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LSE graduates awarded prestigious Fulbright Scholarships

Three LSE graduates will be taking up places at Harvard University as Fulbright scholars for 2009-10.

Natalie Black and Joel Kenrick, both former Students' Union Treasurers at LSE, are among the outstanding students to be awarded Postgraduate Student Awards to study in the US. Tara Idiegbe, who was awarded the Bassett's Memorial Prize for outstanding performance and achievement by an LSE student while at the School, has been honoured with a Fulbright-British Friends of Harvard Business School MBA Award.

The US-UK Fulbright Commission offers a variety of grants and places on special programmes to the US. Scholars are selected through a rigorous application and interview process and must show: academic excellence – the quality of achievements and how they are to be used in the future; leadership – at university, in the workplace, in the community, in extra-curricular activities; outstanding references; strong reasons for coming to the US to do the proposed project; and ambassadorial qualities - the ability to enhance US-UK relations.

Natalie Black studied International Relations at LSE. While at university, she was researcher to David Chidgey MP and then Baroness Shirley Williams, and interned at Chatham House. She also chaired the Students' Union General Meeting before being elected Treasurer of the Union. Natalie is currently chair of a charity that supports vulnerable young people in Rwanda and is a governor of her local junior school. As a Fulbright Scholar and a recipient of a Presidential Public Service Fellowship, she will pursue a Masters in Public Policy at Harvard University, focusing on conflict prevention and security.

Tara Idiegbe received two scholarships and graduated with First Class Honours in Industrial Relations and Management from LSE. She was awarded the Bassett's Memorial Prize for outstanding performance and achievement by an LSE student. She spent the next 5 years working at Goldman Sachs, most recently as a Training and Development Manager where she was involved in developing two award winning programmes that supported the strategic build out of the Investment Management Division. Tara is a mentor and sits on the Board of the SPEAR charity where she helps to ignite a "vision of the possible" in underprivileged youth, build their confidence and develop their leadership potential. She will take up a place at the Harvard Business School.

Joel Kenrick studied International Relations at LSE, where he campaigned on environmental and social justice issues, was elected to the school's board of directors and later served as Treasurer of the Students' Union. He went on to work as parliamentary researcher to Chris Huhne MP during his time as Liberal Democrat shadow environment and home secretary, as well as during the 2007 leadership election campaign. He is currently working as a climate change policy advisor at the Confederation of British Industry on issues including low-carbon innovation and the future of transport. Joel will be attending Harvard's Kennedy School of Government to study towards a Masters in Public Policy.

For more on Fulbright Awards see http://www.fulbright.co.uk/