One of our MA ISS alumnae, Heather Bentrum, has distinguished herself by being admitted to the School of International Affairs at St. Andrews in Scotland, UK for her PhD program. St. Andrew’s is well known for its international studies programs.
Ms. Bentrum received her B.A. in International Affairs and Middle East Studies from the George Washington University and her M.A. in International Securities Studies from Trinity University, where she was inducted into Kappa Gammi Pi, the National Catholic College Graduate Honor Society in May 2010. She has studied Arabic at the American University of Beirut in Lebanon and has traveled extensively throughout the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Europe.
Ms. Bentrum has an interest in foreign languages and cultures which has led her to achieve proficiency in both Arabic and French, and to begin learning Russian. She has also dedicated a significant amount of time to improving her leadership skills and volunteering her time to important causes.
Ms. Bentrum has been a volunteer tutor for illiterate adults, disadvantaged youth in Washington, D.C. and for college students enrolled in the beginning levels of French and Arabic. She has been a volunteer for Honor Flight, Miriam’s Kitchen, the Los Angeles Homeless Shelter and several organizations dealing with domestic violence. Ms. Bentrum was selected for and underwent political leadearship training with the White House Project in 2009.
Congratulations, Ms. Bentrum! We wish you the utmost success in Scotland.