The Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame has received a $290,000 grant from the Coca-Cola Foundation to support the Notre Dame Prize for Distinguished Public Service in Latin America and to expand the Kellogg Institute Internship Program.
About $180,000 of the funding will provide three years of support for the annual Notre Dame Prize, which is the only award of its kind to recognize the efforts of public figures to enhance the region’s welfare by strengthening democracy and improving the well being of its citizens.
Established in 2000, the Notre Dame Prize has been awarded to some of the leading political, civil and religious figures in Latin America. Among the previous recipients are Brazilian President Luiz Incio Lula da Silva and former President Fernando Henrique Cardoso; Latin American Cardinal Oscar Andrs Rodrguez Maradiaga; and former Chilean President Patricio Aylwin Azcar.
Additionally, $110,000 of the grant will provide support for 20 students to participate in the Kellogg Institute’s international internship program through the summer of 2008 and expand the program into Asia and Africa. The program provides undergraduates opportunities to gain hands-on experience with international policy institutes, non-governmental organizations and businesses, including micro-finance groups in Uganda, U.S. embassies in Argentina and Chile, small farming operations in Mexico, and healthcare facilities in the Dominican Republic.
The Coca-Cola Foundation strives to improve the quality of life in the community and enhance individual opportunity through education. In the past decade, the foundation has contributed more than $155 million in support of education.
Contact: Kelly Roberts, Kellogg Institute, 574-631-9184, firstname.lastname@example.org
Originally published by newsinfo.nd.edu on February 26, 2007.at