Congratulations to the 2013 SIT Graduate Institute NPCA Scholarship Winners!
By Ana Reigstad on Thursday, November 21st, 2013
Each year, the School for International Training (SIT) Graduate Institute recognizes outstanding NPCA members with at least one year of intercultural experience to receive a $10,000 scholarship. The SIT Graduate Institute features programs in International Education, Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation, Sustainable Development, and Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management.
Read on to learn about this year’s NPCA / SIT scholarship recipients:
Claire Desoi: Claire served as a Community Health Volunteer in Nicaragua from 2010-2012, where she worked to promote maternal and child health and collaborated with her community to build a Maternity House, which now serves as a safe space for local pregnant women. She then extended her service into 2013, serving a third year as a Regional Volunteer Leader for Peace Corps. Currently, she is a student in the Sustainable Development program at SIT’s DC campus, focusing her studies on policy and management. She hopes to continue building her career in the fields of health and gender, particularly regarding issues of access to health services.
Olga Samborska Moroz: Olga served for three years with the Peace Corps Health and Community Development Program in Peru and The Gambia, West Africa. She worked as a Project Manager with two local NGOs designing, managing and monitoring projects focused on micro-enterprise development, institutional strengthening, and HIV prevention. She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Sustainable Development and Policy Management at the School of International Training (SIT) Graduate Institute in Washington DC. Upon graduation, Olga plans to pursue a career in development focused on rural health and education in Peru.
Marcus Laws: Marcus is a Seattle native with seven years of professional experience working throughout Latin America with several non-governmental organizations, private enterprises and the Peace Corps. He began his career by attending University of the Pacific’s School for International Studies, where he was required to study abroad in Spain and Mexico, and graduated with a B.A. in International Studies and Spanish. After graduating, He travelled to Asunción, Paraguay where he completed a practicum as a Microfinance Program Assistant for La Fundación Paraguaya para Cooperación y Desarrollo. He then joined the Peace Corps and was sent to El Salvador to serve as an Agroforestry/Environmental Education Volunteer for the Food and Agriculture Organization. He extended a third year to assist a USAID regional micro watershed conservation project. After completing his service, he stayed in-country teaching English and working for several non-profits focused on the areas of youth and women’s empowerment. Prior to attending SIT, he worked as the In-Country Coordinator for the U.S. based non-profit, Programa Velasco, administering the organization’s early childhood education, women’s empowerment, and microfinance programs. As a M.A. in Sustainable International Development student at SIT, he plans to complement field experience with theoretical frameworks that will make him a more efficient development practitioner for an international non-governmental organization seeking to assist countries implementing sustainable environmental solutions in order to facilitate mitigation and adaptation to climate change.
Amanda J. Owens: Amanda served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Islamic Republic of Mauritania (2006-2008) and as a Peace Corps Response Volunteer in Antigua and Barbuda (2010). Following her Peace Corps service, she worked for several Washington D.C. area NGOs and nonprofits, including the International Rescue Committee, Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area, and the Association of American Medical Colleges. She is passionate about equity and access to quality education for all, especially marginalized populations. Upon graduation from SIT, Amanda hopes to continue her career in developing and supporting inclusive educational policies for youth.
Andrew Moiseff: Mr. Moiseff comes to the program with both a background in the natural sciences and social services. He served as an international environmental volunteer in Costa Rica through AFS and Ecuador through Global Volunteer Network, taught environmental education to kids and helped manage the student recycling program while a resident of Whitman College’s environmental interest house, and majored in geology while considering a career in environmental remediation. Following graduation, Mr. Moiseff moved to Jackson, Wyoming where he made a fortuitous transition into the social services as a counselor with at-risk youth. After two years working domestically in this capacity, Mr. Moiseff served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Philippines, working largely to design and manage programs at a government sponsored facility for incarcerated youth. In part through the NPCA scholarship, Mr. Moiseff is now a candidate in the Sustainable Development Master’s Program at the SIT Graduate Institute. He will be completing his required practicum at the UN Democracy Fund in New York, and hopes to eventually synthesize his social and environmental background by working on rural development and natural resource management in a project management position.
The NPCA would like to extend its congratulations to all of this year’s recipients!
The deadline to apply to the SIT Graduate Institute is February 24, 2014 and scholarships are still available. Visit the SIT Graduate Institute Admissions website for more information.
For more details about NPCA member benefits, be sure to visit our member deals information page.