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Shepherd faculty members establish endowed scholarship for study abroad students

ISSUED: 8 October 2010
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens
(Shepherd faculty members establish endowed scholarship for study abroad students)

Shepherdstown, WV--The Shepherd University Foundation has announced the creation of the Anders H. and Ann Witherspoon Henriksson Study Abroad Endowed Scholarship. Funded by Shepherd faculty members Anders and Ann Henriksson, the scholarship will assist deserving students who wish to participate in the study abroad program when financial barriers might otherwise prevent them from doing so.

The Henrikssons know that study abroad allows Shepherd students to participate firsthand in our global world and can be an essential component to a student's higher education experience. Ann Henriksson serves as study abroad director as well as coordinator for reference and government documents for the Shepherd Scarborough Library. Dr. Anders Henriksson is chair of the Department of History and co-chair of the Women's Studies Program, teaches Russian and European history and has also co-led study abroad trips to Europe in conjunction with Shepherd's World War I history course.

"Studying abroad not only enriches students' educational and cultural understanding, it also teaches them to be self-sufficient and can offer valuable career direction," said Ann Henriksson.

Because they funded their gift with a bequest in their will, the Henrikssons also joined the more than 100 members of the Joseph P. McMurran Society who have let Shepherd know they wish to provide for the future of the University with a planned gift. Besides offering substantial tax benefits, bequests to fund named endowments financially benefit future generations of Shepherd students. "The need for this scholarship will continue to rise and, with a bequest, we hope to encourage future students to take advantage of study abroad opportunities," said Dr. Henriksson.

To learn more about planned giving or to create your own endowed fund, contact Monica Lingenfelter with the Shepherd University Foundation, P.O. Box 5000, Shepherdstown, WV 25443, 304-876-5397 or mlingenf@shepherd.edu.

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