ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Antiguan student Amaya Athill is among four Caribbean students awarded the 2012 Fellows of the prestigious Fulbright programme. It means she will have her graduate-level studies funded by the US government.
The 24-year-old Antiguan attorney was admitted to the Bar at the Eastern Caribbean Court in July this year. She currently resides in the US capital of Washington DC where she is pursuing her master’s degree in law at Georgetown University.
Barbadians Roderick Prescod and Megan Cox and St Lucian Nyo Serieux are the other students to receive the scholarship.
The quartet has become part of a worldwide community of Fulbright scholars, including such distinguished alumni as Barbadian novelist George Lamming, UWI Cave Hill’s deputy principal Dr Eudine Barriteau, and St Kitts and Nevis’ Minister of Education, Nigel Carty.
The programme is the flagship international exchange programme sponsored by the US government and operates in more than 155 countries.
Since 1965, nearly 200 people from the Eastern Caribbean have received Fulbright Awards.
The programme’s creator, late US Senator J William Fulbright, intended it “to bring a little more knowledge, a little more reason and a little more compassion into world affairs and thereby to increase the chance that nations will learn at last to live in peace and friendship.”