International Educational Leadership Student Receives Prestigious Philanthropic Award

International Educational Leadership Student Receives Prestigious Philanthropic Award

MISSOULA – Three University of Montana graduate students have received substantial awards from the Philanthropic Educational Organization Sisterhood for their impact on international relations, psychology and public health.

Sofia Reis

Sofia Reis, a graduate student in UM’s International Educational Leadership Program in the Phyllis J. Washington College of Education, earned a second-year renewal of PEO’s International Peace Scholarship for $12,500.

Reis, from Lisbon, Portugal, received a bachelor’s degree in international relations from the University of Lisbon and a master’s degree in sciences of education from the New University of Lisbon.

For two decades, she served as associate director of the Portuguese Association of Private and Independent Schools and collaborated with the European Council of National Association of Independent Schools. In ECNAIS, she regularly worked with educational organizations, visiting schools in 24 European countries. Next fall she will take the exam to complete her dissertation proposal and begin her research.  

Reis said she wants to focus on sustainable growth and organizational development within schools and center her research on education and democracy, educational leadership and internationalization.

“I plan to continue the work I have been pursuing for the past two decades, equipped with more sophisticated research tools, such as analytical frames for comparative education, identification of world best-practices and the possibility to network at a global scale,” she said. “I believe knowledge is a resource that can be shared. Therefore, I am determined to actively engage in educational knowledge’s production and circulation.”

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