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Quick Named 18th Presidential International Scholar

Tuesday, May 07, 2002

SPARTANBURG, SC—Dawna Shawntelle Quick, a Wofford College rising senior from Sumter, S.C., has been named the 18th Presidential International Scholar, the college’s unique scholarship program that sends one student to developing countries for an academic year.

Her selection was made by Wofford President Benjamin B. Dunlap and announced at today’s Spring Honors Convocation.

“Dawna is a bright, articulate, thoughtful person, typical of those who have preceded her in this extraordinary, life-changing opportunity,” Dunlap said. “She recently published an article in the student newspaper on the subject of stress, arguing that the essential challenge is not managing time but managing oneself. We should say yes to things that add value to our lives, she wrote, quoting one of our deans. That caught my eye, and, in a recent forum to discuss campus issues, she caught my ear as well. Now she has indeed said yes, and the whole Wofford community will be avidly following the consequences of that decision.”

The Presidential International Scholar is chosen personally each year by Wofford’s president as “the singular student best fitted to benefit humankind.” An anonymous donor funds the scholarship. The scholar spends his or her senior year visiting developing countries around the world and conducting research on an independent study project, returning for a fifth year to complete regular coursework and sharing what was learned during the travels.

Previously, the scholar has been announced in the fall. Beginning today, at the request of the donor, the announcement will be made at the Spring Honors Convocation in May. The returning scholar will be welcomed home, and the new scholar will be named. This provides the new scholar with the entire summer to prepare his or her project and to make travel arrangements before departing in the fall. The scholar will return in the spring of 2003.

Quick, a Charles E. Daniel Scholar, is the daughter of Leroy and Sandra Quick of Sumter, S.C. She is an English and business economics major and is a dean’s list student. She is a member of the Wofford Ambassadors, the Association of African-American Students, SCOPE, the Voice of Victory gospel choir, and the Wofford Singers. She is news editor of the student newspaper, The Old Gold & Black.

Allyson Gibson, a senior from The Woodlands, Tex., was welcomed home at the Honors Convocation from her academic year of travel as the 17th Presidential International Scholar. “ ‘What have you learned’ is too difficult a question to answer about my experiences traveling through Thailand, South Africa, South America and beyond,” Gibson said, “because this whole experience has been one of discovering and learning, and I hope to continue understanding my trip for the rest of my life. I learned about people, music, culture, food, customs, social problems, globalization, religion, art. Basically, fill in the blank, and I have probably learned about it.” Her studies centered on indigenous music and changes to it resulting from globalization.

Read about Gibson's travels by visiting http://www.rhythmsofourworld.com.