FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 13, 2004
BIRMINGHAM , Ala.— Birmingham-Southern College student Jeris Burns of North Shelby County has been chosen by the National Rotary Foundation to receive its prestigious 2004-05 Rotary Scholarship for international cultural study.
Burns was awarded a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship for one year of overseas study. The Rotary Scholarships, which reach up to $25,000, are intended to further international understanding and friendly relations among people of different countries.
The scholarships are sponsored by local Rotary Clubs based on written proposals students present to a scholarship committee. Burns will receive her overseas assignment in December to either Ireland, Scotland, or England, and she plans to pursue women and gender studies. Upon her return to the United States, she will speak at Rotary Club gatherings to share her overseas experiences.
Burns' college activities include service in the Leadership Studies and Honors programs, election chair for the Student Government Association, member of Alpha Omicron Phi sorority, and forward on the women's soccer team.
This is not her first time overseas. She attended the British Studies at Oxford program during the summer of 2003, which is conducted annually at St. John's College in Oxford, England.
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, 28 Birmingham-Southern students have become Rotary Scholars.