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FMU's Zahnd receives prestigious scholarship

    FLORENCE, S.C. – Elizabeth Zahnd, assistant professor of French and Spanish at Francis Marion University, is this year’s recipient of the Estudio Internacional Sampere-Ulloa Scholarship.

    Each year, the Instituto Estudio Internacional Sampere of Madrid and Leonor Alvarez Ulloa of Radford University grant one or two scholarships to be used for a four-week course of study at any of the Estudio Sampere language schools in Spain. The scholarship is given to a teacher or professor of Spanish and registrant at the Mountain Interstate Foreign Language Conference, which was held Oct. 9-11 in Charleston.

    Candidates must complete an application form including a written essay and recommendations from colleagues in their field of study. The award covers the cost of tuition for the program selected, lodging, activities associated with the program, and medical insurance.

    “This is a great honor and I’m looking forward to studying at the Sampere institute,” said Zahnd, “I hope that my time in Spain will have a positive impact on my teaching here at Francis Marion.”

    Estudio Internacional Sampere (EIS) is a pioneer institution in the teaching of foreign languages in Spain. Founded in 1956, it is a family enterprise with a staff of more 40 people, including teachers, administration and management personnel. The EIS schools, which are located in Madrid, Salamanca, Alicante, and El Puerto, emphasize individualized attention in a small-group setting. 

    Leonor Alvarez de Ulloa, founder of the scholarship, is a Dalton Distinguished Professor at Radford University in Radford, Va. A professor of Spanish, she is a devoted advocate of study-abroad programs and for many years has cooperated with Estudio Sampere to make exciting opportunities available to her students. Beyond the classroom, she is a publishing scholar and is active in many professional organizations, including the Mountain Interstate Foreign Language Conference.

    Zahnd earned the B.A. degree in French and foreign service from Baylor University, the M.A. degree in French from Middlebury College, and the Ph.D. degree in French from the University of Illinois.

#48 / 10-13-03

Last Published: February 14, 2006 4:13 AM
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