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MaryFaith Mount-Cors awarded 2007-08 Foreign Language and Area Studies fellowship

MaryFaith Mount-Cors, a second-year doctoral student in Culture, Curruculum and Change, has been selected as a recipient of a 2007-08 Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowship. The $15,000 fellowship will fund her third year of doctoral work, when she will study the Kiswahili language and complete relevant area studies courses in political science and African studies at UNC-Chapel Hill, in preparation for her dissertation research focusing on education in East Africa.

Mount-Cors earned her baccalaureate degree in religion with a concentration in international studies from Davidson College in 1992. She earned a master of arts degree in French from New York University in 1997.

She served in the U.S. Peace Corps in Benin, West Africa, as a rural community development volunteer in 1993-94. She presented seminars in nutrition and literacy to mothers in a 45-village region, worked with local cooperatives in 11 outlying villages and wrote a successful grant proposal to the U.S. Embassy for a fish farming and quail husbandry project. She was selected to speak on national television in the Goun language at a ceremony celebrating 25 years of Peace Corps work in Benin.

Subsequently, she was a French and Spanish teacher in Vermont and New Hampshire. She also worked with Creative Associates International in Washington, D.C., conducting education projects in developing countries for the U.S. Agency for International Development. 

Her ultimate career goal, Mount-Cors says, is “to be an informed and significant voice in global conversations and action about international development and education.”

FLAS fellowships are funded through the U.S. Department of Education and administered on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus by the Center for Global Initiatives. They are intended to assist graduate students in acquiring foreign language skills and area or international studies competencies.