OREGON CITY - Doctoral student and Clackamas Community College
alumna Callie Vandewiele has been awarded the prestigious Gates
Cambridge Scholarship for 2014. She is the first Gates Cambridge
Scholarship from CCC.
Gates Cambridge Scholarships are highly competitive, full-ride
scholarships. They are awarded to outstanding applicants from
countries outside the United Kingdom to pursue a full-time
postgraduate degree in any subject available at the University of
Cambridge in the UK. The program aims to build a global network of
future leaders committed to improving the lives of others.
Vandewiele earned her Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer degree
(AAOT) at Clackamas in 2007, and went on to earn a bachelor's
degree with honors at Pacific University. She describes herself as
"unschooled" before the age of 16, when she began to take some high
school classes before studying Spanish, music and biology at
After earning her bachelor's degree, Vandewiele lived and worked
in Guatemala, where she developed an interest in women's leadership
education and the ongoing interactions between Western culture,
local cultures and ancient traditions. She completed her masters of
philosophy in gender studies in the United Kingdom and is now
pursuing her doctorate in Latin American studies.
"This Ph.D. in Latin American studies will allow me to combine
my passion for women's leadership development, and my deep desire
to better understand the local and global forces that shape our
identities," she wrote in her scholarship application.
Competition for the awards is intense. From the United States,
750 people applied for the scholarship; 100 were interviewed, and
40 were selected.