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Alumni have used the experience, knowledge, and resources gained through their FSD program as a stepping stone toward their vocational goals.
FSD alumni have won Rhodes, Fulbright, and other merit-based scholarships; worked for FSD; gained employment with prominent international development organizations; pursued graduate degrees at the world's best universities; and started their own development organizations. For more information on how FSD supports alumni to build their vocations, while maintaining connections to their host communities, visit the AlumniConnect section.
Below are examples of what FSD alumni are doing:
Justin Eppley – 2007 Mombasa, Kenya Intern | Microfinance
Justin created an e-commerce website, The Access Seed, with his host organization (LICODEP). The site allows local craftspeople to sell their high-quality goods directly to consumers around the world. Justin is also the Founder of EdgeWise Magazine, an innovative news source that not only reports on pressing global issues, but engages discussion on practical strategies to address national and international matters.
Elana Western – 2006 Argentina Intern | Microenterprise, Women's Empowerment
Elana helped an emerging women's cooperative, Mi Perrito, develop into a stable microenterprise. After FSD, Elana began working as a Development Specialist for UNICEF.
Morgan Alen – 2006-2007 FSD Program Coordinator
Morgan served as an FSD Program Coordinator in Bolivia, Argentina, and Uganda from 2006-2007. Her professional training and experience in development helped her receive a Public Interest/Public Service (PIPS) full tuition scholarship to attend American University law school.
Maria Prom – 2006 Nicaragua Intern | Youth and Education
Maria Prom a Carleton College psychology major ('08),was awarded an international development fellowship by Carleton in the summer of 2006. She worked with FSD at primary school in Masaya, Nicaragua. In March 2008, she was named to the prestigious USA Today College Academic All-Star team.
Maital Friedman – 2005 Uganda Intern | Youth and Education
Maital received the Labouisse Prize—a $25,000 fellowship awarded to Princeton graduates dedicated to public service. Maital is working to further develop the library she built at a Ugandan primary school with FSD.
Shanna Branciforte – 2005 Kenya Intern | Health, Community Development, Women's Empowerment
While studying social work in graduate school at St. Louis University, Shanna interned with FSD and helped create a village women's group dedicated to community empowerment. After FSD, Shanna started Projects of Hope, a grassroots non-profit organization that supports impoverished communities throughout Western Kenya.
Ben Lundin – 2004 Peru Intern | Human Rights
After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Ben won a 2007 Rhodes Scholarship and is currently studying politics and philosophy at Oxford University to further build on the international experience he gained through FSD.
Keren Raz – 2003 Peru Intern | Youth and Education
Keren's interest in public service began after interning with FSD and has continued with her law school studies at New York University. She acquired the Root-Tilden-Kern Scholarship, a full tuition award for students who show dedication to public service.
Kate Vyborny – 2003 Ecuador Intern | Youth and Education
Following FSD, Kate was selected for a one-year fellowship with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. She went on to work at the Center for Global Development, and most recently won a 2008 Rhodes Scholarship to attend Oxford University. At Oxford, she will pursue graduate studies in philosophy and economics in order to shape international development policy.
Adrian Johnston – 2003 Tanzania Intern | Human Rights
Adrian made use of a Morehead-Cain fellowship to intern with FSD. After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he used his international experience to win a 2006 Rhodes Scholarship to study economics and philosophy at Oxford University.