Mariano Castillo '02 has recently been awarded some prestigious fellowships, in large part because of his reporting work dating back to the Batt. Castillo is a grad student at Columbia, where these scholarships will help fund his master's degree in international affairs.
The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans provides a $20,000 stipend and half of tuition costs for up to two years to support graduate study by first- and second-generation Americans. The 30 Fellows were chosen from a pool of more than 700 applicants.
The Overseas Press Club Foundation scholarship provides $2000 for aspiring foreign correspondents. The foundation also set Castillo up with an internship at Reuters in Mexico City this summer.
Castillo, who was born in Lima, Peru, served during his senior year at A&M as Batt editor-in-chief. He interned at two South American newspapers, El Comercio in Lima and The Daily Journal in Caracas, Venezuela, as well as the San Antonio Express-News, where he later
became their one-man Rio Grande Bureau, criminal justice enterprise reporter and again a one-man bureau in Laredo, covering the border.