Student Pride

NWU’s First Congress-Bundestag Scholar to Spend a Year in Germany

Ginney KochIn March, junior Ginny Koch of Lincoln was awarded the prestigious Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals scholarship. This scholarship covers all expenses for a work-study program that will send her to Germany for a year.

She is the first Nebraska Wesleyan student to win the scholarship and was among only 75 selected from a pool of nearly 600 applicants. The program begins in July and includes two months of intensive German language study, four months of classroom instruction at a German university, and a five-month internship in the participant’s career field.

“I’m a little nervous but very excited,” said Koch. “I’m excited to immerse myself in a completely different culture.”


Fulbright Scholarship Takes Triple Major to Germany

Brittney HrabikBrittney Hrabik (’11) of Murdock will teach English in Germany next year as part of the Fulbright Scholarship program. Hrabik studied in Bavaria last year. The Fulbright Scholarship is the flagship international education program sponsored by the U.S. government. Students are selected based on academic merit and leadership potential.

The accounting, international business and German major said her goal during her year in Germany will be to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and those living in other countries.

“I really loved the environment and all of the intercultural communication,” said Hrabik. “All of my experiences during my semester abroad led me to apply for a Fulbright Scholarship to Germany.”

NWU Junior to Help Kids on Indonesian Streets

Sarah HotovyNebraska Wesleyan junior Sarah Hotovy of York was selected as one of 10 American students to participate in the Freeman Indonesia Nonprofit Internship Program for eight weeks this summer. Sarah will spend part of her summer in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, helping to provide health care to street children with the Humana Foundation for Social Research.

“I am especially excited to work alongside an Indonesian student who goes to school in the United States during my internship. I believe the opportunity to intern in an Indonesian nonprofit will help me to understand the role of nonprofit organizations in promoting the nation’s development,” she said.

Hotovy, a biochemistry and political science major, will study the language and culture of Indonesia during the all-expenses-paid experience.

Scholar Clears Hurdles for Postgraduate Study

Kevin JanataKevin Janata (’11) of Howells, a Nebraska Wesleyan University track and field student-athlete, was one of only 29 men nationally in all divisions to be selected to receive a $7,500 postgraduate scholarship from the NCAA for the 2010-11 winter sports season.

Janata has been a high achiever academically as well as athletically, with a 3.84 GPA as a history/social science education major. Janata earned his second All-American honor as he placed fifth in the 55-meter hurdles at the 2011 NCAA III Indoor Track and Field Championships. He was also named the USTFCCCA Central Region men’s track and field athlete of the year.

Last year, Janata became the first NWU student-athlete to earn the NCAA Elite 88 Award, which was given to the student-athlete with the highest GPA at each of the NCAA’s 88 national championship competitions.

Goldwater Scholar Shows Midas Touch

Lindsey JonesLindsey Jones, a sophomore biochemistry major and Spanish minor at Nebraska Wesleyan, earned a prestigious Goldwater Scholarship.

Two hundred-seventy-five Goldwater Scholars were selected nationally on the basis of academic merit from a field of 1,095 math, science and engineering students. The scholarship covers tuition, fees, books and room and board up to $15,000 for two years.

“I’m fueled by investigation, discovery and life-long learning,” said Jones. “I love the thought of being involved in discovery, change and progression.” This summer Jones will conduct research at Texas A&M University in a Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program through the National Science Foundation.

Diving into International Study Broadens Fulbright Scholar’s World

Jeff SeemsJeff Seems (’11) of Highlands Ranch, Colo., graduated in May with a major in communication and a minor in German. He will use his Nebraska Wesleyan degree to teach English in Germany as part of the Fulbright Scholarship program. This is not Seems’ first stint in Germany; he studied there during the 2009-2010 academic year.

“Deciding to study abroad after only two semesters of German classes was the best decision of my life, but also the most challenging,” said Seems. “Studying in a small town where there were no English speakers allowed me to successfully and quickly learn German.”

Forty-one Nebraska Wesleyan University students have been awarded Fulbright Scholarships, with 31 of those awarded in the past decade. The Institute for International Education has consistently recognized NWU as one of the top national producers of Fulbright scholars.