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Wofford names two Presidential International Scholars

Thursday, May 04, 2006

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – For the first time in its 22-year history, the Wofford College Presidential International Scholarship has been awarded to two students – Ivy Farr, a rising senior from Inman, S.C., and Elise Boos, a rising senior from Slidell, La. The announcement was made on Thursday, May 4, 2006, by Wofford President Benjamin B. Dunlap during the annual spring Honors Convocation, held in Leonard Auditorium.

Departmental awards and other special recognitions were made during the convocation to honor 2006 graduates, who will receive their diplomas on Sunday, May 14.

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.

“We have long dreamed of doubling the extraordinary opportunity that the Presidential International Scholarship represents,” Dunlap says. “This year, through the generosity of the anonymous donor and his family, we are enabled for the first time to do so -- and the recipients are every bit as extraordinary as the opportunity.

“Elise Boos has been a dynamo of campus leadership, serving a rare term as student body president in her junior year while maintaining a distinguished academic record and playing a crucial part in virtually every innovation in campus life,” Dunlap continues. “A highly gifted writer and musician, Ivy Farr is the mainstay of such varied programs as the Wofford Strings and ‘Cornbread to Sushi,’ a peripatetic exploration of the rural South for which she is helping write, compile and edit an anthology of texts. She has served as a residence advisor, and her stratospheric grade point average has earned her the rare distinction of election to Phi Beta Kappa during her junior year.”

Boos, a class of 2007 biology major, is a dean’s list student and member of the Blue Key National Honor Society and the Living-Learning Community for the Arts. She was president of Wofford’s student body for the 2005-06 academic year. This summer, she will intern with Campus Progress in Washington, D.C. Her parents are Lester Boos and Patricia Walsh of Slidell, La.

Farr, a class of 2007 psychology and history major, is a Palmetto Fellow and a recipient of several scholarships. She has been a resident assistant and a member of the Psychology Kingdom and the Wofford Strings Ensemble. She recently represented Wofford at the College English Association Conference in San Antonio, Tex., where she made a presentation on the college’s Writing Center and the Novel Experience program. This summer, she will do research on “A Study of Southern Culture Through Immigration” with English Professor Deno Trakas as a member of the first Community of Scholars undergraduate research program at Wofford. She is the daughter of Joseph and Virginia Farr of Inman, S.C.

Returning Presidential International Scholar Neill Russell (Russ) Sandifer of Columbia, S.C., was recognized at the convocation. As the 21st scholar, Sandifer searched for “a foundation in the Quran and the Islamic experience for what has been termed ‘Islamic roots of democratic pluralism.’” He visited government officials, representatives of non-government organizations, academics and others as he traveled through Morocco, Tunisia, Chad, Turkey, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Yemen, Turkmenistan and Indonesia.