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2009 Vira I. Heinz Scholarship Awardees

Brianne M. Berkebile

"Leadership is a trait that every student wishes to express.  By studying abroad, I will be able to show potential employers my willingness to learn about different cultures and be able to interact with others on different levels.  Through the scholarship I hope to be able to become more involved in my community and to hopefully influence young people about the positive aspects of international study." 

Brianne M. Berkebile
Business Major
Studying in Rome, Italy

Heather E. Little

"I plan to study Spanish and environmental impact and social development issues in Costa Rica.  While there I hope to become more fluent in Spanish and look forward to interacting with my host family and students at Veritas University.  My future plan is to establish a career in Public Relations and I believe that this scholarship experience will help me to reach my goal." 

Heather E. Little  
Communication Major
Studying in San Jose, Costa Rica

Lisa M. Olshefski

"I grew up surrounded by Polish, Italian and French cultures and I have always wanted to travel to Paris.  I will study European Business in my program this summer which will expand my knowledge of international business.  Through this scholarship I have been given the opportunity to become a woman of global leadership and to aspire and encourage other young women to become leaders, too."

Lisa M. Olshefski
Management Major
Studying in Paris, France