UNT students Shar-Né Warren, an international studies major, and J.K. Nickell, a graduate student in UNT's Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism, have each received a $27,000 Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship to study abroad during the 2012-13 academic year.
"I join my colleagues in celebrating the added distinction that our students and graduates have brought to themselves and UNT by winning Ambassadorial Scholarships," says James Duban, director of UNT's Office for Nationally Competitive Scholarships. "Rotary searches for individuals of outstanding intellect who are destined to improve the world for the better, so the outcome comes as no surprise."
Warren and Nickell received scholarships to study at foreign universities for a full academic year.
Warren will attend the University of Caen, northwest of Paris, to study international business and French. She volunteers as a conversation partner for international students studying English at UNT, and works at Fidelity Investments®, as a customer service representative. She currently attends The Potters House church in Dallas. Her ultimate goal is to make multiculturalism an integral part of the American education system.
Nickell will travel to the University of Nairobi to conduct research within the Wangari Maathai Institute of Peace and Environmental Studies. His ultimate goal is to become a faculty member in the education department of a major research university.
In addition, Laura Dominguez, a 2005 UNT graduate, received a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship to study at Erasmus University in the Netherlands, where she will pursue a master's degree in development studies, specializing in women, gender and development. Dominguez graduated summa cum laude with degrees in International Studies and Spanish, and was a student in UNT's Honors College.
Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarships generously fund students to study in more than 150 countries. The recipients, beyond being excellent students, must embody the club's ethic of "service above self." They must also be outstanding ambassadors for their sponsoring universities, Rotary clubs and home countries.
Nancy Kolsti with UNT News Service can be reached at Nancy.Kolsti@unt.edu.