Taryn Couture, MPA Candidate 2012
Concentration: Nonprofit Management and Global Affairs
Hometown: Hinesburg, VT
“My passion for microfinance and women's issues fit perfectly with the work of I.M.A.G.E. I was excited to learn more about the program and to be a part of the great work that they are doing.”
Taryn Couture was the recipient of two scholarships from Rockefeller College. She received an award from the Arthur & Maria Kelly Smith Endowment, which provides support to deserving graduate students who choose to pursue their interest working for a public interest organization. Her studies were also funded by the Robert Herman GSPA Stipend Fund, awarded to a graduate student for academic performance and demonstrated volunteer commitment to a nonprofit, charitable organization.
Taryn’s scholarship helped to fund her internship with I.M.A.G.E. (Intervention with Microfinance for AIDS and Gender Equity), a nonprofit that provides training and support related to domestic violence, HIV education, and female empowerment in the poorest communities in the Limpopo province of South Africa. After she completes her degree in August 2012, Taryn plans to return to South Africa to work full-time with I.M.A.G.E.