UW Alum Receives Prestigious Luce Scholar Award

Last month, Paul Kellner, UW–Madison alum (M.S 2007, Life Sciences Communication) was awarded one of 18 coveted 2010-2011 Luce Scholar awards by the Henry Luce Foundation.

The year-long Luce Scholars Program was created by the Henry Luce Foundation to provide awareness of Asia among potential leaders in American society who have had limited experience of Asia and who might not otherwise have an opportunity to come to know Asia.

Kellner, manager of the Care and Protection of Children in Crisis-Affected Countries Learning Network at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, and the other Luce Scholar awardees were chosen after a vigorous selection process that began last year with the nomination of 159 candidates by 65 colleges and universities around the country.

As a recipient of the award, he will receive a stipend, language training, and individualized professional placement in Asia. He will likely use his award to work on migration, child protection, and legal drafting issues in Indonesia.

Prior to his position at Columbia University, Kellner worked for the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services’ International Health and Respiratory Disease Units, Scholastic, Inc.’s Community Affairs and Government Relations Department, and Interfaith Refugee and Immigration Ministries. He has also consulted as a speechwriter and videographer/ producer for various mayoral and gubernatorial campaigns.