It’s a Small World


Megan Scott ’16

Business Administration and Economics

Michael Zalkin Memorial Scholarship Recipient

Fueling the flame: Ilana and Andy Zalkin ’76

“Being abroad has changed me, making me very positive and forcing me outside of my comfort zone to constantly try new things. I realize how important it is to live in the now and do what you want rather than wait. I cannot thank the Zalkins enough for their generosity.”

Megan Scott ’16 was the first recipient of the Michael Zalkin Memorial Scholarship, established by Ilana and Andy Zalkin ’76 in memory of their son who was only 13 when he was killed in a tragic accident in 2004.

When applying for the scholarship, Scott laid out her long-term plan to work with women entrepreneurs in developing countries someday. After her travel abroad experience, she said she realized that someday is now.

When she heard about possible open positions in economic development with the Peace Corps in Thailand in January 2017, she crafted her senior thesis to focus on Thailand’s developing economy.

“I am not sure that I am ready to jump in and go to Thailand yet, because I don’t know the language and you really have to research the culture before you move there,” she said. “So I thought if I’m serious, I better start researching it. So I did.”

She’s also exploring the possibility of working with the Peace Corps in Ghana, Cameroon or South Africa, or taking a marketing position with an American company overseas.

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