Colby College student wins Voyager scholarship

Sept. 14 – A Colby College junior hoping for a future in public service has been awarded a Voyager Fellowship by the Obama Foundation.

The scholarships, which include up to $50,000 in financial aid and travel allowances, were awarded Tuesday to 100 recipients who plan to pursue a career in public service.

Terra Gallo, a Colby student who grew up in Cumberland, is one of the recipients. While in Colby, she worked in a mentorship program with Waterville youth and an independent civic engagement project focused on sharing diverse stories about menstruation.

“I want to focus on environmental issues and building communities that are resilient to climate change,” Gallo said in a statement. “I am passionate about food insecurity and food justice, and I intend to work collaboratively to find solutions.”

The Voyager Fellowships were funded by a $100 million contribution from Brian Chesky, one of the founders of Airbnb.

“These young travelers believe in a fairer and more inclusive world,” former President Barak Obama said in a statement announcing the scholarship winners. “I can’t wait to see what they accomplish through public service.”

Financial aid for scholarship recipients can be applied to the costs of their junior and senior years to reduce scholarship recipients’ college debt and enable them to afford a career in public service. Additionally, they receive a $10,000 stipend and free Airbnb housing for a summer work-travel experience between their junior and senior years of college, and a 10-year travel allowance of $2,000 per year. .

“Travelling to new places and connecting with new people will help bring their plans to fruition,” Chesky said in a statement.

Voyagers can also attend a fall gathering and invitations to an ongoing speaker series, giving them access to a network of leaders, and upon graduation, they will have access to resources and programming. of the Obama Foundation.

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

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