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Release: July 8, 1999

UI junior wins Naomi Gunderson Scholarship for Study Abroad

University of Iowa junior and Iowa City native Ryan Joseph Sayre has been awarded the Naomi Gunderson Scholarship for Foreign Language Study Abroad.

One scholarship of $4,000 is awarded annually to a UI undergraduate student to develop advanced proficiency in a foreign language while studying abroad. Preference for the award is given to students who speak a language taught at the UI and who plan to study for a full academic year at a foreign university.

Sayre, a junior majoring in Japanese and anthropology with a German minor, will participate in the Japanese Studies program at Nanzan University in Japan during the 1999-2000 academic year. He hopes to become fluent in Japanese during his stay and will use his cultural observations to write an honor's thesis in anthropology.

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. Gunderson taught English, Spanish and Latin at high schools in Iowa and California. Having studied abroad several times during her college career, Gunderson created the scholarship to enable UI students to also receive foreign experience.

For more information on the Naomi Gunderson Scholarship, call the UI Office for Study Abroad at (319) 335-0353.