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September 22, 2003

Birmingham-Southern student, 2003 graduate receive Rotary Scholarships for overseas study

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—A Birmingham-Southern College senior and a recent graduate have been selected by the national Rotary Foundation to receive its prestigious 2003-04 Rotary Scholarship for overseas cultural study. Anna Donaldson of Jasper and Sara Doughton of Homewood each were awarded a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship for one year of international study.

The Rotary Scholarships are sponsored by local Rotary Clubs based on written proposals students present to a scholarship committee. The scholarships, which reach up to $23,000, are intended to further international understanding and friendly relations among people of different countries. Donaldson and Doughton will receive their overseas assignments in December. Upon return to the United States, each will speak at Rotary Club gatherings to share their overseas experiences.

Donaldson, who graduated cum laude with a bachelor's degree in English in May 2003, will pursue a master's degree in communications as part of her Rotary experience. Her Birmingham-Southern activities and honors included Triangle Service Club, Ivy League campus tour guide, President's Student Service Organization, and Dean's List. An accomplished pianist, Donaldson is a five-time winner of the Alabama Music Teacher Association's annual competition, and, in 1999, she appeared on Good Morning America with Diane Sawyer as Alabama's newly crowned Junior Miss. She currently is working as a communications intern at ABC News in Boston. She is the daughter of Jeff and Brenda Donaldson.

Doughton is an English major and the daughter of Ralph and Susan Doughton. Her campus affiliations and interests include editor of the Compass leadership journal, Mortar Board, vice president of the Honor Council, Alpha Omicron Pi sorority, secretary of Omicron Delta Kappa honorary society, and Writing Center tutor.

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.

Over the past decade, 27 Birmingham-Southern students have become Rotary Scholars.



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