Kent Troutman, a finance major at Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business, has been selected as a Fulbright Scholar for 2010-11 academic year. Troutman plans to travel to the Sichuan province of China to conduct research about interest rate policies that would allow microfinance to be an effective poverty-alleviation tool in Southwestern China. He studied abroad in Beijing during the 2009-10 academic year.
Troutman says he plans to use what he learns from the Fulbright experience to eventually establish himself in a career working in foreign service or an international non-governmental organization (NGO) in the field of economic development policy.
“Being selected was one of the proudest moments of my academic career,” Troutman says. “The application process was a learning experience in-and-of-itself, as I had to think very hard about what I wanted to do after graduation and where my true passions lied.”
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is designed to provide opportunities for personal development and international experience to recent graduates. Most grantees plan their own program agendas. 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.