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2007-2008 Grant and Scholarship Recipients

Ralph D. Mershon Study Abroad Scholarship

The Mershon Center for International Security Studies announces 13 awards in the first annual Ralph D. Mershon Study Abroad Scholarship competition. These scholarships support students who aspire to careers related to international security.   

Winners this year include students whose ambitions range from working for the State Department, the U.S. Military, or within the intelligence community, to positions with the United Nations. Students also hope to pursue work for global immigration services and non-governmental organizations fostering security and development.

The scholarship competition had more than 50 applicants this year. Unfortunately, the Mershon Center could fund only 13 applicants and therefore, had to make difficult choices among the growing number of Ohio State students recognizing the tremendous value of study abroad programs. 

The Mershon Center will fund another competition next year and hopes students from across the campus will apply.

2007-2008 Ralph D. Mershon Study Abroad Scholarship Recipients

  • Alexa Bruder, Sophomore - Linguistics
    Intensive Chinese Language Program in Qingdao, China

  • Megan Cairns, Sophomore - Arabic, Religious Studies
    Arabic Language Institute in Fez, Morocco

  • Michael Curtis, Junior - International Studies
    Koc International Exchange Program in Istanbul, Turkey

  • Sarah Gange, Junior - Russian, Comparative Studies
    Russian Language and Area Studies Program at the KORA Language Institute in Vladimir, Russia

  • Dana Grinshpan, Junior - International Studies, Arabic
    Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel

  • Timothy Hoffine, Senior - International Studies, Journalism, French
    Arabic Language Institute in Fez, Morocco

  • Joshua Przybyla, Senior - Criminology
    OSU Study Abroad Program on Central and Eastern Europe in Comparative Perspective in Warsaw, Poland

  • Vince Selip, Senior - International Studies, Arabic
    American University in Cairo, Egypt

  • Kristin Silver, Junior - Psychology, Slavic & Eastern Studies   
    American Institute for Foreign Study in the Czech Republic

  • Robert Snyder, Senior - International Studies; Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology
    Minnesota Studies in International Development in Senegal

  • Aaron Taylor, Sophomore - East Asian Studies, Korean
    Soon Chun Huang University in Korea

  • Lydia Thomas, Sophomore - Chinese, Arabic, International Studies
    Intensive Chinese Language Program in Qingdao, China

  • David Young, Sophomore - International Studies, Chinese
    International Chinese Language Program in Taiwan