The US Embassy in Barbados announced that St. Lucian Claudia Louis was one of only twenty-seven scholars world wide to be awarded the newly established Fulbright Science and Technology Fellowship for 2007.

Ms. Louis, an employee of the Ministry of Education and Culture will commence studies leading toward a PhD at Syracuse University in September.

The St. Lucian academic can count herself among an elite of highly qualified young men and women from nearly 30 countries around the world who having gone through a rigorous, multi-tiered, merit-based selection process including in-country competitions and a review by top U.S academics including a Nobel Laureate, and have come out on top.

She currently manages the Information Technology Unit of the Ministry of Education and for the past six years was the software systems administrator within the same department.  During that period she has played an active role in various IT initiatives in the education sector such as production of interactive CDs for Common Entrance students, computer training and certification for teachers, the introduction of an Education Management Information System, Knowledge Management working group, and regional IT Policy for the education sector (OECS level).

Ms. Louis obtained her MBA with Information Systems Specialization from Carleton University, Ottawa, and a BSc in Computing and Management from the University of Technology in Jamaica. During her undergraduate years she received a prize for most outstanding student in her class and later graduated with First Class Honors.

In response to the news that Ms. Louis had won the new Fulbright award, Public Affairs Officer at the U.S Embassy, Julie O’Reagan, whose office oversees the program said, “We are extremely pleased, though not surprised, that one of our Caribbean applicants was selected.  The Embassy welcomes this new Fulbright program that will permit us to assist outstanding Caribbean students to perfect their skills and return to help their countries.”

Like all U.S. government funded scholarship programs, Fulbright awards include a provision that on completion of the program, a grantee must return to work in his or her country for a minimum of two years, before seeking work in any other country.

Students interested in applying for the 2008 Fulbright Science and Technology Fellowship may apply at https://apply/embark.com/student/fulbright/international.