South African Radford University Graduate Student Awarded
International Peace Scholarship
RADFORD -- For the second consecutive year, a Radford University graduate student has received the P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship. Oratile Malapile, a married mother of three pursuing her master’s degree in corporate and professional communication, is the 2010-2011 recipient.
“I feel blessed," said Malapile. "The scholarship came at the right time.”
Established in 1949, the P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship (IPS) Fund provides $10,000 scholarships each year for international female full-time students to pursue their graduate study in the United States and Canada. To date, P.E.O. has awarded more than $25 million in IPS opportunities.
“I feel privileged to be awarded this scholarship, particularly being the second person from RU," said Malapile. Last year’s recipient, Anthonia Anamege of Nigeria, was also a student in the corporate and professional communication program.
Having back-to-back IPS awards means the academic reputation of Radford’s graduate programs is not only growing at home, but also gaining international attention and attracting high caliber talent, said Adrien DeLoach, director of the RU Center for Diversity and Inclusion.
“Two students from the same institution achieving the same honor, but originally from two different nations, says that the common denominator is the institution which they attend,” said DeLoach. “I think that is a direct correlation to the faculty and the level of excellence they expect from the graduate students here at Radford.”
Malapile credits instructors William Kennan, Lynn Zoch, and Kristin Froemling for having a positive impact on her throughout her studies. Her long term goal is to start a communication consulting company, with a short term plan of serving as a consultant with several organizations in South Africa.
“I want to help people think differently about themselves and pursue ideas about the possibility of a better life,” she said. “It is a decision that is bigger than money and material. I hope that through this master’s program in corporate communications, I will acquire skills that will empower me to design appropriate solutions for different environments that can be applied to various organizations.”
For those international students currently contemplating their American collegiate options, Malapile advises international students to be as proactive as possible when engaging with other students and faculty.
“In my experience, international students are encouraged to offer different perspectives in class activities and work,” she said. “The small class sizes at Radford enable one to acclimatize, to bond with students, faculty and staff unlike in a bigger college.”