A Rutgers University student studying abroad to get into the top universities in New Jersey has earned a $50,000 scholarship and been awarded a prestigious fellowship.
University of Rochester senior Daniela Garcia has been selected as the recipient of the prestigious International Award for the Development of Teaching and Learning, known as IATL, by the Council for International Fellowships.
Garcia, who has been working as a teaching assistant in the Dominican Republic since she was 14, said the award is significant because it means she can be more successful than her peers.
She said she has no idea how she is going to be able to live with herself and her family while pursuing her master’s degree.
“This scholarship has been a dream come true for me, I never imagined that I would get this opportunity,” Garcia said.
The IATLA awards $100,000 to young researchers who demonstrate “a strong commitment to the university, the field, and to the teaching profession.”
The university will provide Garcia with $10,000 for tuition and other costs.
The $50 million scholarship is a continuation of a $25 million scholarship awarded to Garcia last year.
Garcia is the first student to receive the award.
The award is the largest for an IATLAN award, according to the council.
The program, which was created in 2006, was established by the International Association for Teaching and Leadership in Education to support and support research in universities and other research centers, the council said.
Geraldine Mancini, president of the Council of International Fellorships, said she is proud of Garcia’s achievements and the support she has received from the university.
“She has demonstrated leadership in teaching abroad, the Dominican experience, and has demonstrated the value of working on behalf of a broader education community,” Mancinis said in a statement.