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Kyhla Desire, ’19, receives William Jefferson Clinton Scholarship to study abroad

| By Molly Robey
Kyhla Desire, ’19, receives William Jefferson Clinton Scholarship
Kyhla Desire, ’19, William Jefferson Clinton Scholarship recipient.

Kyhla Desire, ’19, is the second Loyola student to be awarded the William Jefferson Clinton Scholarship to study abroad at American University in Dubai during the spring 2019 semester.

Desire is a Global Studies major with a minor in African American studies.

“I hope to continue to expand my thought, my comfort level, and my understanding of others,” said Desire, who is a member of the Global Studies Club and co-founder and executive board member of the Council of Inclusion, Equity, and Change. “It means everything to me to receive this scholarship and have the opportunity to study abroad for four months.”

Naomi Githae, assistant director of international programs, said it’s an honor to have Loyola students be recognized for their academic achievements and their interest in Middle Eastern affairs.

“Since the opening of our study abroad program in Dubai in fall 2017, a total of eight Loyola students have been awarded the scholarship,” said Githae. “Having two recipients chosen for study during spring 2019 helps promote the Dubai program, which is such an extraordinary study abroad opportunity for Loyola students.”

Chiara Maalouf, ’20, was also awarded the William Jefferson Clinton Scholarship for the spring 2019 semester.

About the William Jefferson Clinton Scholarship:

The William Jefferson Clinton Scholarship at the American University in Dubai seeks to further the goals of the Clinton Presidential Foundation to strengthen the capacity of people in the United States and throughout the world to meet the challenges of global interdependence. In partnership with the American University in Dubai, the program will provide American students based in the United States the opportunity to expand their educational and cultural horizons by studying in the Arab world. This prestigious award, only grants scholarships to 10 students from the United States per semester. 


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