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WKU SGA awards four Study Away scholarships for winter 2014

WKU Student Government Association (SGA) has awarded scholarships to four WKU students taking Study Away courses during Winter Term 2014.

A course on the geography of Hawaii is one of the Study Away programs that will be offered during WKU's Winter Term 2014.

A course on the geography of Hawaii is one of the Study Away programs that will be offered during WKU’s Winter Term 2014.

Jenny Sutherland, senior recreation administration major from Kodak, Tenn., will explore the geographical history of Hawaii.  Sutherland said that she feels this program will give her added experience for her future career. “I know I will keep close ties with my university and give back to them for the experience it has brought to me,” she added.

Ryan Duvall, a freshman film major from Crestwood, will study film at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah.  “I have always dreamed of attending the Sundance Film Festival and now I finally have my opportunity,” he said.

Dare Norman, a performing arts senior from Bowling Green, plans to take the New York Broadway course. She considers her participation in this program as crucial to her progress as a performer. “I need to observe and study live Broadway performances, as well as get an inside look at New York life, if I am to live and work in New York in the future,” Norman said.

Brenna Sherrill, a senior from Elizabethtown who is majoring in popular culture studies and French, said that the Sundance Film Festival seemed like the perfect opportunity to fulfill her goal of getting the most out of her senior year. “Leaving WKU in May will be very bittersweet,” Sherrill said, “but before that time comes, I’m doing my best to make this the best experience possible.”

SGA first began offering this scholarship to students taking a Study Away course during Winter Term 2011. Since then, SGA has sponsored over 34 scholarships, totaling more than $4,600.

SGA Academic Affairs Chair Megan Skaggs said this scholarship is a great way for SGA to support the development of students. “WKU Study Away programs offer students a myriad of ways to create incredible experiences and lifelong memories. As such, we highly encourage students to explore what opportunities the Study Away office can provide for them. Simply looking into these various possibilities could lead to an enriching experience unattainable anywhere else,” Skaggs said.

Study Away offers off-campus courses that enable students to apply the lessons learned in the classroom in a practical, hands-on setting.  No passport is required for Study Away courses since they take place within the United States.

Applications for summer 2014 will be available online in March.  Students do not have to be currently enrolled in a Study Away course to apply, but the award will only be made after the student has paid for the course.

For information about the SGA Study Away Scholarship, contact Megan Skaggs at megan.skaggs496@topper.wku.edu.

Study Away is a unit of the Division of Extended Learning and Outreach.

Contact: Jerry Barnaby, (270) 745-2231 or jerry.barnaby@wku.edu

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