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A Colby Faculty junior who hopes for a future in public service has been awarded a Voyager Scholarship from the Obama Basis.

The scholarships, which embody as much as $50,000 in monetary support and journey stipends, had been awarded Tuesday to 100 recipients who plan to pursue a profession in public service.

Terra Gallo, a Colby scholar who grew up in Cumberland, is likely one of the recipients. Whereas at Colby, she has labored in a mentoring program with Waterville youth and an impartial civic engagement mission that centered on sharing numerous tales about menstruation.

“I wish to deal with environmental points and constructing communities which might be resilient to local weather change,” Gallo stated in an announcement. “I’m enthusiastic about meals insecurity and meals justice, and I plan to work collaboratively to seek out options.”

The Voyager Scholarships had been funded by a $100 million contribution from Brian Chesky, one of many founders of Airbnb.

“These younger Voyagers consider in a fairer and extra inclusive world,” former President Barak Obama stated in an announcement asserting the scholarship winners. “I can’t wait to see what they accomplish by public service.”

The monetary support for the scholarship winners may be utilized to the prices of their junior and senior years to scale back winners’ faculty debt and permit them to afford a profession  in public service. As well as, they obtain a $10,000 stipend and free Airbnb housing for a summer season work-travel expertise between their junior and senior years of school, and a 10-year journey stipend of $2,000 per yr.

“Touring to new locations and connecting with new individuals will assist them flip their plans into actuality,” Chesky stated in an announcement.

The Voyagers can even attend a fall gathering and invites to an ongoing speaker sequence, giving them entry to a community of leaders and, after commencement, they may have entry to Obama Basis assets and programming.

This inaugural group of Voyagers comes from 35 states and territories and 70 faculties and universities.

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