KENDRA CHIOTA PAYNE MEMORIAL FUND
The Kendra Chiota Payne Memorial Awards are funded by a memorial endowment created from the donations of family, friends, and teammates of Kendra Chiota Payne, UCSB Class of 2006. The UCSB Foundation administers the Memorial Fund that supports these awards.
The Fund supports two awards. The first award helps support a Global Studies graduate student in an overseas internship with an NGO working for the economic advancement of women and children in Africa, Asia or Latin America. The second award underwrites an internship to promote Leadership of Young Women through Sports.
Global Studies Award
Miguel Fuentes, the 2020 Global Studies Award recipient, is a UCSB Global Studies PhD student. Miguel will do his internship in Egypt with the UN Population Fund (UNFPA). The UNFPA mission is to guarantee sexual and reproductive health rights to all Egyptians, with a particular focus on youth, women and girls. Miguel has delayed the start of his internship due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Christina Valdivia and Dillen Corlett, the 2020 sports interns, are UCSB undergraduate students. Christina and Dillen worked with the Isla Vista Youth Program during the summer of 2020. Due to the pandemic, the program was via Zoom. Although the interns were unable to engage in sports during the internship, they were able to foster community in a different way while still promoting the confidence and positivity that can come from being active.