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August 19, 2002

Rotary awards Birmingham-Southern students, alum international scholarships

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.-Two Birmingham-Southern College students and a recent graduate have been selected by the national Rotary Foundation to receive its 2002-03 Rotary Scholarship for overseas cultural study.

Jennifer Compton of Gardendale was awarded a Multi-Year Rotary Scholarship for two to three years of post-graduate study. Evan Milligan of Montgomery and Matt Parrish of Geraldine each received a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship for one year of international study.

The Rotary Scholarships are sponsored by the Birmingham chapter of the national Rotary Club based on proposals and study plans students present to a scholarship committee. The scholarships, which reach up to $23,000, are not applicable toward an academic degree, but are intended to further international understanding and friendly relations among people of different countries. The recipients will receive their overseas assignments in October.

Upon return to the United States, each Rotary Scholarship recipient will speak at Rotary Club gatherings to share their overseas experiences.

Compton, a senior psychology /pre-engineering major, is the daughter of Alfred and Judy Compton. Her college activities and honors include Resident Advisor, President's Student Advisory Council, McWane Scholar, Diversity Task Force, Peer Advisor, and Mortar Board. Milligan, a senior religion major, is the son of William Milligan and Claire Sams-Milligan. His collegiate interests and activities include Gospel Choir, Administrative Intern for the President's Office, Dean's List, Resident Advisor, and Intervarsity Christian Fellowship.

Parrish received his bachelor's degree in political science from BSC in May 2002. His campus affiliations and honors included Resident Advisor, Sigma Nu Fraternity, Phi Beta Kappa, Mortar Board, President's Student Service Organization, and Student Government Assocation. He is the son of James Parrish.

The Rotary Foundation offers three types of scholarships: Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarships for one year of post-graduate and cultural study, Rotary Cultural Scholarships for three months of overseas study, and Multi-Year Rotary Scholarships for two or more years of international study and exchange.

Since Birmingham-Southern began participating in the program in 1990, 25 BSC students have been awarded Rotary Scholarships.


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