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Wofford Names 19th Presidential International Scholar

Tuesday, May 06, 2003

SPARTANBURG, SC—Allyn Steele, a Wofford College rising senior from Cleveland, N.C., has been named the 19th Presidential International Scholar, the college’s unique scholarship that sends one student to developing countries for an academic year.

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

“The Presidential International Scholar is more than a bright, energetic, deserving student,” Dunlap says. “He or she must be someone with the will and ability to transcend the ordinary, pursue a challenging project, and produce a significant result. In addition, he or she must be intrepid, adaptable and resilient. Perhaps Indiana Jones might qualify for that portion of the task, but the Presidential Scholar must also be someone who is likely to benefit humankind.

“How we manage to find such paragons at Wofford year after year is a bit of a mystery, but I can assure you Allyn Steele is another perfect choice,” he adds.

Steele, son of Dr. and Mrs. John Steele of Cleveland, N.C., is a history major and a Charles E. Daniel Scholar. He is a dean’s list student and is a member of the Blue Key National Honor Fraternity, Twin Towers student volunteer organization, and assistant editor of The Journal literary publication.

He studied in Thailand at the Council for International Educational Exchange and the Research and Development Institute of Khon Kaen University during the fall of 2002. He also studied abroad, in London and Ireland, during Interim 2002. During the summer of 2002, he worked at the Center for Talented Youth Summer Program of Johns Hopkins University, Siena College site, in New York.

Steele also is a member of the Wofford Singers, the Wofford Men (an a cappella group), is a Wofford Ambassador, a Wofford Scholar, and a member of the Women’s History Month Committee. He plays intramural soccer and is lead singer, violinist and writer in a contemporary folk-rock band called The Chinese Cowboys.

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.

During the Spring Honors Convocation, returning scholar Dawna Quick of Sumter, S.C., was welcomed home. Quick studied labor, wages and how the concept of “human development” affects opportunities to rise above poverty in developing countries around the world. She traveled to Mexico, Argentina, South Africa, Ghana, Poland, China and Thailand.