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Vol 39  No 8
Jan. 11, 2007


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New bursary helps rural students experience Harlow
by Meaghan Whelan

One student’s semester in Harlow is easier on her bank account thanks to the generosity of the Rothermere Foundation. Susan Hall, a fourth year bachelor of commerce student from Gander, is the first recipient of the Rothermere Harlow Travel Bursary. Valued at approximately $5,000, this award provides financial support for students from Central Newfoundland who are spending a semester in Harlow.

“When I heard that I had won this bursary I was so excited and grateful,” Ms. Hall explained. “I am so excited to travel to Harlow and experience living abroad, and this bursary will help me experience Europe as I’ve always wanted to.”

Ms. Hall will be in Europe for four months, and aside from the academic semester, she is looking forward to spending time exploring Europe.

“I’m really interested in studying international business, learning more about another culture and exploring new places.”

Students studying business at Harlow learn more about business practices in other cultures and also take field trips to see European business practices first hand, she said.

“I am looking forward to learning more about how the business world in Europe is similar to and different from the North American model we’re used to.”

The Rothermere Harlow Travel Bursary was established to help students from rural areas of the province to take advantage of the Memorial experience abroad. The creation of the award was announced in 2005 by Jonathan Harmsworth, 4th Viscount Rothermere, and his cousin, Maj. Vyvyan Harmsworth. Lord Rothermere is the great-grandson of Harold Harmsworth who, along with his brother Alfred, founded the Anglo-Newfoundland Development Company, which built the pulp and paper mill in Grand Falls-Windsor.

“Historically, the Rothermere Foundation has been a significant partner in supporting the ongoing education and development of Memorial’s deserving students,” said Dr. Lilly Walker, dean of Student Affairs and Services at Memorial. “In establishing these Rothermere Harlow Travel Bursaries, they are further investing in the educational experiences of students from this province.

“Students tell us that studying at Harlow is a life-transforming experience, which is in keeping with Memorial’s efforts to offer innovative and unique programming that allows our students to become their best and realize their true potential. With the establishment of these travel bursaries, greater numbers of students from the rural areas of our province will be able to participate in the educational adventures that Harlow provides.”

While Ms. Hall is looking forward to the educational adventures Dr. Walker mentions, she noted, she’s also interested in living and learning in England. “The great thing about the Harlow semester is that you get the opportunity to live and learn in a new place, but you also have the comfort of home. I like the fact that I’m still on a Memorial campus and a part of Memorial while in England.”

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