Cameron University Honors Program students honored for Study Abroad essays

Five Cameron University students received scholarship awards as winners of the Study Abroad London Spring Break 2012 Honors Program Essay Contest, sponsored by the Cameron University Honors Program. The contest was open to students in the Honors Program who are participating in Study Abroad London Spring Break 2012.

Matthew D. Hughes of Elgin, a sophomore majoring in art, received the top award of $1,000. In his essay, he wrote, “A scholar is driven by his quest for a better understanding of the world and how its components are intertwined...education is pursued for the sake of becoming a cultured, intelligent, well-rounded person who can contribute to society in more ways than one. The opportunity to study abroad is the quintessential experience for the burgeoning true scholar…”

Duncan resident Katherine J. Heitner, a junior majoring in English education, won the second place award of $750, and Lawton’s Jacob A. Jardel, a junior majoring in psychology, was named the third place winner with an award of $500.

Due to the quality of submissions received, honorable mention awards of $250 each were presented to

Brent A. Chappell of Fletcher, a junior with a double major in mathematics and physics, and Kristen A. May of Walters, a senior biology major.

For the contest, students composed a 2000-2500 word essay in which they explored how a study abroad experience would benefit them in achieving their individual potential as both a scholar and a responsible citizen who is able to make meaningful contributions to a rapidly changing, global world.

The cash awards will be applied to each student’s account balance for the Study Abroad in London Spring Break 2012 trip.

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November 1, 2011

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