(Tahlequah, Okla.)--Jamie Thomas has been selected as the recipient of the Brad Henry International Scholarship at Northeastern State University.
Thomas, a corporate communication major, will receive an $11,500 stipend from the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education to study at Swansea University in Wales, United Kingdom. She will spend the fall 2012 term abroad and her course credits at Swansea will apply toward her degree at NSU.
“In applying for the scholarship, of course I was hopeful, but I was very surprised when I was selected,” the Eufaula senior said. “I don’t have a lot of experience traveling. The farthest I’ve traveled from home is Pennsylvania. And I’ve been to Galveston, Texas, so I’ve seen the ocean.”
In 2008, Gov. Brad Henry established the Henry scholarship as an opportunity for students at regional Oklahoma universities to study abroad. A student at each regional institution is chosen to spend a semester in Wales.
Thomas knows some of the previous NSU Henry scholars and followed their journeys abroad online, which influenced her decision to apply. She looks forward to her own experiences at Swansea University.
“I’ve done some research,” she said. “The campus is gorgeous and sits on the coast of Bristol Bay. Swansea is bigger than NSU, but not by much. It’s in a beautiful city.”
The application process began with the Office of International Programs at NSU announcing the scholarship program campus-wide. Interested students submitted an application including a transcript, personal statement, resume and two letters of recommendation.
A panel of faculty and staff reviewed the applications and interviewed the top candidates. The panel ranked those interviewed and sent its nomination to NSU President Steve Turner. He selected a nominee and an alternate to send to the Board of Regents for the Regional Universities of the State of Oklahoma. The board made the final selection.
“It was my honor to nominate Jamie Thomas to receive the Brad Henry International Scholarship,” Turner said. “I am confident in Jamie’s ability to continue the legacy of excellence established by those great NSU students who also completed the study abroad program in Wales. This experience is a continuation of her personal and professional development.”
Dr. Richard Carhart, executive director of international studies, said recommending a nominee for the Henry scholarship wasn’t an easy task for the committee.
“In four years this was probably the toughest decision we’ve ever had to make when selecting a nominee,” Carhart said. "The applicant pool was larger than in the past and all were so highly qualified. It is really a testament to Thomas and her expertise that she was chosen. She will be an excellent ambassador for the State of Oklahoma and NSU."
Thomas expressed her appreciation to Carhart, Turner, the panel and the RUSO regents.
“I hope this broadens me culturally,” she said. “Through this scholarship I can see the world from a different perspective and I hope it will open doors for me in the future.”
For more information about NSU’s Office of International Programs call 918-444-2050.
Published: 4/19/2012 8:05:54 AM