ORONO — Two University of Maine Honors College students have been selected to each receive a $1,000 Charles V. Stanhope ’71 Study Abroad Fellowship to support them as they study abroad this academic year.
Amy Marie Michaud, a third-year biology major from Presque Isle, is studying abroad in England at the University of East Anglia. She is spending the entire year in England, taking courses in genetics, plant biology, field ecology, biology, and language and gender. Amy plans to pursue a career in biological research, which is an international field, and this study abroad experience will enable her to not only advance in her field, but also to expand her cultural horizons.
Jackson Witherill, a third-year international affairs and political science major from Readfield, is spending his study abroad experience in Belgium, focusing his course work on advanced French, the European Union, and understanding contemporary conflict. Jackson’s ultimate goal is to become a Foreign Service Officer for the State Department, and he plans to take advantage of the opportunity to intern with an organization located in Brussels, such as NATO, the UN, or an international law firm.
The Charles V. Stanhope ’71 Study Abroad Fellowship is intended to encourage students to study abroad as a means to expand their horizons through the exposure to and understanding of different cultures. Charles Stanhope is a graduate of UMaine and the Honors College who recently retired to Maine after a long and distinguished career at the United States Library of Congress in Washington, DC. Charles remains active with the Honors College and established this endowed fellowship in 2007 to acknowledge both his connection to the Honors College and to the impact that international experiences played in his education and career.