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Madonna University Alumna in Haiti Selected as Fulbright Scholar

June 22, 2017

LIVONIA, Mich. – Madonna University 2015 alumna Bethanie Saint Louis was among 10 students in Haiti who were awarded 2017 Fulbright Scholarships. The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the United States government. It is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the U.S. and other countries, while fostering academic excellence. Academically-gifted students from around the world are selected into the program to pursue master’s degrees at universities in the United States.   

Saint Louis, who earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and leadership through Madonna University’s distance learning program in Haiti, participated in a rigorous selection process in order to be chosen from more than 150 applicants this year. The process consisted of an interview, an English exam, the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), and the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). 

In 2012, Saint Louis became a founding member and coordinator of an association of professional volunteers, "Youth Vision", which supports the academic and vocational training of children and young adults living in disadvantaged rural communities across Haiti. She currently works as a human resources officer at Catholic Relief Services. This fall, she plans to pursue a Master of Science in Public Policy at Western Michigan University.

Established in 1946 under legislation introduced by late Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Scholarship Program is sponsored by the United States Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

More than 370,000 scholars have participated in the program since its inception. The Fulbright Program awards approximately 8,000 grants annually. Currently, the Program operates in over 160 countries worldwide.

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