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UW-Eau Claire Professor Emerita Endows
Scholarship Combining Service-Learning with Study Abroad

RELEASED: March 9, 2007

Sally Webb with students in South Africa
Sally Webb, far right, accompanied UW-Eau Claire students during a fence-building project in Durban, South Africa. (Contributed photo)

EAU CLAIRE — A University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire professor emerita has established an international service scholarship after witnessing the benefit of service-learning for students studying abroad.

Sally Webb, who retired as professor of communication and journalism in 2003 and is currently a development officer for the UW-Eau Claire Foundation, has endowed the Sally A. Webb International Service Fellowship, which is available for outstanding UW-Eau Claire students seeking to complete a service project in an international setting.

Webb recruited and visited the first group of UW-Eau Claire students to study in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, at the University of KwaZuluNatal's International School. She accompanied the students as they conducted service activities, including working with children and building a fence around a garden at an AIDS testing and treatment site in a township.

This experience convinced Webb of the benefit to students of mixing international study with service learning.

"Being with students and the South African people, seeing how they lived and worked together, was a highlight of my trip," Webb said. "Study abroad combined with service-learning provides life-changing experiences. I hope to encourage more students to take part in such opportunities."

The establishment of this scholarship fits with the university's effort to encouraging students to combine service learning with a study abroad experience.

"Over the past few years the university has developed service learning programs in South Africa, Chile, Australia, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Germany," said Don Mowry, director of the Center for Service-Learning at UW-Eau Claire. "We hope that funding from the Foundation will encourage more students to pair study abroad with service learning."

Applications for the scholarship are being accepted now and are available in the Center for Service-Learning or the Center for International Education. The application deadline is April 1. The recipient will have a year from the date of notification of the award to complete the study abroad and service project and provide a written or oral report on his or her trip and service activity.

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