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Junior awarded $5,000 to study abroad

Monday, March 9, 2009

Laura Carlson, a junior in sociology and family studies and human services with minors in music and Spanish, is one of two K-State students to receive a 2009 Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship that provides up to $5,000 for undergraduate study abroad.

She has been studying at the Anglo-American University of Prague since February and will finish in May. She is taking sociology, history and business classes, as well
as a Prague art and architecture course and an introduction to Czech language course.

Carlson said she thinks her study abroad experience will help prepare her to work with diverse groups of people.

"Already it has stretched me out of my comfort zone and given me a completely new perspective," she said. "No matter the career I end up in, I will have a more multicultural background and hopefully be able to relate to those from all walks of life."

Carlson's career plans include working with people through counseling or youth/music ministry. She has received a Putnam Scholarship and K-State semester honors.

Also receiving a Gilman is Manuel Garcia, a mechanical engineering senior.

This article was posted on Monday, March 9, 2009, and is filed under Family Studies & Human Services.