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Two UK Students Awarded Prestigious Heidelberg Scholarship

Monday, July 15, 2013

Two University of Kentucky students were awarded the Heidelberg Scholarship to support their Education Abroad experiences at the University of Heidelberg, Germany during the 2013-2014 academic year.

Juniors Parker Britton and Jessica Ankenman will spend a year studying linguistics and German language as part of the Heidelberg Exchange Program. Established in 1986, the Heidelberg Exchange Program is UK’s oldest exchange program. The Heidelberg Scholarship is awarded annually to two students participating in the program and covers one year’s tuition at the University of Heidelberg.

Britton, a linguistics and German double major, is looking forward to returning to Germany after spending last summer in Munich through an intensive German language program. After returning to UK, his professors encouraged him to apply for the prestigious Heidelberg Scholarship.

“The University of Heidelberg offers a lot of linguistics courses that aren’t offered at UK,” Britton said. “It will give me a chance to look into some different opportunities that I might want to pursue after college.”

Ankenman, who has traveled to Germany three times, one of which through Education Abroad, is excited to visit Heidelberg for the first time. Ankeman’s interest in German culture started after studying German language in high school and hearing stories from her grandfather, who is from Germany. Her high school German teacher participated in the Heidelberg Exchange Program during his time at UK and Ankenman looks forward to following in his footsteps.

“I’m excited to learn about the German college system, as it’s set up so much differently than what we have here,” Ankeman said. “It’ll be interesting to experience what a lot of my German college friends are always talking about.”

Students interested in the Heidelberg Exchange Program should meet with an Education Abroad advisor or visit the EA website for more information.