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University of Iowa News Release

June 1, 2006

UI Supports Students With Scholarships For Study Abroad

Eleven University of Iowa students have won scholarships for study abroad in 2006, which the U.S. Senate has declared the Year of Study Abroad. The UI supports numerous study abroad scholarships and grants, including Presidential, Dean's and Naomi Gunderson Scholarships - and in the last year has increased both the number and amount of awards available. The $2,000 Presidential Scholarships and $1,000 Dean's Scholarships will subsidize food, lodging and travel expenses that will be incurred while students are overseas.

There were five recipients of the highly competitive $2,000 Presidential Scholarship: Courtney Clarke, Julie Eslick, Andrew Ketterer, Adam Kirchner and Paul Sorenson. The UI Office of the Provost provides funding for this award.

Former UI President James O. Freedman created the Presidential Scholarships for Study Abroad in 1983. UI President David Skorton said these funds are critical to ensure that more talented students have opportunities to pursue this important educational experience.

The International Programs Dean's Scholarships for Study Abroad are merit-based awards given annually to students who have demonstrated they have the ability to enhance their area of scholarship through the experience abroad. Six students received the $1,000 scholarship: Matt Becker, Alyssa Cress, Anna Domoto, Leah Miller, John Tyler and Alyssa Varner.

"Because study abroad has never been more important, the university has put unprecedented resources into supporting its students who pursue this opportunity," said William Reisinger, UI associate provost and dean of International Programs. "I could not be more impressed with this year's award winners. Their exciting plans illustrate the many different ways in which study abroad can boost a student's learning."

The UI Office for Study Abroad administers study abroad programs and exchanges for the University of Iowa and provides advising services for students interested in an international educational experience. The office also administers several scholarship competitions for international study and research. The office is part of UI International Programs, which consists of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost and dean of International Programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.

For more information, contact Janis Perkins, director of the UI Office for Study Abroad, at 319-335-0353, e-mail questions to or visit the Web site at

The recipients of the study abroad scholarships are listed below alphabetically by hometown with Iowa recipients first:


AMES: Anna Domoto, a UI sophomore studying Spanish and journalism, has won a $1,000 Dean's Scholarship for studies during the fall 2006 semester at the Universidad de Alcala, in Alcala, Spain. This CIEE program that is sponsored by the University of Iowa will allow Domoto to participate in the Spanish language program.

John Tyler, a UI junior international studies major, received a $1,000 Dean's Scholarship for his upcoming studies abroad in the fall of 2006 at the CCIS Morocco Program, sponsored by Montana State University. At the CCIS Morocco Program, Tyler will pursue studies in French, Arabic and North African culture and history.

CEDAR RAPIDS: Paul Sorenson, a UI sophomore English and religious studies double-major, won a $2,000 Presidential Scholarship to put toward his upcoming fall 2006 studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal Exchange in South Africa where he will pursue studies in South African colonial and post-colonial literature, as well as the effects of Eastern and Western religions on South African culture. The program in South Africa is sponsored by the University of Iowa.

DAYTON: Julie Ann Eslick, a UI junior English and classics double-major, won a $2,000 Presidential Scholarship for her future studies abroad in fall 2006 at the USAC Viterbo Program in Italy, sponsored by the University of Iowa. In Viterbo, Eslick will pursue studies in Italian language, art and literature.

DUBUQUE: Matthew Becker, a UI junior Spanish and journalism double major, won a $1,000 Dean's Scholarship to put toward his upcoming studies in fall 2006 and spring 2007. During the fall, Becker will study the Spanish language in Alcala, Spain. Becker will spend his 2007 spring semester abroad at the Universidad Carlos III in Madrid pursuing journalism studies.

Alyssa Varner, a UI sophomore English and linguistics double major with a Spanish minor, won a $1,000 Dean's Scholarship for her fall 2006 semester at the Shvanyaloka Center for Indian Studies in Mysore, India. At this UI sponsored program, Varner will pursue studies in Sanskrit, yoga and Indian culture & civilization courses.

IOWA CITY: Alyssa M. Cress, a UI junior political science major and Spanish minor, has won a $1,000 Dean's Scholarship, to put toward her fall 2006 studies abroad at the CIEE Alicante Liberal Arts Program, in Alicante, Spain. At this program, sponsored by the University of Iowa, Cress will pursue studies covering the Spanish language, culture, history and politics.

Andrew Ketterer, a UI sophomore and with majors in pre-medicine, philosophy and German, has won a $2,000 Presidential Scholarship for his studies abroad in the Academic Year Freiburg Program in Germany. At this program, sponsored by the University of Iowa, Ketterer will pursue studies in German, philosophy and courses along the pre-medicine track.

Leah Miller, a UI sophomore anthropology major with minors in French and international studies, won a $1,000 Dean's Scholarship to put toward her studies this fall 2006 at the University of Pau, France. At the USAC program, sponsored by the University of Iowa, Miller will pursue studies in linguistics and cultural anthropology, as well as an independent project that will contribute to her honors thesis.

KEOSAUQUA: Adam Kirchner, a UI junior music and German double major, won a $2,000 Presidential Scholarship towards his studies in Freiburg, Germany, at the Academic Year in Freiburg program, sponsored by the University of Iowa. At the Albert-Ludwigs-Universitat, Kircher will pursue studies in music history, while taking voice lessons to experiment with German vocal and performance techniques.

NEWTON: Courtney Clarke, a UI junior art and art history major with a minor in Italian, won a $2,000 Presidential Scholarship to put toward her studies through the USAC program in Turin, Italy. At the program, which is sponsored by the University of Iowa, Clarke plans to study Italian and architectural studies.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026,; Program: Philip Carls, Office for Study Abroad, 319-335-0353; Writer: Katie Chelminski