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20 UI students win $1,000 Presidential Scholarships for Study Abroad

(Editors: A student from your readership area has been awarded a scholarship from the University of Iowa. Students are listed alphabetically by hometown and state, with Iowa listed first.)

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa has awarded $1,000 Presidential Scholarships for Study Abroad to 20 undergraduate students studying abroad for a semester or academic year in 14 different countries. Since 1983, when former UI President James O. Freedman created the scholarships, 200 UI students have received this prestigious award.

UI President Mary Sue Coleman said the opportunity to study abroad is invaluable in providing students with new perspectives on their lives and culture in the United States. "Students often tell me that a transforming moment in education is realizing how their own culture appears from the outside," she said. "I have certainly found this to be true in the experience of our family. Even a short stint in another country helps us rethink our assumptions and attitudes, and confront prejudices we don't even know that we have. I am delighted that Iowa students who travel abroad are well on their way to becoming world citizens, and I am very proud that our Presidential Scholarships help to make such experiences possible."

More than 500 UI students studied abroad last year.

The following students received Presidential Scholarships:

IOWA

AMES: Rebecca Chacko, a senior majoring in Spanish and English, will spend the 1998 fall semester in Chile.
Chad Doobay, a junior majoring in global studies, will spend the 1999 spring semester in France.
Buffy Quintero, a senior majoring in art education and German, will spend the 1998-99 academic year in Germany.
Sara Skahill, a junior majoring in global studies, will spend the 1998 fall semester in Lebanon.
CARSON: Jacob Houser, a senior majoring in theatre arts, will spend the 1998 fall semester in Germany.
DES MOINES: Valerie Krugler, a senior majoring in linguistics and Spanish, will spend the 1998 fall semester in Spain.
Ellen Teig, a junior majoring in anthropology, will spend the 1998-99 academic year in Malta.
GUTHRIE CENTER: Jenifer Raby-Lloyd, a senior majoring in biochemistry and French, will spend the 1998-99 academic year in France.
IOWA CITY: Sarah Goffstein, a junior majoring in studio art, will spend the 1998-99 academic year in Spain.
Jennifer Grouws, a senior majoring in religion, will spend the 1998 fall semester in India.
Suzy Nematbakhsh, a senior majoring in English, spent the 1998 spring semester in Venezuela.
Jennifer Ruff, a junior majoring in Asian languages & literature and theatre arts, will spend the 1998-99 academic year in Japan.
MUSCATINE: Susan Bridenstine, a junior majoring in global studies, will spend the 1999 spring semester in Venezuela.
Christopher Edwards, a senior majoring in comparative literature and Russian, will spend the 1999 spring semester in Russia.
Jill Maw, a junior majoring in chemical engineering and French, will spend the 1998 academic year in France.
NEW HAMPTON: Brittnee Rosonke, a senior majoring in economics, spent the 1998 spring semester in Wales.
PRAIRIE CITY: Allison Mercuris, a senior majoring in finance, spent the 1998 spring semester in Argentina.

COLORADO

COLORADO SPRINGS: Kent Lambert, a senior majoring in communication studies, will spend the 1998 fall semester in Scotland.

ILLINOIS

NAPERVILLE: Susan Kim, a senior majoring in communication studies, will spend the 1999 spring semester in South Korea.

MINNESOTA

ST. CLOUD: Eric Wood, a senior majoring in music and anthropology, will spend the fall 1998 semester in Australia.

7/30/98