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Salem Senior Receives Rotary Foundation Scholarship to Study Abroad

Salem senior Lark Walters has received a Rotary Foundation Cultural Ambassadorial Scholarship to attend the Goethe Institute at Munich for three months. Walters, a native of Oregon and longtime Winston-Salem resident, is majoring in German and International Relations with a minor in music and political science, and will graduate from...

Salem senior Lark Walters has received a Rotary Foundation Cultural Ambassadorial Scholarship to attend the Goethe Institute at Munich for three months.

Walters, a native of Oregon and longtime Winston-Salem resident, is majoring in German and International Relations with a minor in music and political science, and will graduate from Salem College this spring. She learned about the Rotary Foundation's cultural ambassadorship programs during her Jan Term study last year, when she attended a foreign policy and leadership seminar at the Osgood Center in Washington, D.C. Her German professor, Norgard Klages, and Robin Smith, dean of undergraduate studies, helped her in the application process. 

Walters, who has studied German since 10th grade, initially chose to study the language for the purpose of musicology; now she studies it hoping to use it in a future career in foreign relations.

Walters was chosen for the award after an application process that included passing local as well as district Rotary Club interviews. At the district level, she was one of 11 applicants who interviewed, and one of only three to receive the award, which provides $11,000 for travel costs, tuition, room and board and incidental living costs. 

While she will be spending most of her time in Munich in intensive language classes, the terms of Walters’ scholarship require that she give several presentations to the Rotary Clubs of Munich and that she completes a local community service project.

Walters hopes to fulfill her scholarship in spring 2010. Between graduating from Salem in May and studying in Germany, she would like to return to South America — the scene of a past trip — to volunteer with Communidad Inti Wara Yassi, a wildlife rescue and rehabilitation center specializing in primates and big cats. She also hopes to go to India later this year to volunteer for an NGO (non-governmental organization) specializing in street children and women's issues. Eventually she hopes to be accepted in graduate school to earn her master’s degree in international development.