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Two students awarded first $1,000 international scholarships

May 4, 2012
KOKOMO, Ind. — Mary Olk was determined to make international travel part of her Indiana University Kokomo education. She just wasn't sure how she would pay for it.

Selzer Student Scholarships for International StudySelzer Student Scholarships for International Study. See Flickr slideshow.

On Friday (May 4), Olk and Justin Clark each received $1,000 from the first-ever Selzer Student Scholarships for International Study, which both will use on the IU Kokomo Innovation Symposium trip to England this summer. It will be the first overseas experience for both students, who are juniors.

Erwin Boschmann, interim dean of the School of Business, established the scholarship with his wife, Priscilla, and named the scholarship for her parents, Truman and Lahla Selzer. When presenting the scholarships, he encouraged the recipients to be lifelong learners and to help someone else in the future.

"It's not just about money. There are many opportunities to help someone even if you don't have a lot of money," he said.

Olk, a Kokomo resident majoring in communications, is excited to have new experiences.

"This is an opportunity to learn new things and to open up my world view a little bit, and to experience another culture," she said.

Clark, a history and political science major from Peru, was honored to be one of the first recipients.

"I feel extremely privileged to have this opportunity. I'm looking forward to this experience," Clark said.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

Last updated: 08/19/2014