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​For Immediate Release: May 30, 2013

Providence College Awards Father Smith Fellowships to Students

Providence, R.I. - Ten Providence College students were named the recipients of the prestigious 2013 Father Philip A. Smith, O.P. Student Fellowship for Study and Service Abroad through the College's Office of Mission and Ministry (OMM).

The students will be spending portions of this summer in South Africa, Australia, Haiti, India, Spain, and the Solomon Islands. The Father Smith fellowships enable students to participate in summer study or service at both Catholic and Dominican sites outside the United States.

  • Molly O'Donohue ’15, of Sparkill, N.Y., a finance major, will work at the Louverture Cleary School, which is operated through The Haitian Project, located just outside of Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
  • David O’Connor ’14, of Franklin Square, N.Y., a public and community service major, O’Connor will work at the St. Martin de Porres Development Centre (Dominican Friars), in Springs, South Africa.
  • Melissa Scott ’14, of Seekonk, Mass., a political science and Spanish major, will work at the The Center of Spanish Language and Culture at The Catholic University of Avila, Spain. (“Venerable Louis of Granada, O.P, and His Influence on Spanish Mysticism”)
  • Heidi Fraitzl ’14, of Bedford, N.H., a sociology major, will work in the Dominican Friars’ Ministries, in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.
  • Amanda Haluga ’14, of Groton, Conn., a psychology major, Haluga will work in the Dominican Friars’ Ministries, in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.
  • Mary McDermott ’14, of Hopedale, Mass., a music education major, will work at the Indian Center for Integrated Development (Dominican Friars), in Nagpur, India.
  • Catherine Mulvihill ’15, of Middle Village, N.Y., an accounting major, will work with the Dominican Sisters’ Ministries in Sydney, Australia.
  • Emily Reers ’15, of Glen Rock, N.J., a political science major, will work at the Indian Center for Integrated Development (Dominican Friars), in Nagpur, India.
  • Ryan Frazier ’15, of Basking Ridge, N. J., a biology major, will work with the Dominican Friars’ and Sisters’ Ministries in Auki, Malaita Island, Solomon Islands.
  • Kaitlin Scharff ’14 of Far Hills, N. J., an elementary/special education major, will work with the Dominican Friars’ and Sisters’ Ministries in Auki, Malaita Island, Solomon Islands.

The fellowships first awarded in 2009, are funded in part through a gift from Kathleen Tellier Murray ’83G, who served on PC’s Board of Trustees from 2000-08, and her husband, Thomas Murray. Father Smith, who died in 2007, was a member of the Class of 1963 and served as PC’s 11th president from 1994-2005.

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Chrissy Centazzo
Public Affairs, Community and Government Relations
401-865-2413
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