Bucks County Herald

Local Fulbright Scholarship recipient to work in Sri Lanka

Maggie Gratz of Doylestown, a May graduate of the accelerated Master of Public Policy program in the University of Virginia’s Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, has received a Fulbright Scholarship and will work as an English teaching assistant in Jaffna, Sri Lanka.

“My interest in Sri Lanka intensified when I was researching the country for a past internship,” she said. “I wrote technical proposals for U.S. government-funded projects that focused on the transportation and land sectors, the political economy, as well as public-private-partnerships for supporting sustainable development within the country. This not only ignited my desire to gain a more tangible and personal context for the work, but also my hope to discover Sri Lanka as a microcosm for economic, environmental and education policymaking.”

Gratz is no stranger to Asia. She studied abroad in Thailand and conducted research alongside an agricultural development organization in Cambodia through a Jefferson Public Citizens grant.

As a graduate student, Gratz has been president of the Batten Graduate Council, a Tri-Sector Leadership Fellow, a Class of 2017 trustee, a graduate teaching assistant and a senior editor of Virginia Policy Review, and consistently appeared on the dean’s list. As an undergraduate, she was president of Students Helping Honduras and a member of the University Guide Service, the Class Councils, the women’s club basketball team and the Alpha Chi Omega sorority. She was an advocate and peer educator for One Less, which provides educational resources on sexual assault, respect and consent. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, the Raven Society and the I.M.P. Society. She served as an orientation leader and won the inaugural Kishore Memorial Scholarship Award.

A graduate of Central Bucks West High School, she wants to work in the field of international development.


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