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UI sophomore wins scholarship for study abroad

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Office for Study Abroad has awarded the first annual Naomi Gunderson Scholarship for Foreign Language Study Abroad to Kathryn Hatmaker, a UI sophomore majoring in French and political science.

The Gunderson Scholarship is a $4,000 award that will be given annually to a UI student who wishes to spend at least a semester in the country whose language he or she is studying. Hatmaker, an Elmhurst, Ill. native, will spend the 1998-99 academic year in France, taking courses at both the University of Paris-IV (Sorbonne) and the Paris campus of the Institute for the International Education of Students.

In her application for the scholarship Hatmaker said the opportunity to spend a year at these two institutions would be "an unparalleled opportunity for me." She said she is particularly interested in the possibility of pursuing an internship with Amnesty International or the French Senate as a way of testing her interest in a future career in international politics.

The Gunderson Scholarship was created in memory of Naomi Gunderson, who attended the UI and earned a bachelor's degree in 1916 and a master's degree in 1919. She went on to teach Latin, Spanish, and English in high schools in Iowa and California. In order to prepare herself to teach Spanish, Gunderson made several trips to Mexico to study, and so, in creating this scholarship, she asked that it be devoted to students who wish to study abroad.

For more information about the Gunderson Scholarship or about the Office for Study Abroad, contact Philip Carls, (319) 335-0353.