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Augustana Junior Receives Scholarship to Study in Austria

SIOUX FALLS – Augustana College junior Ryan Lee from Cannon Falls, Minn., is the recipient of a Gilman Study Abroad Scholarship.

Through the American Institute for Foreign Study, he will spend the spring semester in Salzburg, Austria.

“I will be attending the University of Salzburg, where I will be taking both English and German classes for the semester,” Lee said. When not in class, he plans to tour the countryside.

The Gilman Study Abroad Scholarship program seeks to promote diversity in study abroad in terms of ethnicity, background, socioeconomic status, major, gender, study abroad destination, and more. Lee was on a waiting list and not sure if he would receive an award.

“Call it a Christmas miracle,” he said. “I must say it brought a lot of relief to me and my family. With the award I will be much more able to enjoy the trip and focus more on my studies and the local culture.”

Lee is majoring in biology and government/international affairs.

“My double major has always been an interesting combination to family and friends,” he said. “I would like to find some way of combining the two and still have several ideas. With a touch of German to shake things up my choices are still fairly open and that is something that really appeals to me.”

Lee will spend the J-term with family in Germany and will begin classes in Salzburg on February 7. He plans to be back in the U.S. in June.

“Ryan is a thoughtful and diligent student who will make the most of his experience in Austria,” says Ben Iverson, Associate Director of International Programs at Augustana. “He is particularly interested in the intersection of science and government policy. It will be interesting for him to compare and contrast the Austrian and European models with the American approach.”

Lee is the second Augustana student to receive a Gilman Scholarship for the spring semester. Lauren Stephens, a sophomore nursing major from St. Onge, S.D., will be studying health care practices in South Africa.

“We are fortunate that two of our spring semester study abroad students have now received this prestigious award,” Iverson said.