Go back

Student wins national scholarship competition to study Spanish abroad

Elise Prentice, a double major in Spanish and biology, says her love for Spanish stems from her heritage. Her grandfather was fluent in the language.
Her passion is in translating English to Spanish and vice versa. Though undecided on a career, she hopes she can use both majors as a medical translator or missionary.

Over the summer, Prentice had the opportunity to study Spanish abroad as a result of winning the Sigma Delta Pi Scholarship.
Elise Prentice, a double major in Spanish and biology, says her love for Spanish stems from her heritage. Her grandfather was fluent in the language.
Her passion is in translating English to Spanish and vice versa. Though undecided on a career, she hopes she can use both majors as a medical translator or missionary.

Over the summer, Prentice had the opportunity to study Spanish abroad as a result of winning the Sigma Delta Pi Scholarship.

Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, conducts a national competition that requires students to submit an application, send in their transcripts, write an essay and provide letters of recommendation from their instructors. Recipients of the scholarship have the opportunity to study Spanish abroad at one of the five Estudio Sampere Spanish Schools in Spain and Ecuador.

Only a few participants are selected. In fact, Prentice is only the second student in APSU history to receive a Sigma Delta Pi Scholarship.

Not only did Prentice win an award, she received the Chandler's Award reserved for students with the highest-ranking application.

The scholarship afforded her the opportunity to explore various cities in Spain including Madrid, Salamanca, Alicante and El Puerto de Santa Maria.

For more information, contact Associate Professor Miguel R. Ruiz, director of the Hispanic Cultural Center, (931) 221-7855. -- Barry A. Williams