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St. Andrew's Society of SWFL, Inc. Awards Scholarship for Scotland Study to FGCU Student
4/29/2011

FOR MYERS, FL - St. Andrew's Society of SWFL, Inc., Naples, recently awarded a $5,000 scholarship to Florida Gulf Coast University sophomore Marissa Lockerby of Lake Placid, Fla., to pursue her studies later this year at the University of Stirling, in Scotland. The scholarship application and selection process is coordinated by FGCU International Services.

The St. Andrew's Society of SWFL established the scholarship to expose a young person to life in Scotland and to learn about its history and culture. They have partnered with the FGCU International Services office to make this opportunity available for a highly-qualified student to study in Scotland.

Lockerby is an elementary education major at FGCU. "I am thankful for your generosity, and I am honored that you have trusted me to represent the St. Andrew's Society," said Lockerby in a written thank you letter to the Society. Her future goal is to be an elementary education teacher. William Paterson, the St. Andrew's Society scholarship committee chair said they canít imagine a better ambassador to children than Lockerby. "We feel that our Society has made a meaningful impact on our community through these scholarship awards. This is the third such award since the scholarship program began a few short years ago."

Lockerby had expressed interest in Scotland, in part because she hoped to learn more about her family's heritage. Members of the St. Andrew's Society, through tracing genealogy of the similar family name of "Lockerbie," discovered family ties going back several centuries and identifying a distant cousin who will be in Stirling during Lockerby's studies.

Elaine Hozdik, director of FGCU International Services said, "The generosity of the St. Andrew's Society has been significant in making several study experiences in Scotland financially possible for students, and also providing them with an enriching immersion into the culture, history, customs and contemporary experiences of the Scottish people."

"We encourage our students to incorporate academic programs abroad as an educational component of completing their degrees at FGCU. This expands their professional knowledge and world views. It opens up global relationships, strengthens their career options, and will make them better students and better citizens."

For more information, media representatives should contact Hozdik at (239) 590-7925.

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