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2014 Fulbright Scholarship Winners Announced

Today, the Australian-American Fulbright Commission officially announced the recipients of its 2014 Australian Scholarships and Anne-Wexler Scholarships during a presentation dinner at Brisbane City Hall.

Among them, Ms Karen Hart of The Youth Junction Inc was recognised as the recipient of this year’s Fulbright Professional Scholarship in Non-Profit Leadership, sponsored by the Origin Foundation and supported by the Australian Scholarships Foundation (ASF).

The annually awarded Fulbright Professional Scholarship in Non-Profit Leadership is designed to provide an opportunity for a leader in the NFP sector to undertake research in the United States for 3-4 months. An individual scholarship benefit is valued up to $40,000 for research and professional development in the U.S. The Origin Foundation has generously funded this scholarship opportunity for 2013-2017.

Karen Hart
With her Fulbright scholarship, Karen Hart plans to study at the Nonprofit Centers Network at the Alliance Centre in Denver, Colorado from July to November 2014. Her studies will focus on the critical success factors for implementation and ongoing operation of not-for-profit, co-located centres in the U.S. She hopes to apply that knowledge to build effective centres in Australia upon her return.

“I will be well positioned to investigate and build a robust case for policy and practice for the delivery of NFP Centres in Australia and, potentially, other parts of the world. This offers exciting potential for growth and development in this emerging field of research,” Karen says.

Karen holds a BA Hons. in Applied Social Work, an MSc in Social Science Research Methods and is currently completing a PhD through the College of Justice and Law at Victoria University. She has also managed co-located youth service centres in Australia and the UK for many years.

Of this year’s recipients, Executive Director for the Australian-American Fulbright Commission, Dr Tangerine Holt, says, “The calibre of our 2014 scholars is exceptional. These remarkable individuals were chosen because of their talent as well as their passion to translate their research in Australia and globally. From agricultural science to astrophysics, I am proud that these extraordinary Australians will make a difference to change the world.”