Six students from Oklahoma’s regional universities have been named Brad Henry International Scholars and will spend the spring 2011 semester participating in an international study and internship program at Swansea University in Wales.
Rachael Brown, University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, Chickasha; Jacob Daniel, Rogers State University, Claremore; Brea Jones, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Durant; Danielle Morgan, Northeastern State University, Tahlequah; Shelby Nelson, University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond; and Chanti White, Northwestern Oklahoma State University, Alva, were chosen by their institutions for the international study program, which was established by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education in June 2008.
The State Regents provide a $10,000 stipend for students selected to participate in semester-long study or research programs affiliated with Swansea University. Academic credit for these programs will be awarded by Oklahoma regional universities.
“These students are an exceptional group of young Oklahomans who have distinguished themselves both academically and by their dedication to service,” Chancellor Glen D. Johnson said. “This is an amazing opportunity for our students to learn firsthand about different cultures and experience what higher education has to offer on a global scale. As Brad Henry International Scholars, we know they will represent their state and their universities well during their studies abroad.”
Brown is a pursuing a bachelor’s in communication from USAO. Upon graduation, she hopes to have a job that will enable her to travel where she can see new places and experience different cultures and languages. Since 2009, she has served as the editor-in-chief of the USAO newspaper, where she was also a member of the staff from 2008-09. Brown is on the National Honor Roll. She also spends her time volunteering at the Chickasha Animal Shelter.
Daniel is a junior studying political science with a minor in history at RSU. After graduation, he plans to attend law school and one day run for public office. Daniel has attended the George and Donna Nigh Leadership Academy, participated in the Oklahoma Intercollegiate Legislature and serves on the RSU Student Government Association. He was a sophomore class officer in the RSU Honors Program and received the school’s Honors Program Freshman of the Year Award in 2009-10. Daniel is also on the President’s Honor Roll.
Jones is working toward her bachelor’s in secondary math education at Southeastern. After graduation, she plans on becoming a middle school or high school math teacher. Jones feels that studying abroad will increase her ability to teach international students. She is active in Southeastern’s Honors Program, Math Club, Chorvettes Stageworks Company Advanced Show Choir and the Baptist Collegiate Ministries leadership team. She also was on the 2009-10 President’s Honor Roll. In 2010 Jones was named one of Southeastern’s Top 10 Freshmen and a homecoming candidate.
Morgan is a junior studying English education with a minor in history at NSU. As a prospective teacher, Morgan hopes to do more than just teach facts and figures; she wants to motivate and inspire her students. In 2009, she spent six weeks teaching English in China. Upon her return, Morgan developed a paper and presentation comparing Asian and American schools. She was named runner-up Outstanding Scholar for the College of Education and won the Students’ Choice award for best poster during NSU’s Undergraduate Research Day in 2010.
Nelson is a senior studying organizational communication with a minor in business administration at UCO. In the future, she hopes to develop, own and operate her own business. Nelson is a member of UCO’s President’s Leadership Council, where she received the Outstanding Junior Award in 2010. She is also a member of the university’s Volunteer Activities Council and Alpha Gamma Delta. She represented UCO during the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce’s Greater Grads Career Fair and participated in UCO’s Leadership Summit.
White is majoring in social work with a minor in substance abuse at NWOSU. After graduation, she plans to attend the University of Oklahoma to pursue a master’s in social work. White hopes to become a licensed clinical social worker serving American Indian children in foster care or with families trying to stay together. She is a member of NWOSU’s Social Workers Association of Tomorrow. White was a 2009 Dean’s Honor Student.