Dover Campus graduate Eyner Roman-Lopez has been accepted into the internationally competitive 2016 Future Global Leaders (FGL) fellowship program.
Eyner, who attended UWCSEA Dover as the Peruvian NC between 2012 and 2014, was one of only 20 fellows selected from a pool of 300 international applications. Now a first-year UWC Davis Scholar at Colorado College, Eyner is studying math and studio art with the intent of becoming an architect. He hopes to use design as a means of achieving social impact and reducing socio-economic inequalities.
The Future Global Leaders three-year fellowship, provided by the Future Leaders Foundation, offers mentorship from world renowned professionals, a three-week intensive leadership training in the Rocky Mountains, funding and support for an internship abroad, customized career advice and tools, and access to the Fortis Society upon completion of the fellowship. The aim of the Fortis Society is to bring more diversity to world leadership.
“I grew up in a small district in the outskirts of Lima,” Eyner explained. “When I was a kid, I helped my mother at the bookstore she owned before I went to school in the afternoon. She would tell me that the person who reads has the ability to go far in life.” In 2010 he enrolled in the only public boarding school in Peru, and it was there he first experienced intercultural exchange. Two years later he won a scholarship to study in Singapore at UWCSEA, awarded by the UWC National Committee in Peru.
The multicultural education and the international environment at UWCSEA were beneficial. “They exposed me to complex and puzzling situations that showed me a wide picture as a young idealistic student. That motivated me to join the FGL fellowship; I want to keep expanding my access to global education.”
Eyner will be joining young leaders representing 35 nationalities and excelling at college and universities in the United States, United Kingdom, France, Singapore, Hong Kong, China, and the United Arab Emirates. The foundations’ admissions committee – comprised of leaders in the corporate and public sector – unanimously selected the final 20 FGL fellows based on their proven records of academic excellence, strength of character, leadership potential, and ambition.
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