate the role of the La Strada Foundation Against Trafficking in Persons and Slavery, a non-governmental organization (NGO) dedicated to combating and preventing human trafficking in Poland. Her primary research goals are to provide insight into how anti-trafficking NGOs and government institutions can work together to prevent this problem, and to assess whether the measures used by this organization can be replicated in other countries.

Sadia Nawab
Current undergraduate student Sadia Nawab has been awarded a 2009 Young People For Fellowship. The YP4 award is a year-long fellowship in leadership development that identifies, engages, and empowers the newest generation of progressive leaders to create lasting change in their communities and on campus.

In February 2009, Nawab began pursuing her YP4 honors when she joined 300 other college students from around the country for a five-day national summit meeting in Washington, DC At the event, she and other students met with young leaders and discussed strategies and tactics for creating sustainable social change. Nawab’s project for the YP4 focuses on health care reform within the Juvenile Justice System in Chicago, Illinois. Nawab’s primary goal is to ensure that disadvantaged youth are getting their hygienic supplies regularly, and on time, and she hopes to establish HIV screenings and disease spread workshops at the prison site.

Change Kwesele and Chelsea Lund
Current undergraduate students Change Kwesele and Chelsea Lund have both received the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad for the upcoming fall 2009 semester. The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program provides study-abroad scholarships to U.S. undergraduates with financial needs, including students from diverse backgrounds and students planning to visit non-traditional study-abroad destinations.

Kwesele, a junior, is majoring in International Studies and will study abroad at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Lund, also a junior and an International Studies major, will conduct her studies at Loyola’s Beijing Center in China.

“It takes great intelligence, initiative, and perseverance to earn the honors these students have received, and more importantly, in my mind, these awards do more than honor students for a job well done, but recognize and invest in their great potential to make a positive difference in the world,” said James Calcagno, director of Loyola’s fellowship office. “All four students exhibit great compassion and international awareness, and I’m sure these unique educational experiences will further build upon their desire to help and understand others throughout the world.”

About Loyola University Chicago
Committed to preparing people to lead extraordinary lives, Loyola University Chicago, founded in 1870, is the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic university. Enrollment is more than 15,600 students, which includes more than 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 countries. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy. Loyola also serves as the U.S. host university to The Beijing Center for Chinese Studies in Beijing, China. Loyola’s ten schools and colleges include arts and sciences, business administration, communication, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, continuing and professional studies, and social work. Loyola offers 71 undergraduate majors, 71 undergraduate minors, 85 master’s degrees, and 31 doctoral degrees. Loyola is consistently ranked among the “top national universities” by U.S.News & World Report, and the University was named a “best value” in their 2009 rankings. In addition, Loyola is among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations like the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. For more information about Loyola, please visit LUC.edu.




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