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UWW Student Jesse Kates-Chinoy Wins Alumni Association Award

Aug 06, 2020

Thirty-seven-year-old Jesse Kates-Chinoy of San Salvador, El Salvador is a professional English-Spanish translator who is completing his bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Global and Language Studies through the UWW Degree Completion Program. He also holds a certificate in local development from Universidad Centroamericana "José Simeón Cañas." Originally from Bangor, Maine, Jesse has lived in San Salvador for the past nineteen years. He has maintained a 4.0 GPA and has also completed a certificate in professional translation and interpreting through UMass Amherst.

Jesse states, “Working toward my degree through UWW has given me the chance to take on other challenges at the same time, including working as a simultaneous conference interpreter, serving as a foster parent, and expanding my business into Guatemala as well as El Salvador. I have been glad to have access to academic resources and feedback to apply to these areas of growth in my personal and professional life.”

Jesse is a 2020 William F. Field Alumni Scholar. The William F. Field Alumni Scholar Awards were established in 1976 to recognize and honor third-year students for their academic achievements at UMass Amherst. The program was named in honor of William F. Field, the university’s first Dean of Students, for his outstanding support of academic excellence and his personal commitment to bringing out the best in every student.