The SGA encourages WKU students to expand their learning opportunities off campus. SGA began offering this scholarship for the Winter Term 2011 and has since sponsored over 65 scholarships totaling over $7,500.
Three students received Student Government Association Study Away scholarships for Spring 2018.
Anna Winchell is a sophomore from Haweville, KY studying agriculture in the Ogden College of Science and Engineering. Her study away course will take her to Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas to discover the history, development, and success of agricultural education programs in secondary and post-secondary schools. Winchell said this course provides her with new cultural experiences and allows her to see how high schools in other states run their agriculture programs therefore benefitting her greatly in my future career as an Agriculture Teacher. The course is taught by Dr. Thomas Kingery in the agriculture department. Learn more about the course here: https://www.wku.edu/studyaway/programs/sa-spring/texasspring2018.php
Aubrey Clark is an Interior Design & Fashion Merchandising senior from Owensboro, KY. Her study away course will take her to New York City in May to meet with industry professionals across the spectrum of diverse career areas in fashion. Clark said she has always wanted to visit New York as it is the center of fashion in the United States and added, “I know there is a lot for me to learn about the industry and I believe that going to New York with my professors and other classmates will help me to learn and experience much more than if I were to ever go without them.”
Paige Forberger is a sophomore from Taylorsville, KY also studying Interior Design & Fashion Merchandising in the College of Health & Human Services. Forberger said the NYC Study Tour is an opportunity of a life time that allows students meet professionals and ask questions on the spot. She added that this study away course will enable her to search for internships based on her experiences and relationships created during the time in New York City.
Both Clark and Forberger are in course taught by assistant professor Carrie Cox. Learn more about the course here: https://www.wku.edu/studyaway/programs/sa-spring/newyorkfashiondesign2018.php.
Study Away Director Jerry Barnaby says that study away courses offer innovative teaching and learning opportunities in partnership with WKU's academic departments and faculty who seek to provide their students and the community differing perspectives of America and the world.
“The SGA scholarship makes a positive impact on students by giving them additional resources to take study away courses,” said Barnaby. “We appreciate SGA support for students and encouraging them to expand their overall academic experience, and I hope other organizations will follow SGA’s lead and develop their own scholarship programs to help students expand their study away opportunities.”
Study Away offers off-campus courses that enable students to apply the lessons learned in the classroom in a practical, hands-on setting. No passport is required for Study Away courses since they take place within the United States.
The SGA Study Away scholarship is now open for Summer 2018 courses. Learn more at this link: wku.edu/travel/sgascholarship
Additional information about WKU Study Away is available at www.wku.edu/studyaway.