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2005 graduate of Dartmouth awarded Commonwealth Scholarship

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Posted 08/09/05 • Contact Susan Knapp (603) 646-3661

Dartmouth graduate Eva Vivalt '05 of Toronto, Canada, has received a Commonwealth Scholarship to study at the University of Oxford in England. She plans to pursue an M.Phil. in Development Studies, where she will focus her studies on developing countries.

Eva Vivalt
Eva Vivalt

"I'm very excited to study at Oxford," says Vivalt. "I am especially interested in studying the conditions that bring about the improved well-being of people in developing countries. I'd like to look into the combinations of economic, social and political conditions that most contribute to a population's well-being."

While at Dartmouth, Vivalt majored in philosophy modified with sociology, and she holds a minor in physics. She is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, and she earned many campus scholarships and awards for academic achievement.

Vivalt was active in community service during her years at Dartmouth. She served as co-chair of Dartmouth's chapter of Habitat for Humanity, where she was involved in grant writing, fundraising, and town permitting projects. She volunteered with Dartmouth's Prison Project to help inmates earn their GEDs, coordinated campus blood drives, and was a member of Amnesty International.

Interested in social justice, Vivalt made a documentary about the murders of women in Juarez, Mexico, and she founded Earthfund International, a non-profit organization dedicated to hunger, water and health issues worldwide.

She was also Team Captain of the Dartmouth fencing team, and she is fluent in French, and also speaks Mandarin Chinese and Spanish.

Established in 1960, the Commonwealth Scholarship Plan was designed by Commonwealth governments to enable students of high intellectual promise to pursue studies in Commonwealth countries other than their own. On their return, the scholars are encouraged to make a distinctive contribution in their own countries while fostering mutual understanding within the Commonwealth.

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