YVAIN Scholars Travel the Globe This Summer to Broaden Their Education

June 01, 2015

Six Saint Leo University students will pursue a variety of international trips this summer to broaden their education, with part of the costs financed by special stipends from the university. They are part of the second cohort of Yvain Scholarship recipients.

Yvain scholarships are awarded annually by the Division of Academic Affairs. These grants were created for selected, motivated students to pursue a personal academic subject of interest, which they would otherwise be unable to pursue without the grant. The initiative aligns with the university’s goal of producing lifelong learners and leaders possessing global awareness.

To qualify for this award, students submitted detailed proposals for short-term, yet individually meaningful journeys they want to follow. Additionally, the students had to be willing to underwrite part of their proposed trips themselves.

The six students who were chosen each receive between $1100 and $1600. The amount is to be applied to air fare.

The students selected as Yvain Scholars are as follows:

  • Hattie Corbin – will be traveling to Bayonnais, Haiti, with a group of educators from the U.S. who are assisting teachers at the International Christian Development Mission (ICDM) in learning new ways to teach children various school subjects. ICDM’s mission is to teach and preach the good news of Jesus Christ, help impoverished people become self-supporting, and educate and motivate children, youth, and adults. Her duties will include records management, inputting data, cleaning, and cooking, as IDCM provides a daily meal for the students. The group also operates a medical clinic on campus.
  • Grace Lederer – will be interning with Dr. Alexandra Alvarado Vargas of Centro Agronomico Topical de Investigacion y Ensenanza (CATIE). She will be assisting Dr. Vargas in assessing the effectiveness of CATIE’s Sustainability Seminar Series’ impact on American students. CATIE’s mission is to increase sustainable and inclusive human well-being in Latin America and the Caribbean, while promoting education, research, and innovation for development, sustainable management of agriculture, and conservation of natural resources. In her free time, Grace plans to assist a local farmer she met while previously studying at CATIE. The woman operates a working farm that promotes sustainable tourism. Grace will assisting her with work on the farm and is anxious to learn more about her farming techniques and business practices.
  • Dexomia Livia – will volunteer in Paris, France, with an organization called Restos du Coeur (Restaurant of Hearts). The group helps needy people on a daily basis by serving them free meals. She will assist with various duties in the kitchen, serving food, and cleaning. She also plans to explore ways for the organization to solicit more donations and raise awareness.
  • Samantha Buterbaugh – will be traveling to Athens, Greece, both to discover ecologically-friendly sites in the region as well as to work with the SOS Children’s Villages, the No. 1 global organization dedicated to orphaned and abandoned children, helping more than 80,000 boys and girls in more than 540 villages in 133 countries around the world.
  • Marcos Pacheco – will be traveling to Iquitos, Peru, to work for Amazonia Expeditions, an organization that provides tours of the Amazon. The company also financially supports “Angels of the Amazon,” a nonprofit organization whose mission is to is to provide aid to the 8,000 indigenous people living in the 12 communities in the Tahuayo River basin, a modest tributary of the upper Amazon River, in a very remote part of the world. The company funds all aspects of the infrastructure, overhead, and administration of the foundation, in both the U.S. and Peru. Funded programs include support for medical and health care, educational assistance, and economic and environmental programs. The primary service project is the construction of a new school.
  • Abigail Peterson – will be traveling to Rome, Milan, and Florence, Italy, to conduct research and experience the essence of Italian small business and entrepreneurship. Her research will focus on key ingredients behind Italy’s success and failures in the small business world. She plans to interview Italian business owners, employees, and local citizens, while observing life from the perspective of the Italian entrepreneur.