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Paula Crawford and Tyler Gillespie celebrate at the 2014 Leadership Scholarship Banquet at Arizona State University. Submitted

Honored at the 2014 Prestigious Leadership Scholarship Banquet at ASU has set the tone for these two ASU graduates from Kearny, Ariz. who will continue their endeavors abroad.

Tyler Gillespie, son of Samantha and Chris Misita and grandson to Bill and Becky Dunn, and Paula Alexis Crawford, daughter of Dr. Jeff and Julia Crawford, were honored at the event.

Tyler graduated from ASU with a double major in Sustainable Energy, Materials, Technology, and Biochemistry.

Tyler had the opportunity to spend his junior year of high school in Chile as a recipient of the Rotary International Student Exchange Program, becoming fluent in Spanish. A recipient of the Leadership Scholarship, Tyler received another scholarship to study abroad in Ecuador for a month to research the country’s sustainable farming practices as well as to learn about the issues facing the Amazon Basin region. 

Through a long and exhausting application process, Tyler has accepted an assignment in the Peace Corps and will be teaching high school Chemistry in Mozambique, Africa for the next 27 months. Tyler will pursue his Master’s Degree upon his return to the United States.

Paula graduated from ASU Barrett’s Honors College and Carey Business College Summa Cum Laude with a double major in Business and Political Science. A recipient of the Leadership Scholarship, the Medallion Scholarship, and the Boren Scholarship which granted her a study abroad in Kosovo during her junior year at ASU, her thesis dissertation was entitled Women’s Rights in Albania.

Paula was recently awarded the Fulbright Scholarship to Macedonia 2014-2015. Her focus is on gender equality in the Balkans, in either Macedonia or Kosovo. Her future plan is to apply to the Foreign Service.

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