Former Xavier University Valedictorian Receives Fulbright to Study Political Economy of Development

June 8, 2012

Shaye Worthman, valedictorian of Xavier’s class of 2009 (psychology and Spanish) and master’s candidate in the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver, has received a Fulbright Full Graduate Degree Grant to study political economy of development at the Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla in Puebla, Mexico during the 2012-2013 academic year.

“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 says. “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,” says Christian End, PhD, associate professor of psychology and Worthman’s mentor at Xavier. “She was one of many students who received support from various Xavier scholarships to achieve her goals.”