Former CGL Advisory Council Member Ron Cruse ’77 CLAS continues to generously support international fellowships in memory of Sergey Kuzminykh, a close colleague and friend. This program annually awards fellowships for undergraduate student involvement in non-traditional global study and experience. These awards are intended to support compelling, unique, and potentially transformative experiences outside of the US, preferably involving business or other organizations. There is a strong preference for destinations in the developing and emerging regions of the world.
Morgan Gruenewald '16 CLAS, is a double major in political science and economics is interested in pursuing a career in international development. She applied her Cruse Fellowship toward SIT’s Development Studies program in Kampala, Uganda during Fall 2014. Morgan is an active member of Villanova University’s chapter of Catholic Relief Services Ambassadors and the Sophomore Service Learning Community and she serves as a Campus Organizer for Faith in Public Life. Morgan feels that her study abroad program, which combines classes with field research and a practicum experience, will enable her to directly engage with the many fascinating issues that she has explored through her coursework at Villanova. Through her field research, Morgan hopes to assess barriers to healthcare delivery in refugee populations.
Ashley Bell '16 CLAS is a Criminology and Sociology double major and a Peace and Justice and Africana Studies double minor from Philadelphia, PA. After college, she plans on joining the Peace Corps to work on youth development in Morocco. Her ultimate aspiration is to pursue a career in law as a Social and Criminal Justice lawyer. She plans on using the Cruse Fellowship to further develop her Peace and Justice education and to gain experience advocating for human rights.
Michael Lamb '16 VSB is pursuing majors in Finance and Economics and minors in Accounting and Business Analytics. Michael utilized his fellowship while working with a microfinance NGO in Punta Gorda, Belize last summer. He assisted local entrepreneurs to gain needed capital through grants and loans in order to start their small business. He will continue to work with entrepreneurs to help them grow their business. Michael is very excited to help people realize their business goals and to study the impact of microfinance in developmental economics firsthand.
Jonathan Pizzutti ’17 VSB is pursuing majors in Management and Economics. He serves on the executive boards of Business Without Borders and Inter-Hall Council and is also involved in the Equity Society and Liturgical Ministry. Jonathan is planning on using the Cruse Fellowship to help Business Without Borders establish a program for Villanova students to utilize microfinance by funding small businesses and developing tourism in Nicaragua. Through this opportunity, he hopes to gain firsthand experience about the positive effects that small businesses can have on the local economies of developing regions.
Mihir Shah '17 VSB is pursuing majors in Finance and Economics with a minor in Business Analytics. He is involved on campus through his leadership positions in Equity Society, Special Olympics Fall Festival, and the source of his latest interest, Business Without Borders (BWB). With his fellow BWB executive board member, he traveled to Managua, Nicaragua to assist local organizations such as Tipicallan and El Pescadito in receiving microfinance loans. Through these loans and a well-organized business plan, he hopes to spark a national interest in eco-tourism, which will help develop the local economy.