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University of Iowa News Release

Dec. 22, 2005

UI Supports Students With Scholarships For Study Abroad

A number of University of Iowa students have won scholarships for study abroad in 2006, which the U.S. Senate has declared the Year of Study Abroad. The UI supports numerous study abroad scholarships and grants, including Presidential, Dean's and Naomi Gunderson Scholarships -- and in the last year has increased both the number and amount of awards available.

The UI increased its financial support of study abroad participants last year by doubling the amount received by the Presidential Scholarship for Study Abroad recipients. A new source of study abroad funding -- the International Programs Dean's Scholarship for Study Abroad -- was also created last year. The UI Office for Study Abroad reported an 8.3 percent increase in students studying abroad in 2004-05, for a total of 1,078.

The $2,000 Presidential Scholarships and the $1,000 Dean's Scholarships will subsidize food, lodging and travel expenses that will be incurred while students are overseas.

Five undergraduates have won Presidential Scholarships for Study Abroad for spring semester 2006. Former UI President James O. Freedman created the Presidential Scholarships for Study Abroad in 1983. UI President David Skorton says these funds are critical to ensuring that more talented students have opportunities to pursue this important educational experience.

"It is more critical now than ever before that UI students have opportunities to study abroad," Skorton said. "This prepares them to be engaged in and contribute to our global society. Thanks to these and other funding sources, the number of UI students studying abroad continues to increase. "

Three Presidential Scholarship winners, David Gauck, Hillari Hoerschelman and Steven Platt, will receive an additional award, a $1,000 Naomi Gunderson scholarship. The highly competitive Gunderson scholarships are also awarded annually to UI undergraduate students to develop advanced proficiency in a foreign language while studying abroad. Preference for the award is given to students who speak a language taught at the UI and who plan to study for a full academic year at a foreign university.

In addition, three undergraduates, Sara Laschanzky, Jacob Lipnick and Sean Williams, have won International Programs Dean's Scholarships for Study Abroad, merit-based awards given annually to students who have demonstrated they have the ability to enhance their area of scholarship through the experience abroad.

"I am pleased that International Programs and the University of Iowa are able to provide this financial support to UI students to make their study abroad experiences possible," said William Reisinger, associate provost and dean of International Programs. "With 2006 being the Year of Study Abroad, UI must meet the challenges to find even more ways of helping more students achieve their study abroad goals through increasing financial and staff resources."

The UI Office for Study Abroad administers study abroad programs and exchanges for the University of Iowa and provides advising services for students interested in an international educational experience. The office also administers several scholarship competitions for international study and research. The office is part of UI International Programs, which consists of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost and dean of International Programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.

For more information, call Janis Perkins, director of the UI Office for Study Abroad, at 319-335-0353, e-mail questions to study-abroad@uiowa.edu or visit the Web site at http://www.uiowa.edu/~uiabroad/.

The recipients of the study abroad scholarships are listed below alphabetically by hometown with Iowa recipients first:

Iowa

BETTENDORF: Steven Platt, a University of Iowa senior studying Chinese and international studies with minors in theatre, political science and international business, has won both a $2,000 Presidential Scholarship for Study Abroad and a $1,000 Naomi Gunderson Scholarship for the spring 2006 semester, to study Mandarin Chinese and to take Chinese area studies courses at the Beijing Foreign Studies University in Beijing, China, through an exchange program sponsored by the University of Iowa.

DAVENPORT: Sara Laschanzky, a University of Iowa junior studying Spanish, has won a $1,000 Dean's Scholarship for Study Abroad for the spring 2006 semester, to participate in the Teaching Development Program in Seville, Spain, sponsored by the Council for International Education Exchange.

DAVENPORT: Jacob Lipnick, a University of Iowa junior studying political science and Spanish, has won a $1,000 Dean's Scholarship for Study Abroad for the spring 2006 semester. He will study in the Universidad Nacional Andrés Bello's Spanish program in Santiago, Chile, sponsored by the University Studies Abroad Consortium.

DES MOINES: Christa Palmer, a University of Iowa junior studying psychology with a minor in German and statistics, has won a $2,000 Presidential Scholarship for Study Abroad for the spring 2006 semester. She will participate in the German Language Program in Freiburg, Germany, sponsored by the Institute for the International Education of Students.

IOWA CITY: Sean Williams, a University of Iowa junior studying political science and religious studies with minors in German and philosophy, has won a $1,000 Dean's Scholarship for Study Abroad for the spring 2006 semester. This will allow him to participate in the "Dortmund Exchange" program in Germany, sponsored by the University of Iowa.

WASHINGTON: Hillari Hoerschelman, a University of Iowa junior studying international studies and Spanish with minors in history and Latin American studies, has won both a $2,000 Presidential Scholarship and a $1,000 Naomi Gunderson Scholarship for the spring 2006 semester. She will travel to Buenos Aires, Argentina, to improve her Spanish proficiency, take social science courses at Argentinean universities and conduct research for her senior thesis through a study abroad program sponsored by the Council for International Education Exchange.

Illinois

ELGIN: Nicole Bruskewitz, a University of Iowa senior studying English, and literature, science and the arts, has won a $2,000 Presidential Scholarship for Study Abroad for the spring 2006 semester, to travel to Oaxaca, Mexico. While there, she will study in an experiential/field-based school, learn more about Spanish culture and language in Mexico, and complete an independent study project on the role of food in community, through a study abroad program sponsored by the University of Iowa.

North Carolina

CARY: David Gauck, a University of Iowa junior studying Chinese with a minor in international studies who is also pursuing an International Business Certificate, has won both a $2,000 Presidential Scholarship and a $1,000 Naomi Gunderson Scholarship for the spring 2006 semester. He will study Chinese language and culture in Beijing, China, through a study abroad program sponsored by the Council for International Education Exchange.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026, lois-gray@uiowa.edu; Program: Philip Carls, Office for Study Abroad, 319-335-0353; Writer: Po Li Loo