Colin Winkie, a West Virginia Wesleyan senior biochemistry major from Bridgeport, has been awarded the $1,000 James G. Stemler Study Abroad Scholarship.
The scholarships are awarded to members of Alpha Lambda Delta who are pursuing a for-credit study abroad program during the upcoming academic year. Winkie plans to use this scholarship to study at the Semester at Sea program, which is provided through the University of Virginia. He will be traveling to Norway, Sweden, Finland, Russia, Poland and other countries on a boat that doubles as a school.
"To be considered as one of the 20 recipients in the nation for this award is a feeling like no other," Winkie said. "I did not have high expectations of receiving it. It was a great start to the summer and increased anticipation to travel the world and experience new cultures."
The award is named in honor of Stemler, who served the National Council of ALD for more than 14 years. In addition to his dedicated service on the Council, Stemler was an active chapter advisor at the University of Portland and has been a local proponent and promoter of international study.
Alpha Lambda Delta recognizes the world is no longer a collection of independent peoples and that today's society is made up of a global community of world citizens. There is an immediate need for American students to experience life beyond our borders, and studies abroad are one of the ways in which our colleges and universities are accomplishing that goal.