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Summerville student named 30th Presidential International Scholar

Laura Kate Gamble selected by President Dunlap

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President Benjamin B. Dunlap announces his selection of Laura Kate Gamble as the next Presidential International Scholar.

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Wofford College President Benjamin B. Dunlap has selected Laura Kate Gamble, a rising senior from Summerville, S.C., as the 2013-2014 Presidential International Scholar. She is the 30th scholar in the college’s innovative program that allows one student to travel during the academic year to developing countries researching an independent project.

The announcement was made Tuesday, April 30, at the annual spring Honors Convocation, held in Leonard Auditorium. Departmental awards and other special recognitions also were made during the event to honor 2013 graduates, who will receive their diplomas on Sunday, May 19, in a ceremony on the lawn of Main Building. (All award recipients will be listed in a separate news release in the Wofford Newsroom shortly.)

The Presidential International Scholar is chosen personally each year by Wofford’s president as “the singular student best fitted to benefit humankind.” Funded by an anonymous donor, the program provides the student the opportunity to travel and study independently for five months during the scholar’s senior year, returning for the spring semester. 

“Laura Kate Gamble is an extraordinary combination of scholarly brilliance, energetic creativity and generous compassion – not only the perfect embodiment of what we seek for the Presidential International Scholar but what we want Wofford students to become,” Dunlap says. “She is sure to make the most of this remarkable opportunity.” 

Gamble, who is majoring in biology and Spanish with a concentration in Latin American and Caribbean Studies, is the daughter of Donnie and Ginny Gamble of Summerville. She is a Dean’s List student and is a volunteer with Wofford’s Math Academy and ARCH programs. She also is a member of Honor Council and Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. She is a graduate of Pinewood Preparatory School in Summerville.

David Moore (Class of 2013) of Spartanburg, the returning Presidential International Scholar, was recognized at the ceremony, along with returning Presidential Global Studies Scholars Brian McCracken (2013) of Anderson, S.C., and Chris Bourean (2013) of Easley, S.C.