International Spotlight

2013-14 Earl and Janice Kellogg International Award recipient

4/8/2014  8:00 am

A Global Studies major is the 2013-14 recipient of the Earl and Janice Kellogg International Award, a scholarship that aims to increase the number of students with global competencies and in-depth understanding of other countries and cultures.

Rachel Bowlus is currently studying abroad in Morocco for the Spring 2014 semester. Rachel is the Vice President of Outgoing Exchange for AIESEC Illinois (Association Internationale des Etudiants en Sciences Economiques et Commerciales) as well as the Alumni Relations Chair for the Global Studies Leaders.

Having studied French for six years, she knew she wanted to utilize her language skills while studying abroad, but there was one condition to her experience. 

“I knew from day one of college that I wanted to study abroad,” she said. “My one caveat … was that I [did not want to] study in Europe.”

After researching French-speaking countries, Rachel had her mind set on traveling to Morocco and began learning Arabic in preparation. Although she originally hoped to learn just the basics of the language, Rachel eventually switched her language of focus to Arabic and even stayed in Champaign-Urbana for a summer to participate in the Summer Institute for Languages of the Muslim World. 

“After just a year with the Arabic language, I entered my junior year of college in an advanced Arabic class,” Rachel said. “I also chose to continue my immersion into the Arab culture through a Religious Studies course entitled Rethinking Muslim Ethics in A Global Age.”

The Kellogg Award honors Earl Kellogg, former Associate Provost for International Affairs, and his wife, Jan. The award hopes to advance students’ global understanding through studying abroad and holding internships in the developing world, specifically in countries in Africa, Latin America, and Asia that historically have been underrepresented in study abroad.