March 30, 2015
Four Students Awarded Bruhns Scholarship to Study Abroad
Thanks to a generous gift from Wesleyan friend and alumna Dr. E. Maxine Moose Bruhns ’45 Hon. ’07, four West Virginia Wesleyan College students will be studying abroad this summer. The E. Maxine Moose Bruhns Summer Study Abroad Scholarship will provide funding for four students to participate in international educational programs next summer.
The highly-competitive scholarship winners are Shawna Clayton, a junior pre-art therapy, drawing and painting, and psychology major and honors minor from Clarksburg, WV; Rebecca Davis, a junior biology and international studies major and chemistry and honors minor from Mechanicsburg, PA; Taylor Germain, a sophomore English literature major and philosophy, psychology, and honors minor from Deep Creek Lake, MD; and Kayla Hinkley, a junior international business and MBA major from Hurricane, WV.
Born in Grafton, WV, Dr. Bruhns has devoted much of her life to the study and appreciation of and participation in other cultures. She has traveled the world, a champion of internationalism and global living. Her work has spanned the globe, from resettling refuges in isolated areas of different countries, helping others and fostering understanding and communication across cultures. Her travel and experiences have helped her to develop deep understanding and scholarly presentations about the different cultures of the world, which she delivers to students and scholars at The University of Pittsburgh’s Nationality Rooms in the Cathedral of Learning. The exhibits she has built there honor the ethnic heritages of many cultures, nations and peoples. Now, she is giving Wesleyan students the opportunity to become global scholars, allowing them to learn and experience more of the world beyond our borders.
Clayton, who will be studying in Jingdezhen, China, will spend five and a half weeks learning the traditional and contemporary history and art of ceramics and Tai Chi while immersing herself in the language and culture. Excursions to Shanghai, Beijing, Chen Lu, and Xian are planned, as well as trips to local museums and workshops. Clayton also hopes to visit the mountain where kaolin, or China clay, was first discovered.
"I feel very blessed and excited for this opportunity,” stated Clayton. “This will be my first major academic travel experience in a very different environment, and I am very humbled in the prospect of studying in the ceramic capital of the world. I am extremely thankful to the College and to Dr. Bruhns for making the Bruhns Scholarship possible and available. This is an invaluable experience opportunity I would have otherwise not been able to afford."
Davis will be spending six weeks in Fez, Morocco taking Arabic language classes. While in Morocco, Davis will be traveling to Meknes, Errachidia, Erfoud, Marrakech, Tetouan, and Chefchaouen to learn about Moroccan life in the southern and northern regions.
"I am grateful and excited to have this opportunity to study abroad in Morocco,” commented Davis. “I look forward to using the skills I learn this summer in my future endeavors.”
Germain, who will travel to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, will spend two months studying Tanzanian history and culture, as well as Swahili language with the goal of becoming proficient enough to permit future independent travel to the region. Germain would like to eventually make a part-time residence in East Africa and work in humanitarian and literary advancement. She will intern at an orphanage for three weeks at the end of her studies. During her trip, Germain will also visit Zanzibar Island and take part in a wildlife safari at Arusha and Ngorongoro National Park.
“In one word, I feel astonished about this opportunity,” Germain said. “I have always dreamed of having an opportunity like this, but I never believed it would come true, and especially not this soon.”
Hinkley will be traveling to Fukuoka, Japan where she will be furthering her studies in the Japanese language and expanding her knowledge of Japanese culture. During her five-week trip, Hinkley will be attending the Suitoujo Music Festival, taking martial arts classes, visiting temples, and traveling to the hot springs.
"As a first generation college student, five years ago, I would have never thought I would have the opportunities that I do,” stated Hinkley. “I am blessed and proud to be able to say that I will be traveling as an ambassador for West Virginia Wesleyan College."
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