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Students Earn Prestigious Scholarships

June 16, 2010

As the spring semester wrapped up, five recent graduates earned scholarships to further develop their educational skill in Russia, South Korea, China, Australia and Scotland.

Austin native Ross Irons, BA '10, and Katie Rochelle Linman, BA '10, of Flower Mound, Texas, are Baylor's 21st and 22nd recipients of the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship since 2001. The Fulbright program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. Irons will teach English in Russia during the 2010-11 academic year as part of the Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships (ETA) Program, while Linman builds on her two years of Korean language study at Baylor, after which she will begin graduate study in art history.

Another recent graduate, Melissa Yeakley, BA '10, from Hurst, Texas, will be returning to China after again winning a scholarship to study overseas. Yeakley spent two months last summer studying intermediate Chinese at Soochow University in Suzhou, China. This year, she will study at the Beijing Language and Culture University after winning her second Critical Language Scholarship, part of the U.S. government's National Security Language Initiative.

Two other Bears -- Wayne Joseph, BA '08, MPH '10, and Robert Kent, BA '09 -- won Rotary Scholarships through the Waco Rotary this spring. Thanks to the scholarships, Joseph will head to Canberra, Australia, to study public health policy at Australia National University, while Kent earns his master's in economic/environmental development at the University of Glasgow in Scotland.

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