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UofL students, recent graduates earn prestigious international scholarships

by Cindy Hess last modified Jun 21, 2010 04:20 PM

June 21, 2010

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Several University of Louisville students and recent graduates have earned scholarships that will enable them to travel abroad to gain international experience, conduct research, master a foreign language or act as goodwill ambassadors for the United States.

Scholarship winners are:

• Jessica Barousse – Critical Language Scholarship for Urdu. Barousse, a veteran and 2009 graduate from Knoxville, Tenn., will turn down her scholarship to accept a position with the U.S. State Department.

• Jeffrey Benedict - Graduate Boren Fellowship for International Study in the area of law and the Turkish language in Istanbul.  Benedict also won a Critical Language Scholarship but declined it to accept the Boren Fellowship. He is a native of Gahanna, Ohio, a third-year law student and a former George Mitchell Scholar, one of the most esteemed scholarships offered in Ireland.

• Christopher Cunningham - Critical Language Scholarship to study Punjabi in India. Cunningham is a 2005 graduate and former Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar to Northern Ireland.

• Cody Gault – English-Speaking Union Scholarship to attend University of Cambridge's Art History Summer Program in England. Gault is a senior art history and English major from Elizabethtown.

• Joseph LaCasse - Gilman International Scholarship for intensive Spanish study at the University of Belgrano in Buenos Aires, Argentina. LaCasse is a sophomore biology major from Madisonville and is part of the Brown Fellows program.

• Nicole Moran – English-Speaking Union Scholarship to attend University of Edinburgh’s Creative Writing Program in Scotland. Moran is a senior majoring in English, history and humanities. She is a native of Alexandria.

• Lelia Rechtin - UofL College of Arts and Sciences Mary Churchill Humphrey Graduate Scholarship to pursue a graduate degree in design and innovation for sustainability at Cranfield University in Bedfordshire, England. Rechtin is a 2010 graduate and is from the Louisville area.

• Adria Schwarber - Undergraduate Boren Scholarship for International Study in Japanese and environmental issues at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University in Beppu, Kyushu, Japan and a Gilman International Scholarship to study with the Kentucky Institute for International Studies in Japan. Schwarber is from Bellevue and is a junior majoring in political science and chemistry.

• Robert Works - Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship to study international relations and conduct research on the Mexican judicial system at Colegio de Mexico in Mexico City. Works is a native of Independence and a McConnell Scholar who graduated May 2010.  He is also the winner of this year's Woodcock Medal, which is awarded by UofL's College of Arts and Sciences to an outstanding graduate.

• Amanda Yee - Critical Language Scholarship to Cairo, Egypt, to participate in an intensive Arabic language program. Yee is a junior anthropology major from Greenville, Ind.

For more information contact Patricia Condon at 502-852-0024 or


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