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Citadel News Service
7 Feb 2012

Globetrotting students earn Star of the West Scholar grants

Twelve Citadel students will be studying and interning abroad this summer thanks to a $73,053 grant from the Star of the West Foundation.

The Star of the West International Summer Scholars is a one-time grant to support the academic enrichment of cadets whose project proposals presented a clear connection between the summer experience and their goals after graduation. These international summer scholars range from studying economic development in Uganda to performing a medical internship in Peru.

“Following The Citadel’s strategic initiatives, we are committed to exposing our cadets to international opportunities,” said Provost and Dean of the College Samuel Hines. “As the world becomes smaller in this digital age, it is imperative for our education to become broader so that our graduates are better prepared to practice principled leadership.”

The following students have been awarded 2012 Star of the West International Summer grants:

  • Benjamin Canipe of Hickory, N.C., will work as a medical intern in Cuzco, Peru.
  • Brandon Gettys of Titusville, N.J., will study French in Montpellier, France.
  • Michael Lacey of Goose Creek, S.C., will study economic development as well as intern in Fort Portal, Uganda.
  • Nathaniel Madden of Anderson, S.C., will intern with Deutsche-Welle broadcasting in Berlin.
  • Franklin McGuire of Lexington, S.C., will take English courses and intern with a Member of Parliament in London.
  • Thomas Jordan of Dillon, S.C., will study visual arts and business in Newfoundland, Canada. 
  • Payton McVey of Atlanta, Ill. will take a course on Chinese commercial law in Beijing. 
  • Andrew Munnerlyn of Columbia, S.C., will study culture and economics in Alcala, Spain. 
  • Jordan M. Noorwood of Florence, S.C., will study French in Montpellier, France
  • Wei Ming Chiu of Charleston, S.C., will study sustainable engineering in Australia. 
  • William Griffin of Columbia, S.C., will study French in Montpellier, France.
  • Richard Lee of Rock Hill, S.C., will travel to London, Amsterdam, Paris, Lucerne, Venice, Florence and Rome to study European art and architecture.

The Star of the West Foundation is a trust that was established in 1945 through the tremendous vision and compassion of the late Col. William W. Wannamaker, Citadel class of 1919. The foundation makes this annual grant in an effort to strengthen The Citadel’s global initiatives. Students submit proposals based on specific academic studies, and awards are based on academic class standing, the quality of their proposals and letters of reference.

Hines said this year’s competition was competitive and demonstrates the strong academic caliber of Citadel cadets.

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