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2 scholarship hopefuls enter final proposals

Feb. 14, 2001

Potential Fulbright scholars will know results by June

By VICTORIA WRIGHT

Reporter

Holley Ewell, a Chesapeake, Va., senior, knows that getting an organization to pay for college is possible, but it takes a lot of work.

Ewell began the process of applying for a Fulbright scholarship more than two years ago at the prompting of her German professor, Dr. Rasma Lazda-Cazers.

Ewell fine-tuned her proposal many times.

'I wanted a unique idea, something no one else had done,' Ewell said. 'I had 10 to 15 people review my paperwork. I must have revised it 30 to 40 times.

'Also, because mine was to a foreign language country, Dr. Lazda would help me with idiomatic expressions,' Ewell said.

Ewell's proposal is to study the music written during the socialist era. She is trying to determine whether there are underlying messages of politics and freedom in music during that era. 'I think there's merit for this hypothesis,' Ewell said.

Another possible Fulbright scholar is Travis Frampton, an Abilene doctoral student. Frampton will do research for his dissertation in the Netherlands on the topic of early Dutch reception to the biblical scholar Spinoza, who was one of the first to question the Mosaic authorship of the Pentateuch.

Ewell and Frampton should receive the Fulbright Scholar Program's determination by June.

'I'm excited, but I'm being realistic,' Ewell said. 'I'm in the running with 600 to 800 people. So that's pretty stiff competition. It has been fun. The research process has helped me with my time management.'

Ewell first became interested in the Fulbright scholarship at one of Baylor's scholarship workshops.

One such program, 'Making Time Count: Internships and National Scholarship Competition,' is 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday in the Lipscomb Room on the third floor of the Bill Daniel Student Center.

Elizabeth Vardaman, assistant dean of the college of arts and sciences, said the focus of the program is to show that all kinds of internships exist at every level -- campus, city, state, and national.

Vardaman said that in order to be competitive for these, you must have great resumes, strong cover letters, and an idea about your career goals.

This hour-long session will touch on important resources and ideas for those who want to work toward a great internship or begin to prepare for the Fulbright, Truman, Marshall, Rhodes and other bids, Vardaman said.