Six Students Spin Wheel for Study-Abroad Scholarships

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It truly was the “wheel of fortune” for six lucky Eastern Kentucky University students on Wednesday, Jan. 28.

From a group of 325 eligible students, most of whom had gathered in Brock Auditorium anxiously awaiting the call of their names, six were selected for the experience of a lifetime: a Summer 2015 study-abroad experience, with complete program costs and airfare covered by the University. A spin of the wheel determined one of six possible education abroad providers, and each student could then choose from two destinations.

Like most EKU students, Alexis Ramsdell, a freshman art major from Richmond, has never been out of the U.S. This summer, she’s heading to the Central America country of Belize under the auspices of the Cooperative of Undergraduate Programs Abroad (COUPA). She chose Belize over Dublin, Ireland.

“It’s an opportunity to go somewhere I never thought I would get to go,” Ramsdell said. “It’s going to be awesome.”

This marked the second consecutive year EKU has invited students to spin a wheel for the chance to win study-abroad experiences. The number of applicants doubled this year, as did the number of scholarships awarded.

Other recipients were:

·         Mikayla Wilk, freshman ASL-English interpretation major from Woodstock, Conn., who’s headed to London, England.

·         Colin Compton, junior broadcasting major from Belfry, who’s headed to Japan.

·         Marissa Cupp, junior Spanish and occupational science major from Lexington, who’s headed to Spain.

·         Stephen Thomas, sophomore technology major from Booneville, who’s headed to London, England.

·         Amber Broughton, senior social work major from Corbin, who’s headed to England. (Broughton, who attends EKU’s Corbin campus, was not present, so EKU’s Colonel mascot took her place spinning the wheel.)

EKU President Michael Benson and Provost Janna Vice, among other University officials, were on hand to assist with the ceremonies and congratulate the winners.

Other education abroad providers at EKU are Cooperative Center for Study Abroad (CCSA), Center for International Studies (CIS), Knowledge Exchange Initiative (KEI), Kentucky Institute for International Studies (KIIS) and Sol Education Abroad.

Winning students are still responsible for their own meal costs, personal expenses, and passport fees.

For more information about study abroad opportunities at EKU, visit

Published on January 29, 2015

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