2009 valedictorian receives Fulbright scholarship to study political economy of development

Worthman is attending the Benemérita Universidad Autonoma de Puebla in Puebla, Mexico | June 8, 2012

Shaye Worthman, valedictorian of the Class of 2009, has received a Fulbright scholarship to study political economy of development at the Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla in Puebla, Mexico, during the 2012-2013 academic year. Worthman earned degrees in psychology and Spanish at Xavier and is a master’s degree candidate in the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver.

“Completing my PhD in Mexico with this Fulbright grant will give me the academic and theoretical support to better understand the complexities of economic and social development in Latin America,” Worthman said. “Moreover, I will gain the international field experience I need to fulfill my career aspirations of researching and evaluating rural development projects in Latin America, while contributing to the larger literature on public policy and rural development strategies.”

The Fulbright program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, is the largest U.S. international exchange program. Established in 1946 to build relationships between the U.S. and other countries, it is a prestigious and competitive grant awarded to the very best students across the nation.

“Shaye had many experiences at Xavier which prepared her to be a success,” said Christian End, PhD, associate professor of psychology who was Worthman’s mentor at Xavier. “She is one of many students who used to full advantage the support she received from various Xavier scholarships to achieve her goals.”