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WELFund Testimonials

Emily Meachon '16 on being a welcorps leader

WELFund’s programs have had an entirely positive impact on my college experience and continuously guide me toward success. The WELCorps program has provided me with valuable leadership, career, and personal development seminars through on campus and off campus programs. Specifically, the important skills I have been able to practice and polish through the WELCorps biweekly sessions include public speaking, interview skills, resume building, networking, and more. Outside of the biweekly sessions, WELFund has further supported the development of its members through funding educational trips, community service projects, group bonding trips, and even national conferences. I had the opportunity to attend the National Conference for Collegiate Women Student Leaders at the University of Maryland, College Park in June 2014. This experience was astounding. I was able to witness a number of incredible speakers, including Chelsea Clinton, and attend an extremely helpful graduate school and job fair. Furthermore I was able to network with successful women from across the country. This experience would not have been possible without the support of WELFund. To read the full testimonial click here.

Nicole Kalmus '14 on her research as a Dorothy Goodiwn Scholar-     

This past summer I researched aid transparency, which is publishing foreign assistance data in a central and public location. I am taking my Dorothy Goodwin work and morphing it into my senior Honors thesis. After I graduate I plan to do graduate level studies in development, and continue advocating for aid transparency. I am currently a John G. Martin Scholarship finalist, meaning I have a chance to study at Oxford University and continue my work with transparency and data.     

Personally this summer I learned about my own capabilities as a researcher. I discovered the research process, and as someone looking to do research as a career it affirmed my professional goals. I also was able to create a personal relationship with my advisor, something I did not have with any member of the faculty before my project. This summer I realized how helpful it is to create relationships with the professors and staff at the university.

Thank you so much for this incredible opportunity. It has turned out to be the starting point to my work in presenting, explaining, and advocating for aid transparency. It will not stop here. This experience is one that will be pertinent throughout my entire professional career.  To read the full testimonial click here.

Nicole Coumes '17 on attending the PSI conference-     

The project has been amazing and being here has definitely been one of the most fun as well as intellectually challenging things I have done during my time in college.  I could not be more grateful for WELfund's support.     

My project aims to create sustainable practices at the University of Hartford in partnership with the surrounding community of Hartford in the areas of consumption, waste, and reskilling, through the use of technology.     

One of the most beneficial aspects of PSI is the diversity of fellows and mentors in attendance. I feel as I have already formed ties which will withstand years and distance.