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Two UW-Eau Claire Students Receive Schillings Scholarships to Study Abroad

RELEASED: March 28, 2008

EAU CLAIRE — Two University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire students received $1,000 Corinne J. Schillings Foundation scholarships to study abroad during the 2007-08 academic year.

The Corinne J. Schillings Foundation, which first granted awards for the 2005-06 academic year, provides scholarships to Girl Scouts who have received their Silver or Gold Awards. The Girl Scout Gold Award is considered the equivalent of the Boy Scout Eagle Award and requires a service project of 60 hours.

Audrey Mohr
Audrey Mohr

In fall 2007, Audrey Rose Mohr, a junior from New Ulm, Minn., with a major in public relations and a minor in geology, used the scholarship to study in Lancaster, England.

"I enjoyed the experience immensely," said Mohr. "I looked forward to studying abroad for ages and my interest in British history and literature made it even more exciting. I was able to travel all around the island and as well as on the continent. I became great friends with people from all over the world and will never forget what I learned about myself and British culture."

Since she returned from England, Mohr has been serving as a peer adviser for other students who will study in Lancaster in fall of 2008.

Emily Paul
Emily Paul

This semester, sophomore Emily Paul, a communication sciences and disorders major from Milwaukee, is using the Corinne J. Schillings Foundation Scholarship to study in Limerick, Ireland. Her classes include Renaissance English literature, cultural studies, Irish folklore and Irish traditional music.

Paul said when she came to UW-Eau Claire she never thought about going abroad, but another student's presentation convinced her of the value of the experience. She said she now has five Irish roommates and she has enjoyed traveling in Ireland and beyond.

"I know I am growing as a person and definitely moving out of my 'shy girl' reputation," said Paul. "I am so grateful to have been able to have such an experience and having the scholarship made it that much easier. The Irish culture is very different, but something I will never regret experiencing. It is definitely going to be difficult to leave."

According to the Corinne J. Schillings Foundation Web site, Schillings was a 26-year old woman who lost her life in the Baltimore water taxi accident in 2004. A Silver Award Girl Scout and a 1999 foreign language graduate of Purdue University, she spent two semesters studying in Italy, where she met her fiancé, who also died in the accident. Family, friends and other contributors created this scholarship because Schillings believed strongly in higher education for women and in learning about various cultures through language.

For information on study abroad scholarships, contact Colleen Marchwick, study abroad coordinator in the Center for International Education, at 715-836-4411 or marchwcc@uwec.edu.

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