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Killam Fellow heading south

By Kelly Foss

As Memorial University’s latest recipient of a Killam Fellowship, Jared Penney is hoping to begin his cross-border adventure this fall.

Originally from Corner Brook, the bachelor of science student is currently in his third year of a joint honours degree in applied math and chemistry. His selection for a Killam Fellowship will allow him to spend one semester at the State University of New York in Plattsburgh, NY.

“I’ve spent my entire education in Newfoundland,” said Mr. Penney. “I want to see something different. I want to get somebody else’s point of view. I’m really looking forward to doing more travelling.”

The Killam Fellowships Program is a scholarship program which allows undergraduate students to participate in a bi-national residential exchange program between Canada and the United States. Scholarship recipients have the option to spend either one semester or a full academic year as an exchange student in the other country. The program is designed to encourage exceptional undergraduate students in the two countries by providing a unique opportunity for academic exchange.

To be chosen for the fellowship, students must first apply to their home university, which then puts forth its top applicants to a national selection committee.

“I applied last year and was shortlisted nationally,” said Mr. Penney. “It was very disappointing. But this year I received a letter from the foundation suggesting I reapply. I was pretty excited when I found out I was successful.”

As part of his fellowship, Mr. Penney will receive a cash award of $5,000 US, a $500 allowance to offset health insurance costs and he can apply for a $800 mobility grant which would allow him to take an educational field trip in his host country. He will also get to attend a fall orientation session in Ottawa and a spring seminar in Washington.

The Killam Fellowship program is administered by the Foundation for Educational Exchange between Canada and the United States of America and is supported by the American Killam Trusts, the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, and the Foundation. It is an integral part of the Foundation's multidimensional strategy to foster mutual understanding between the citizens of Canada and the citizens of the United States.

About 40 scholarships were available for 2009-10.