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CCSA awards Storyteller Scholarships to 7 students

The Cooperative Center for Study Abroad (CCSA), a nonprofit consortium that develops, plans and coordinates study abroad programs in predominantly English-speaking countries, has awarded Storyteller Scholarships to seven college students throughout the United States.

CCSA_LogoThe Storyteller Scholarship is designed to encourage students enrolled in CCSA programs to tell their own stories while they participate in upcoming CCSA programs during winter 2016. Awardees are expected to provide CCSA quality writing and/or imagery that will be made available through the Consortium’s social media channels and website.

CCSA selected the following students to receive a total of $5,000 in scholarships:

  • Bailey Marie Bohannon is a freshman at Murray State University pursuing a major in journalism and a possible minor in political science. She is a resident of Athens, Illinois, and the oldest of four siblings. She’s a new member of Alpha Sigma Alpha and is excited to be selected as a finalist in the CCSA Storyteller Scholarship. “I’m looking forward to fulfilling my life-long dream of visiting London with CCSA,” she said. Bohannon will be a storyteller for the London winter program.
  • Kaley Deichstetter studies at WKU. Originally from Naperville, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, she came to WKU to study chemistry with the goal of attending pharmacy school. She is a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority and other various clubs on campus. “I cannot wait to broaden my horizons and gain new experiences with my study abroad experience and everything else the future holds,” she wrote in her acceptance email. Deichstetter will be a storyteller for the Two Capitals: London & Dublin program.
  • Lusha Li is from China and attends Middle Tennessee State University, where she studies English and Japanese. She loves traveling and exploring different cultures, which is the reason why she chose to study in the U.S. She said, “I believe my experiences of studying abroad and exploring different cultures will equip me with a better ability of teaching my students in the future.” Li will be a storyteller for the London Arts & Literature program.
  • Kelsey Potter is from Worthington, Kentucky, and is a senior at the University of Kentucky studying Integrated strategic communication and English with a minor in theatre. She is the editor-in-chief of Shale, UK’s undergraduate literary journal, an editorial assistant for Early American Literature, and a Common Reading Experience Peer Ambassador. She is also a stage manager for UK’s Department of Theatre & Dance and is a member of Alpha Psi Omega, the national Theatre Honors Society. Potter looks forward this exciting opportunity and award, and says, “I can’t wait to begin working on my CCSA story.” Potter will be a storyteller for the London Winter programs.
  • Katie Rogers is a junior from Cincinnati, studying psychology, biology, chemistry and neuroscience at Northern Kentucky University. She is also a part of the Honors Program. She says that she can’t wait to leave for Australia. Rogers will be a storyteller for the Australian Ecosystems program.
  • Olivia Ross is a junior at Bellarmine University, studying communications with a minor in environmental studies. In her acceptant message, she stated that she has a passion for film, comedy, writing and saving the Earth. Ross added, “I am excited about going abroad with CCSA, and I am so thankful for the opportunity to be given scholarship money, as it helps me and my family out a great deal.” Ross will be a storyteller for the Two Capitals: London & Dublin program.
  • Rebecca Winters is the youngest of four sisters, and a graduate student in English at Austin Peay State University. Her undergraduate degree is from the University of Dayton, in criminal justice studies, with a minor in psychology. She is taking the “Curtain Call: British Theatre in Action” course and will be a storyteller for the London Theatre program.

Jerry Barnaby, CCSA executive director, said the Storyteller Scholarship is a way to reward students for sharing their own perspective of the study abroad experience.

“Study abroad more than the class in which the student is enrolled since the time enables students to learn about themselves, their peers, the world in a way unlike any other learning opportunity,” he said. He added that the Storyteller Scholarship encourages students to look at this with a critical eye and tell us what they see and learn.

The Storyteller Scholarship will be available again to CCSA’s summer 2016 programs in the spring of 2016.

To learn more about CCSA, visit http://www.ccsa.cc or contact Jerry Barnaby at 270-745-4512.

WKU is CCSA’s host institution and provides support and infrastructure for administrative activities essential for the day-do-day operations of CCSA. 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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