FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FOUR STUDENTS WIN GRANTS FOR SUMMER SERVICE
Reed students Nicholas Bentley Â’03, Molly Dodge Â’03, Paul Manson Â’03, and Miriam Yarfitz Â’00 recently received Service Learning Afield Grants, which are designed to enhance Reed studentsÂ’ academic experiences. SLA Grants provide students on summer vacation, study abroad, or on leave with funding, advice, and contacts to complete community service projects that are relevant to their academic interests and provide background material for Reed senior theses, existing courses, or independent study work. The funding for SLA is provided by a grant from the Western Region Campus Compact Consortium, a regional group of Campus Compact member schools.
Nicholas N. Bentley, of Amherst, Massachusetts, plans on spending the summer working with Summerbridge in the Portland area. He will be teaching summer school classes to talented middle school students from the Portland area who do not have the financial means to meet their full academic potential.
Molly Dodge, of Trenton, Maine, will return to the Aegean Wildlife Hospital on the island of Paros, Greece, where she will work rehabilitating injured wildlife of the Mediterranean. She will help to design a captive breeding program for the endangered Eleonora's falcon, be responsible for care and maintenance of the facilities and its inhabitants, and continue her practical study of wildlife veterinary medicine.
Paul T. Manson, of Anchorage, Alaska, will be spending part of the summer living on the Arctic sea in Alaska with the Inupiaq people of Barrow and Nuiqsut. The people of Nuiqsut are currently anticipating the beginning of production from an oil field that is part-owned by the village. Manson hopes to explore and record the local perceptions of those working on the field and those affected by it by working with the Commission on Inupiaq History, Language, and Culture.
Miriam Yarfitz, of Seattle, Washington, has set up an internship with the Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers Project of the Georgia Legal Services Program, part of a national project that provides free legal services to populations with few resources. She will assist the two staff attorneys in their legal research and brief preparation and lead educational outreach to the Mexican, Haitian, and Jamaican migrant farmworker populations, as well as to the seasonal locally based African American agricultural workers.