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Recipients of the Fullbright scholarship pose with Rebecca Molinoff (second left), acting public affairs officer at the United States Embassy. From left are Kersen Stephens, Patrice Anderson, Kadian Birch and Alecia Nepaul. – Photo via The Gleaner

Trelawny Girl Chosen For United States Fulbright Scholarship

Behind most successful persons, there is the story of a struggle. Trelawny born Patrice Anderson reported that her challenges started from high school and followed her into college. Hard work and dedication paid off for the William Knibb Memorial High School past student. ‘Trisha’ (as she is affectionately called) was one of the persons chosen for the 2015-2016 Fulbright Scholarship.

What is the Fulbright Scholarship?

The Fulbright Program, including the Fulbright-Hays Program, is a program of highly competitive, merit-based grants for international educational exchange for students, scholars, teachers, professionals, scientists and artists, founded by United States Senator J. William Fulbright in 1946. Under the Fulbright Program, competitively selected U.S. citizens may become eligible for scholarships to study, conduct research, or exercise their talents abroad; and citizens of other countries may qualify to do the same in the United States.

From The Gleaner:

After undergoing a tough interview process in addition to not having enough resources, Patrice Anderson, was pleasantly surprised when she got the call that she was one of the persons chosen for the United States (US) 2015-2016 Fulbright Graduate Student Program.

The 25-year-old will be pursuing a doctor of philosophy degree in applied economics at the Western Michigan University.

Following a luncheon held at the residence of the US ambassador in Jacks Hill, St Andrew, she told The Gleaner that the process was tedious but indicated that she was determined to do her best.

“I remember when I was doing the interview, I had questions coming at me and some were really difficult and it is very competitive. so I left thinking that I didn’t do very well”, she said.

“When I got the call that I was accepted, it was a very good feeling and I am feeling very elated,” she continued.

Anderson, however, pointed out that her will to persevere started since she was pursuing her undergraduate studies at the University of the West Indies.

Tertiary Education

“The challenge started since I started high school. I grew up in Trelawny where the normal thing to do after high school is to get a job, but I decided that, despite the circumstances I was going to pursue tertiary education. I came to university with only $40,000 for the year so, since that time, I knew the value of hard work and not having enough resources”, Anderson said.

“I did not have any other option but to perform the best. I knew I had to ensure that my grades were the best at all times so as to ensure that, when opportunities like these emerge, I am qualified. A scholarship was the only way I could pursue my master’s (degree) and a PhD.

She, therefore, encouraged young people to “Always work hard. You will not always have resources at your disposal, but anything is possible. Keep focused, you never know when something will pop up.”


Curated from: The Gleaner

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