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Three AU Students Awarded 2011 Killam Fellowships

By Tony Azios

Alexis Carlson, CAS/BA ‘13, will attend McGill University in Montreal as a Killam Fellowship recipient.

Alexis Carlson, CAS/BA ‘13, will attend McGill University in Montreal as a Killam Fellowship recipient.

While there is no shortage of students hoping to study abroad, finding the funds to do so can be difficult. But American University (AU) has consistently shown that scholarship options do exist for successful and driven students.

Three undergraduates were recently awarded prestigious Killam Fellowships, which will help fund a semester studying at some of Canada’s most prominent universities. AU students have received Killam Fellowships every year since 2005.

This year’s winners are Alexis Carlson (CAS/BA ‘13), Linda Monahan (SOC/BA ‘12), and Victoria Frappaolo (SIS/BA ‘12).

The Killam Fellowships Program is a unique undergraduate scholarship program that offers high-achieving undergraduates in both the U.S. and Canada an opportunity to engage in residential academic exchange.

Carlson was accepted into the extremely competitive McGill University, often called “the Harvard of Canada.” McGill is located in the Francophone city of Montreal, Quebec, and possesses neuropsychology technology such as brain imaging and MRI machines, with which she hopes to conduct research.

“I wanted to make my time abroad useful for both my major and minor,” says Carlson, a psychology major and French minor.

Monahan will spend next fall at her first-choice school, Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick.

“I was looking for a small college in a small town,” says Monahan. “I think you get to know a place better when you’re not in a city.”

She first became interested in visiting our Northern Neighbor while researching immigration to Canada for an American studies class at AU. While at Mount Allison, the only Canadian university with an American studies program, Monahan hopes to explore the development of regional cultures in Canada and cultural differences between the U.S. and Canada.

Meanwhile, Frappaolo is looking for an urban experience in Canada’s capital city. She was also accepted to her first-choice school, the University of Ottawa.

“It’s location in a big city was a big draw for me,” she says.

Frappaolo, who is interested in studying social entrepreneurship practices while taking courses in international development, was also attracted to Ottawa for its internship opportunities.

“That’s where the Canadian Social Entrepreneurship Foundation is located, and I plan to intern with them,” says Frappaolo.

Each student worked closely with the Office of Merit Awards to complete their successful applications.

The core mission of the Foundation for Educational Exchange Between Canada and the United States of America, the bi-national NGO that administers the Killam Fellowship, is to promote mutual understanding between the people of Canada and the people of the United States, while supporting and encouraging scholarship on issues of primary importance to the two countries.