Memorial Fund

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Rick and Pat with the 2017 Sports Interns - Isabelle Rodriguez and Kelsey McMorrow –

in front of the St George Youth Center where they will be interning

The 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 Memorial Fund that supports these awards is administered by the UCSB Foundation. 

The Fund supports two types of internships - the first to promote Leadership for Young Women through Sports and the second to help 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 and Latin America.

Awards that make a difference in people’s lives

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The Kendra Chiota Payne Global Studies Award is intended to foster a sense of global citizenship and to promote leadership in international service. The recipient should embody the spirit of character, leadership, and service that was the hallmark of Kendra’s life. 

During the past 10 years, the Kendra Chiota Payne Memorial Fund has made a difference in people’s lives by supporting internships for Global Studies graduate students in Cambodia, Colombia, Indonesia, Jordan, Rwanda, South Africa, Taiwan, and Uganda. 

UCSB Global Studies award recipients have focused their internships on such diverse topics as human trafficking of Vietnamese women in Taiwan, midwifery services for underprivileged mothers in Indonesia, the experiences of refugees returning to Cambodia, and the lives of child soldiers of the Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda. Award recipients have gone onto careers of community service in both the private and public sector.

In 2015, Gokh Alshaif received the Global Studies Award and spent her internship in Amman Jordan where she volunteered with several organizations, including Dar Al Yasmin, which holds events for Syrian refugee children as a way to help give them some sense of normality in their new life.

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The Kendra Chiota Payne Leadership for Young Women through Sports Internship is awarded annually to a UCSB student who works to develop programs and activities for local, under-served girls to experience the personal growth, leadership and character development that participation in sports can bring. Interns work with girls at a local Santa Barbara elementary school to help instill confidence and encourage leadership through active participation in sports. 

This year’s recipients, Isabelle Rodriguez and Kelsey McMorrow, will be working with young girls at the St George Youth center in Isla Vista. This brings the total number of interns since 2006 to 17.

© Richard Payne 2016