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Stamps Scholars go to Washington

Publication date

July 18, 2018 10:00 PM


Katie Fitzpatrick

Paige Montfort presenting with her group "Data Visualization" to various CSIS representatives. 


One of the United States’ most competitive merit-based scholarship programs, administered by Tulane and the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation was awarded to two Tulane students this past academic year. As part of their scholarship, Paige Montfort and Stefan Suazo, both Stamps Scholars for the Class of 2021, were awarded enrichment funds as Stamp Scholars to use for their academic or professional development.

This summer the two traveled to the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington D.C. for a Tulane course where they, along with eight other Tulane students and Professors Thomas Oatley and Geoff Dancy developed and wrote “U.S. Influence in the Wake of the Trans-Pacific Partnership - Reporting on International Affairs”.  Together in our nation’s capital, Stefan and Paige worked diligently to deliver this article while participating in Reporting on International Affairs, a CSIS Practicum in Journalism. Their article unpacked President Donald Trump’s decision to leave the Trans- Pacific Partnership and the repercussions of that decision, arguing “In the short-term, Trump’s decision to exit from the TPP means that potential new markets for investment remain closed, and patents remain less protected. In the long-term, it could diminish other countries’ willingness to negotiate with the United States because they can’t trust American leaders to stick to deals.” They explore the context the United States served and their present role on the international stage given current trade legislation.

In addition to their time in Washington, these Stamps Scholars have had a range of academic and leadership experiences this summer and in their first year at Tulane.  Paige Montfort is pursuing a degree in political science with a focus on international development and public health. An undergraduate student government senator for the School of Public Health, Paige is also interning at the Cincinnati office of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP and volunteering with the Ngong Road Children Association outside of Nairobi, Kenya this summer. Stefan Suazo is pursuing a degree in political economy at the Murphy Institute. Fully connected to the city, Stefan previously interned at the National World War II Museum and the New Orleans District Attorney’s Office. He was President of the Community Government in Wall Residence Hall this past school year and is currently running for School Board in District 3 of Jefferson Parish.

The Honors Program is proud to have such high-achieving students take on important topics such as these, and we look forward to seeing what Stefan and Paige will achieve in their remaining time at Tulane.

To read the CSIS article in its entirety, click here.