Peters Township grad wins Heinz scholarship

Published Jan 8, 2013 at 12:01 am (Updated Jan 9, 2013 at 11:09 am)

Katie Shultz of Peters Township is one of four 2013 Waynesburg University recipients of scholarships from the Vira I. Heinz Program for Women in Global Leadership. The scholarship will afford the sophomore the opportunity to travel and study overseas through a study abroad program.

Shultz, a human services (education) major and theatre minor, will spend her summer interning at Maori Theater in Wellington, New Zealand, through GlobaLinks Learning Abroad. She will assist with directing, marketing and production and will receive credits through Seattle Central Community College.

Pairing her interest for different cultures with her passion for theater, Shultz knew that New Zealand was the right choice for her.

“The one objective I had coming into the Vira I. Heinz scholarship program was to gain a worldly perspective on different cultures,” said Shultz, a former writer for The Almanac’s youth page. “With this scholarship, I can not only learn about new cultures, but take an active role in advancing my skills in the area of live theatre.”

The 2011 Peters Township graduate is the daughter of Thomas and Patricia Shultz.

Scholarship recipients were required to complete an application, submit academic and personal letters of reference and a proposal for their intended plans. The proposal included a budget for the trip including the cost of airfare, classes, housing and meals, among other items. Applicants were also required to explain how the trip related to their academic areas of study and future plans.

Upon receiving the application and proposals, interviews were held in front of a committee. The students were selected based on their proposal, their leadership on campus, and how well the committee felt they would represent Waynesburg University and the United States abroad.

The Vira I. Heinz Program for Women in Global Leadership prepares women for tomorrow’s global challenges by offering an opportunity for international experiences, leadership development and community service. Universities and colleges across Pennsylvania participate in the program. Typically, three young women from each institution are admitted into the two-year program and receive a scholarship of at least $5,000 to put toward the cost of an international experience of their choosing.

The program has three principal components: the international experience, the Community Engagement Experience and two weekend-long, intensive leadership development retreats. During the spring semester prior to and the fall semester following their international experiences, the awardees meet in Pittsburgh. These trainings provide the awardees with a foundation of skills necessary to maximize cultural learnings while abroad and to engage their leadership skills in their own communities upon their return.

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