18 doctoral students in education selected as Gabriela Mistral Scholars

By Carl Clark
University News Service
September 29, 2015

Project Leadership and Educational Action Resource Network (LEARN)-Chile has named 18 Texas State University doctoral students in education as recipients of the 100K Strong-Gabriela Mistral Scholars award for fall 2015.

Project LEARN-Chile provides an international research and learning opportunity for doctoral students in education at Texas State. These 18 scholars will collaborate with Chilean doctoral students from Universidad Alberto Hurtado and Universidad Diego Portales to investigate multiple forms of public education in Chile through centers of the arts, educational non-profit organizations and citizens’ movements. 

Project LEARN-Chile has developed a partnership with the Gabriela Mistral Foundation, Inc. The foundation is helping to organize events and a network in Chile to advance the scholars’ learning experiences abroad.

“This provides a unique opportunity to these students as they will be able to research and learn the forms of public education in another country,” said Cynthia De La Cruz, outreach coordinator for the College of Education at Texas State. “The participants will work with local centers, educational non-profit organizations and other groups during their stay.”

100,000 Strong in the Americas is President Obama’s signature educational initiative for the Western Hemisphere. Through a competitive grant award, 100K Strong is funding the scholars’ travel to Chile in November 2015 for research fieldwork and learning, small group Spanish language lessons for scholars, and logistical support for an open conference in Chile. 

“The Gabriela Mistral Foundation, Inc. is honored to collaborate in the 100K Strong-Gabriela Mistral Scholars project with Texas State University and all partners,” said Gloria Garafulich-Grabois, director of the Gabriela Mistral Foundation. “This important initiative, under the leadership of Dr. Michael O’Malley and Tanya Long, highlights the importance that education and outreach have for all individuals and their great impact not only for the individual but in the community at large.” 

More information on 100K Strong-Gabriela Mistral Scholars and the 18 participating scholars can be found at http://projectlearn.wp.txstate.edu/.