McCallie's Brendan Gaffney Awarded Ben Franklin Transatlantic Fellowship

Wednesday, May 07, 2014
Brendan Gaffney
Brendan Gaffney

McCallie School Junior Brendan Gaffney was chosen as one of 10 American students to participate in the Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellowship Summer Program this June. 

The program, initiated and funded by the U.S. Department of State, is designed to foster relationships among American and European youth to advance links and awareness of shared values, encounter principles of freedom and cooperation as challenges of the global 21st Century. It plans on introducing the student fellows to four components: comparative constitutionalism, citizenship and conflict, documentary film in society and social entrepreneurship.

The program also includes 35 European students. Held June 28 through July 26, it is hosted by Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C., and features week-long trips to Philadelphia, Pa., and Washington, D.C. 

Brendan, a day student from Chattanooga, is the son of Kevin and Beth Gaffney. He was recently presented the Forensics Award at the Upper School Awards Day, given to the school’s top debater.


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