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Citadel News Service
29 Apr 2010

School of Humanities launches international study program

Four Citadel cadets pursuing degrees in the humanities and social sciences will have the opportunity to study abroad this summer because of scholarship assistance being provided by The School of Humanities and Social Sciences in partnership with the Office of the Provost.

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Erinn Carter

The International Study Awards were launched this year to increase opportunities for cadets to study overseas. The awards of $5,000 each are to be presented annually to cadets pursuing a major or minor in English, criminal justice, history, modern languages, political science, or psychology. Selections are made through a competitive process by a committee appointed by the Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences. Recipients must have a 3.0 GPA or higher and qualify for needs-based financial assistance. Funding is provided by The Citadel Foundation.

“These new awards fill a critical need," said Bo Moore, dean of Humanities and Social Sciences. "Thanks to the support of Provost Sam Hines, many deserving young men and women of very modest means will now be able profit from the often life-changing experience of studying abroad.

“In the process, The Citadel will be better able to achieve one of its key strategic objectives: the development of principled leaders in a globalized environment,” Moore said. 

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Joshua Rodgers

This year a total of $20,000 was awarded to cadets Erinn, Carter, Joshua Rogers and Nicholas Slater and Michael Dispenza.

Cadet Erinn Carter of Wilmington, Del., is a sophomore Spanish major and the November Company Human Affairs corporal. Carter plans to study in Cholula, Mexico, where she will take Spanish courses and enroll in workshops to learn more about Hispanic culture. 

“By receiving the opportunity to study abroad and immerse myself into the very culture that I love to study, I hope that I have more success in all the Spanish courses I will take over the next two years,” Carter said. “After I graduate from The Citadel, I plan to become an interpreter or translator for the government.”

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Nichols Slater

A political science major from Hinesville, Ga., Cadet Joshua Rodgers is a member of The Citadel Regimental Band and Pipes, which will travel to Scotland in August for the 2010 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. The Tattoo is a month-long nightly festival of music, pageantry and demonstrations by military organizations from around the world. Rodgers also writes for the cadet newspaper The Brigadier and is a member of The Citadel Gospel Choir. 

Rodgers plans to study in China and Mongolia this summer learning about the Chinese language and culture and Mongolian ruler Genghis Khan. He plans to attend law school after graduation in 2013.

“I am very blessed to have received the scholarship to study abroad in China. It will greatly widen my experiences and view of the world,” he said. “I am excited to visit the Forbidden City and sleep in a Yurt on the Mongolian Steppe as Genghis Khan did.”

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Michael Dispenza
Cadet Nicholas Slater of Lawrenceville, Ga., plans to study French at the Institut de Touraine in Tours, France. A political science major (politics and military affairs) and biology major, Slater plans to attend medical school and work for Doctors Without Borders after he graduates in 2013.

"Immersion is the best way to learn a foreign language, so this opportunity to study abroad will greatly help me,” Slater said. “Visiting another country and living with the local people will give me first-hand knowledge and experience with that culture, something that a book cannot provide and will give me experience interacting with people of different customs and beliefs.” 

Cadet Michael Dispenza of Columbia, S.C., will graduate in 2011 with a degree in criminal justice. He plans a career in law enforcement.

Active in the South Carolina Army National Guard, Dispenza will study at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom this summer. In addition he has a summer internship with the U.S. Marshal Service.

“My study of British history and government while abroad this summer will help diversify my understanding of different cultures and will help me with communications skills I can apply to my career after graduation.”

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