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Wofford names 23rd Presidential International Scholar

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Taylors, S.C., student to travel the world on independent project 

Vanessa Lauber of Taylors, S.C., is the 23rd Presidential International Scholar, named May 3, 2007.SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Wofford College President Benjamin B. Dunlap has selected Vanessa Juliet Lauber, a rising senior from Taylors, S.C., as the 23rd Presidential International Scholar, the college’s innovative program that allows one student to travel throughout the academic year to developing countries researching an independent project.

The announcement was made Thursday (May 3, 2007) at the annual spring Honors Convocation, held in Leonard Auditorium.  Departmental awards and other special recognitions also were made during the event to honor 2007 graduates, who will receive their diplomas on Sunday, May 20, in a ceremony on the lawn of Main Building.

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.

“Like previous Presidential International Scholars, Vanessa Lauber is bright, ebullient and intrepid,” Dunlap says, “but, for this award, the president is enjoined to choose someone most likely to benefit humankind.  I have no doubt that, especially in that regard, I have chosen well.”

Lauber, the daughter of David and Melanie Lauber, is a graduate of Eastside High School in Taylors.  She recently was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.  A third-year student, she is an English and history major.  She was a founding member of the Living-Learning Community for the Arts, is a section editor for the Old Gold & Black student newspaper, and is president of the Wofford Recycling Club.  She is a Wofford Ambassador, a member of Amnesty International and studied abroad in London.  A member of the Blue Key Honor Society, she also has won second prize in the “Beyond the City’s Northern Border” competition and, last summer, was a project winner in Woffords’ first Community of Scholars summer research program.  She plans to attend graduate school after completing her degree at Wofford and aspires to an academic career.

Returning Presidential International Scholars Elise Boos of Slidell, La., and Ivy Farr of Inman, S.C., were recognized at the convocation.

Watch Vanessa talk about her travel and research on TerrierVision 

or... Read the Presidential Scholar Blog!