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KNOXVILLE — Seventy-three students at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville — all of whom will be studying abroad during the spring semester — have received $1,000 study-abroad scholarships funded by an international education fee collected from undergraduates.

The $10-per-year fee, proposed by the Student Government Association and approved by the Board of Trustees, went into effect in fall of 2008. These 73 scholarships were funded by the proceeds from the student fee and the J. Wallace and Katie Dean Undergraduate Scholarship Endowment. These monies and other existing funds allow the Center for International Education to award about $300,000 in scholarships per year. The scholarships are based on a combination of financial need and academic merit.

Expanding study abroad is an important component of Ready for the World, the campus’ international and intercultural initiative.

It also advances several of the strategic priorities outlined by UT Knoxville Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek. Among those: enhancing the education experience, enhancing diversity and enhancing globalization.

Noah Rost, a programs abroad coordinator in UT’s Center for International Education office, said studying abroad is “a transformative experience” for students.

“It broadens their worldview, directly exposes them to different countries and cultures and helps them become more independent and self-reliant in the process.

“Studying abroad is also a gem on students’ curriculum vitae,” Rost said. “It will make them more competitive for elite graduate and professional programs and will help them secure quality employment upon graduation since the majority of employers are seeking applicants who can communicate across cultural and linguistic boundaries.”

UT Knoxville offers programs in 54 countries on six continents that range in length from three weeks to an academic year.

Additional information about the study-abroad scholarship program, along with eligibility requirements, application instructions and deadlines, also can be found on the Programs Abroad Office Web site:

Following are the students who received the scholarship, listed by hometown:

Athens: Nicholas Stewart

Bartlett: Christopher Potter

Brentwood: Nicole Nichols, Fleming Smith, Benjamin Southard and Christopher Tramontana

Cincinnati, Ohio: Sam Louderback

Clarksville: Kyle Mills

Collierville: Brittany Dalton and Stephen Townsend

Crestwood: Melinda Nakamura

Franklin: Robert Jackson, Katherine Mattingly and Caitlin Rogers

Gallatin: Daniel Heering and Lori McClure

Germantown: Kelsey Craig, Julia Fenton, Jordan Freeman and Andrew Ruff

Goodlettsville: Ellen Larson

Hendersonville: Jennifer Sneed

Johnson City: Kristin Moore

Jonesborough: Thomas Herington

Knoxville: John Bills, Tyler Blazer, Todd Buchkovich, Whitney Chase, Gregory Cooper, Courtney Daly, Chelsea DeLay, Danielle Elliott, Nicole Eppolito, Erin Groh, Austin Kodra, Miriam Kramer, Christopher Lofaro, Justin Mincey, Nina Musinovic, Bonny Nichol, Rebecca Parsley, Alix Pfennigwerth, Lauren Raschke, Latisha Raulston, Carla Safi, David Sawyer, Hope Stanley, Elizabeth Stephens, Kyle Tharp and Caitlin Turski

Maryville: Eda Cogburn and Sevastian Romberg

Memphis: Brittney Bryant, William Harris and Emelia Smith

Mohawk: Hilary Ailshie

Morgantown: Tyler Etris

Murfreesboro: Josef Beal

Nashville: Christopher Cameron, Daniel Curry, Samantha Economos, Evan Farnsworth, Kathryn Fey and Philip Gilman

Norris: David Samples

Oak Ridge: William Lee

Old Hickory: Alex Porter and Darren Thacker

Piney Flats: Megan Barrowclough

Signal Mountain: Richard Beairsto

Sparta: Stephanie Parker

Strawberry Plains: Daniel Snider

Tullahoma: Kari Luna

C O N T A C T :

Amy Blakely (865-974-5034,