2019 David Hershberg Scholarship Awardees

Each year the World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana administers the David Hershberg Scholarship for Summer Study Abroad. This annual scholarship awards recipients funds of at least $1,500 to be used to help defray the costs of international travel, lodging, and maintenance for a period of at least 21 days of study or research outside the United States. We are pleased to announce this year’s two scholarship recipients.  

Gzeonie Hampton

Gzeonie is an English and Political Science Major studying at the University of Louisville. She will travel to Oman this summer to study Arabic. Gzenoie is a recipient of the Critical Language Scholarship Program. The CLS Program is part of a U.S. government effort to dramatically expand the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages. The CLS Program will deepen her knowledge of Arabic through cultural and language immersion.

Marie Johnston

Marie is a Spanish and Psychology Major studying at Indiana University Southeast. She will travel to Peru this summer to continue her research on the correlations of mindful eating, pro-environmental attitudes, and mental well-being. In addition to research, she will be volunteering at a home for abandoned girls and backpacking with Operation Groundswell – a program that combines community service and education to achieve ethical and responsible volunteering.

Last Year’s Recipients

Every one of our Hershberg Scholarship recipients has since gone on to do great work in their fields. In recognition of this, each year we have the most recent winners return to give brief presentations on the projects the scholarship helped them fund. 2018’s recipients were LaShondra Hood, Katherine Speece, and Darby Brown.

LaShondra Hood is currently enrolled in the University of Louisville’s Masters of Fine Arts, Theatrical Arts program. Last summer she traveled to Brazil to study the dissemination of African dance forms through the African diaspora, focusing particularly on how dance has served as a vehicle for storytelling and communication.

Katherine Speece is enrolled at the University of Kentucky, where she studies Foreign Language and International Economics. Last summer she worked as a public affairs intern for the U.S. Consulate in Shenyang, China, helping to bridge the gap between Chinese and American culture.

Darby Brown is a graduate of the University of Kentucky; she was dual enrolled in an MBA program and obtaining a B.S. in Chemical Engineering. Over the summer she traveled to Pamplona, Spain, a region rich in solar and wind energy, to study the technological and economic basis of renewable energy in Europe.