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ExcEL Scholars 2017

Sunday, May 7, 2017

The Excellence in Experiential Learning (ExcEL) Scholar Awards are intended to provide gap funding support to undergraduates who want to build hands-on educational experiences into their Dominican careers. 

Students who wish to pursue or design an internship, community-based learning, independent research, study away, study abroad, or entrepreneurial project that will accelerate their professional growth, deepen their scholarly knowledge, and/or actively engage as citizens of the world may apply for awards of up to $2000.

This year there were 15 recipients of ExcEL grants. Here are some of the recipients and their plans as ExcEL scholars.:

Junior Saba Raza will use her award to fund expenses to travel to and purchase school supplies for children in an orphanage (Shaheen Nagar) in Telengana, India. She will be there for three weeks.   

"I am so blessed and excited to work with the children and staff, experience a different culture and help people who don't really have much," Raza says. "Humanitarian work is my passion. I have been to Peru and done work with refugees. This time, I wanted to pick a place that was far away from any tourist location. I am not going as a tourist but as a traveler and this little village may have not received any attention if I didn't make that decision."

Jasminum McMullen, senior, will be attending the Indiana University Writers' Conference (IUWC) in Bloomington this summer.

"I am excited to workshop poetry at an institution with a 75-year history of writers' conferences," McMullen says. "I'm eager to write with Morgan Parker and Rickey Laurentiis; both are Cave Canem Poetry Prize winners and recipients of the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. Additionally, I will attend daily panel discussions, classes on fiction and memoir, and nightly readings around town."  

Leticia Perez, senior, will be using her award to cover the travel, housing, food, and registration expenses to go Washington, D.C. in November to present at a national neuroscience conference called Neuroscience 2017.

"What I am most looking forward to is having the opportunity to share and present (through a poster) the research that I have contributed to for the past year to other neuroscientists from around the world," Perez says. "In addition, I look forward to meeting scientists from around the world and network and learn more about current research in the field. I also look forward to the experience of visiting our nation's capital for the first time."

We wish these students the best of luck as they spread and live the Dominican mission.