Greg Casey '09 Awarded Fulbright Grant to Jamaica
Greg Casey, a candidate for May graduation from Hamilton, has been awarded a Fulbright Grant to Jamaica. This grant will enable him to complete the MSc program in economic development policy at the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies at the University of West Indies in Mona, Jamaica.
For the research component of the program, Casey will focus on the recent emergence of microfinance in Jamaica. Microfinance is the provision of basic financial services to the poor. In his proposal Casey noted that "prior to 2008 there was a not a significant presence of microfinance in the country and there were no specific government policies related to microfinance. This makes Jamaica an anomaly among developing countries, most of which already have a strong microfinance presence." Casey said conducting his research project in Jamaica will provide the opportunity to study the emergence of microfinance in a developing country.
At Hamilton, Casey is the founder and president of the Microfinance Club, which is dedicated to aiding development in Utica, N.Y., by providing micro-loans to individuals and small businesses. In 2007 Casey studied development economics at the London School of Economics. He is also a research assistant for MicroCapital.org.
He is a member of Omicron Delta Epsilon, the international economics honor society, and a member of Psi Upsilon fraternity, where he has served as social chair, rush chair and pledge educator.
Upon his return to the U.S. Casey plans to pursue a doctoral degree in economics with a focus on business or financial economics. He is the son of Carolyn and Patrick Casey of Medfield, Ma.
The purpose of the Fulbright Program is to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries through the exchange of persons, knowledge and skills. The program is designed to give recent college graduates opportunities for personal development and international experience.
It offers invaluable opportunities to meet and work with people of the host country, sharing daily life as well as professional and creative insights. The program promotes cross-cultural interaction and mutual understanding on a person-to-person basis in an atmosphere of openness, academic integrity and intellectual freedom. The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by Congress to the Department of State.
The Fulbright Program awarded approximately 6,000 grants in 2008, at a cost of more than $275.4 million, to U.S. students, teachers, professionals, and scholars to study, teach, lecture and conduct research in more than 155 countries, and to their foreign counterparts to engage in similar activities in the United States.