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Volume 72, Issue 124, Friday, April 6, 2007

News

FEET offers Euro trip

Travel scholarship pays for two Honors College students to see Europe

by KHYATI PATEL
The Daily Cougar

From the peaks of Switzerland to the romance of Rome, the Faber-Economon European Travel Scholarship has been giving Honors College students the chance to see the sights in Europe since 2006.

Hanneke Faber and Aris Economon, who graduated from The Honors College in 1990 and 1989, respectively, created the scholarship for students who have never had the chance to travel to Europe or were not able to because of financial constraints, Honors College Assistant Dean Jodie Koszegi said.

"What a better time to travel than when you are in college? The scholarship really helps out students who don't get to travel often and want to explore Europe," she said. "It really gives an opportunity for the students to discover something outside the classroom."

This year's recipients are mechanical engineering junior Michael Fernandez and electrical engineering junior Leif Bagge.

The scholarship will provide the students with a one-week stay at the Economon home in Geneva and two weeks in Paris and Rome, with the donors footing the bill for the students' airfare, Eurail passes and a $500 stipend. The students must cover their own room and board for the second two weeks of the trip.

The scholarship works as a study abroad program, though the students do not receive college credit, Koszegi said.

Fernandez said he's looking forward to the experience.

"I have always wanted to go to Europe and am looking for a memorable time with my friend," he said. "Most of the money from my stipend will probably be used for places to stay in, food and, if I'm lucky, then on souvenirs. It's really hard for students to find time and money at the same time for an adventure."

Participants have a general itinerary set for them, though where they stay and the locales they visit are up to the students, Koszegi said.

"Once you start sitting down to plan something like that, you realize that 24 hours isn't enough in one day," he said.

Although setting out on a trek through foreign countries can be daunting, political science and English senior Jenny Brzowski, a former F.E.E.T. scholarship winner, said that during her tour the Economons helped her and fellow recipient music performance junior Meghan Hendley navigate the ins and outs of European travel. 

"I never really would have known what to do on my own if the Economons weren't there to guide us," said Brzowski. "The Economons really helped us out."

Koszegi said the idea for the program began several years ago, though it was only last year the trip finally came together.

"It's something that I definitely see continuing into the future," she said.

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