Texas State University’s Project LEARN-Chile is proud to announce the 100K Strong-Gabriela Mistral Scholars. These 18 scholars are Ph.D. in Education students studying School Improvement or Adult, Professional & Community Education at the university. Competitively selected from a larger applicant pool, the scholars are funded by the 100K Strong Innovation Fund to participate in educational research as service learning in Chile in the Fall 2015 semester. Their empirical research study, designed through the Seminar in International Educational Research, investigates multiple forms of public pedagogy in Chile through transnational fieldwork.
100,000 Strong in the Americas, President Obama’s signature education initiative in the Western Hemisphere, promotes transnational institutional partnerships by leveraging private sector contributions and commitments by higher education institutions to increase unique study abroad opportunities for students across the hemisphere.
Named in partnership with the Gabriela Mistral Foundation, Inc., this scholar award is inspired by the Chilean poet Gabriela Mistral. The Foundation has actively fostered collaborations for this project in North and South America and provided intellectual resources to inform the scholars’ work. In 1945, Mistral became the first Latin American to win the Nobel Prize in Literature and to date remains the only Latin American woman to earn this award. Born Lucila Godoy Alcayaga, on April 7, 1889 in Vicuña, Chile, Gabriela Mistral was a school teacher, poet, diplomat, and humanitarian. Mistral’s intense commitment to healing the world through education, poetry, and diplomacy and her contribution to the bridging the Americas lead us to present the 100K Strong-Gabriela Mistral Scholars at Texas State University in this 70th Anniversary year of Gabriela Mistral’s Nobel Prize award.