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APSU student wins national scholarship competition to study in Ecuador

Nykkiesha Starr, a senior Spanish major at Austin Peay State University, recently spent four weeks studying in Ecuador 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.

Nykkiesha Starr, a senior Spanish major at Austin Peay State University, recently spent four weeks studying in Ecuador 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, Starr is only the third student in APSU history to receive a Sigma Delta Pi Scholarship.

The scholarship afforded her the opportunity to explore various cities in Ecuador.

“It is an absolutely beautiful country that often goes overlooked, but it truly has a lot to offer,” Starr said.

Starr said she eventually wants to be a Spanish teacher, most likely after exploring the world more and perhaps teaching English in a Spanish-speaking country.

“Once I started traveling, I became addicted, and now I don’t want to stop,” she said.

For more information about Sigma Delta Pi, call Dr. Miguel R. Ruiz, associate professor of Spanish and director of the Hispanic Cultural Center, (931) 221-7855. -- Melony Shemberger