Stephen Okin '10 Awarded Fulbright Grant

Stephen Okin '10, a candidate for May graduation from Hamilton, has been awarded a Fulbright Grant to Barbados. He will pursue a master’s degree in integration studies at the University of the West Indies Cave Hill campus in Barbados. Through his project Okin seeks to understand the role regional cooperation plays in the eastern Caribbean, which faces unique challenges due to its history, geography and limited resources. Specifically he’ll focus on security cooperation by volunteering at a regional security organization. 

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers fellowships for U.S. graduating college seniors, graduate students, young professionals and artists to study abroad for one academic year.

Okin, a government major at Hamilton, is a Student Assembly representative and served as Student Assembly president in 2008 and president of the class of 2010 in 2006 and 2007. He received an Emerson summer grant in 2007 to research the economic interdependence and political relations between the U.S. and Venezuela under the Chavez government. Okin was the organizer of Cans for Troops, a program to recycle cans and donate the deposits to the Yellow Ribbon Fund, which assist families of Iraq/Afghanistan veterans.

After completing his Fulbright, Okin plans to attend at master’s program in security studies, and then he intends to pursue a career in security-related policy within the federal government.

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 U.S. Student Program awards approximately 900 grants annually and currently operates in more than 140 countries worldwide.

Stephen Okin is a graduate of Horace Mann School.
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