Public-Private Partnership Provides Full Scholarship for Future Public Servants

Public-Private Partnership Provides Full Scholarship for Future Public Servants

Public-Private Partnership Provides Full Scholarship for Future Public Servants

July 15, 2008

Contact: Anna O’Sullivan
              (212) 854-7671
               ao2255@columbia.edu

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Public-Private Partnership Provides Full Scholarship for Future Public Servants

NEW YORK, July 15, 2008—In 1994 in a rural Pennsylvania town, Corin Kent, the daughter of a white mother and a black father, awoke to the Ku Klux Klan setting a cross ablaze on her front lawn.  Fourteen years later she still replays that scene, but instead of feeling shame, Kent is taking action by preparing for a career in human rights activism.  Along with her peers Samantha Jackson and Lashawna Johnson, Kent was recently accepted to Columbia University School of General Studies as a part of the eighth class of the Global Scholars Program.  A unique partnership between CUNY’s Eugenio María de Hostos Community College, Columbia University School of General Studies and Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, the program provides full tuition benefits for the study of human rights, international affairs and national security.

Corin Kent, Global ScholarSince the program’s inception in 2001, 15 Global Scholars have graduated from Columbia University School of General Studies, and seven are currently enrolled.  The Global Scholars Program has been funded through grants from the United States Departments of State and Defense and has been instrumental in encouraging underrepresented students to pursue careers of public service. 

“I welcome the new class of minority scholars working toward careers in public service through the partnership of Columbia University and Hostos Community College. These fine students represent some of the best and brightest of their communities. Their participation shows their commitment to changing the way our country represents itself both here in the U.S. and around the world,” said José E. Serrano, U.S. Congressman representing the 16th Congressional District. 

As students in the Columbia University School of General Studies, Global Scholars take the same courses, with the same faculty, and earn the same degree as all other Columbia undergraduates.  Additionally, Scholars are required to complete an eight-week internship to enhance students' understanding of international and public affairs.

Kent, who was is also a graduate of the Global Scholars Program at Hostos Community College, is excited about the road ahead.

“I am very grateful for all of the opportunities I have been afforded through the Global Scholars Program. When I entered the program, I did not realize how much I would grow from this experience, and I am honored and excited to continue this journey at Columbia University School of General Studies," Kent said. 

Upon successful completion of her bachelor’s degree, Kent will be eligible to apply for admission to Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs to earn a master of international affairs or a master of public administration.   As Kent looks towards the future, her goal is to work with children who face serious discrimination and human rights violations much like those she faced herself. 

The School of General Studies of Columbia University is the finest liberal arts college in the United States created specifically for students with nontraditional backgrounds seeking a rigorous, traditional, Ivy League undergraduate degree full or part-time.  GS students take the same courses, with the same faculty, and earn the same degree as all other Columbia undergraduates.  For more information about the Global Scholars Program or the School of General Studies, please contact Anna O’Sullivan at (212) 854-7671, or email ao2255@columbia.edu

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