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Scholarships fund summer experiences for Catawba students

Catawba College News Service

Catawba College seniors Daniel Morrison of Greensboro and Leah Huggins of Hope Mills are humanities students who had study-abroad experiences this past summer thanks to their successful applications as inaugural recipients of the Gerry and Jim Hurley International Study Scholarship.

Daniel’s experience took him to London, where he took two three-credit hour courses offered through Imperial College. The English literature major who is pursuing minors in psychology and theater arts said on his application: “I’ve never been out of the country, and England has been the place I most want to go for a long time. It is home of many of our literary traditions. Getting to study great British authors abroad in their own country would be an amazing opportunity.”

Leah’s study-abroad program, offered through the University Studies Abroad Consortium, had her based in Cork, Ireland, where she took a three-hour credit course titled in the folklore and ethnology of Cork.”

In her application, she noted that she “will be able to explore the interesting world of the folklore as it applies to Cork, Ireland, as well as the accents, dialects, idioms and expressions of the people of Cork that have been passed down through generations. Through the art of folklore, these stories will reflect the social, economic and technological landscape of this culture. This course will be beneficial to my personal studies as it will enable me to draw connections between Cork culture and my own.”

The two students shared highlights from their study abroad in first-person blogs.

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