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Ten SUNY Cortland Students Receive Scholarships to Study Abroad

02/11/2010 

SUNY Cortland recently awarded $10,400 in scholarships to 10 students to help offset the cost of their studies abroad this winter and spring 2010.

The students, who will study in Egypt, Spain, Ireland, France, Italy, Puerto Rico and Belize, earned $400, $1,000 or $1,500 through five different scholarships. Two scholarships, the Gail Reed ’67 Scholarship and the Marcia Spaeth McDermott Professional Study Abroad Scholarship, were awarded for the first time this spring. Offered through the College’s James M. Clark Center for International Education, the awards are based on several criteria, including high academic achievement, financial need, involvement in extracurricular activities, a personal essay and letters of recommendation.

Recipients of the scholarships and a description of each award appear below:

Overseas Academic Program (OAP) Award

Overseas Academic Program (OAP) scholarships are awarded to students accepted in a study abroad program. The scholarship is $400 for winter recipients and $1,000 for spring recipients. The OAP Award recipient for Winter 2010 was:

• Kayla Shaut, a sophomore childhood education major from Vernon, N.Y., for study in Cairo, Egypt.

The OAP Award recipient for Spring 2010 was:

• Margaret Tucker, a sophomore adolescence education: mathematics major from Lynbrook, N.Y., for study in Cork, Ireland.

Willi Uschald Study Abroad Scholarship

Created in 1991, the Uschald Study Abroad Scholarship is named for Willi A. Uschald, emeritus professor of foreign languages and director emeritus of international programs at SUNY Cortland. Uschald Scholarships are open to students accepted to a study abroad program who are U.S. citizens. The scholarship is for $1,000. Spring 2010 recipients were:

• Jennifer Gabris, a junior adolescence education: French major from Camillus, N.Y., for study in La Rochelle, France;

• Heather Harrington, a junior international studies and art dual major from Rehoboth, Mass., for study in Italy, through Broome Community College;

• Bryan Holland, a senior adolescence education: Spanish major from Melrose, N.Y., for study in Salamanca, Spain;

• Emily Riordan, a sophomore international studies major from West Henrietta, N.Y., for study in La Rochelle, France; and,

• Douglas Smith, a junior adolescence education: Spanish major from Syracuse, N.Y., for study in Puerto Rico through SUNY Oswego.

Gail Reed ’67 Scholarship

Created in 2007, the Gail Reed ’67 Scholarship is open to students who are U.S citizens and accepted to a study abroad program in destinations other than Great Britain for the sake of encouraging cross-cultural experiences. Reed created the scholarship to recognize the profound impact of the study abroad experience on her own life and to acknowledge the College’s study abroad program founder, Willi Uschald. The inaugural $1,000 scholarship for Spring 2010 was awarded to:

• Sarah Farrell, a senior health major from Syracuse, N.Y., for study in Belize.

Kevin A. Rowell ’83 Award

The $1,500 award was created by SUNY Cortland graduate Kevin A. Rowell ’83 in 1998 to support the overseas studies of a student who has participated in club sports, student government and volunteer work. The recipient for Spring 2010 was:

• Kerrie Findlay, a junior adolescence education: French/Spanish major from Staatsburg, N.Y., for study in La Rochelle, France.

Marcia Spaeth McDermott Professional Study Abroad Scholarship

The Marcia Spaeth McDermott Professional Study Abroad Scholarship was created in 2009 by Professor Emerita Marcia Spaeth McDermott, former acting dean of the School of Professional Studies, to support the overseas studies of a SUNY Cortland student majoring in a School of Professional Studies program. The recipient of the $1,500 scholarship for Spring 2010 was:

• Stacey McElroy, a sophomore speech and hearing sciences major from Piermont, N.Y., for study in Italy through SUNY Stony Brook.

For more information on the study abroad scholarships, contact the James M. Clark Center for International Education at (607) 753-2209.