The Cooperative Center for Study Abroad Announces Winter 2016-2107 Storyteller Scholarship

CCSA-logo-FINAL-1000CCSA is a nonprofit consortium that develops, plans and coordinates study abroad programs in predominantly English-speaking countries.  WKU became the host institution on August 1, 2014, and provides support and infrastructure for administrative activities essential for the day-do-day operations of CCSA.

The CCSA Storyteller Scholarship is designed to encourage student participation in CCSA programs by offering a means for students to tell their own CCSA stories.  The awardee is expected to provide CCSA quality writing and/or imagery.  The deliverable product must be appropriate for the CCSA web site, although the student may propose multiple formats.  CCSA limits the award to $1000 per student.

CCSA awarded six scholarship for the Winter 2016-2017 programs.

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Lydia Brooks, NKU

Lydia Brooks is in Dr. John Alberti’s “Harry Potter on the Page and on the Screen” on the London Arts & Theatre program.  Brooks is a sophomore Middle Grades Education major at Northern Kentucky University.  She is a Presidential Ambassador and a peer mentor in the English department. Brooks said, “Reading is my favorite thing to do and Harry Potter is the absolute best, so this study abroad opportunity means the world to me.”



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Andrew Henderson, WKU

Andrew Henderson is in Dr. Patti Minter’s “London in the Age of Revolutions” class on the London Winter program.  He is a junior at Western Kentucky University from Olive Hill, Kentucky majoring in Communication Studies with a minor in Citizenship & Social Justice. Henderson began working for The College Heights Herald his freshmen year and currently serves as the Opinion editor.  He’s also an ambassador for the Department of Communication.


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Williams Hodges, UK

William Hodges is in Dr. Jill Frank’s “London and Dublin in Film” class on the London-Dublin program. A senior at the University of Kentucky, Hodges will graduate with a degree in Landscape Architecture.  He told CCSA, “Exploration has always been a motivating factor for my personal growth, and I enjoy learning as much as I can, and even more so, sharing the knowledge I have with others.”  He continues to push his creative ability through as many different avenues as possible, and videography is one he plans to apply to his CCSA experience.



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Meleia Michels, NKU

Meleia Michels is in Prof. Mike Phillips’ “Exploring European Business Models: Invention, Innovation, and Imagination” class on the London Global Business program.  Michels is a sophomore Marketing & Spanish double major at Northern Kentucky University.  She is part of Greek Life, a Presidential Ambassador and a member of the Norse Leadership Society.  She told CCSA, “When I first started my college search process, I knew study abroad was something important to me, and I’m blessed that NKU has partnered with CCSA, which has allowed me to go on the London Global Business trip this Winter.”  She added that she can’t wait for the experiences she is about to have and looks forward to the things she will learn.

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Hannah Sells, WKU

Hannah Sells is in Dr. Marcie Hinton’s “Beyond the Selfie: Exploring London to Communicate Inward and Outward Journeys via Multimedia Storytelling” class on the London Sports & Media program.  Sells came to Western Kentucky University from Lakeland, Florida and majors in Broadcast News with a minor in Cultural Anthropology.  Sells has never traveled out of the U.S. before and is excited to take others on her CCSA Study Abroad adventure as a “Storyteller”.




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Michael Tucker, Morehead State

Michael Tucker is in Barry Greshem’s “Sports Broadcasting in London: The Americans are Coming!” course on the London Sports & Media program.  From Louisville, Kentucky, he is a senior at Morehead State University in the convergent media program.  He works for The Trailblazer, Morehead State’s online newspaper. He is also a huge Arsenal FC fan.

Jerry Barnaby, CCSA executive director, said that the storyteller scholarship is a way to reward students willing to take on more responsibility and share their own perspective of the study abroad experience.  “Study abroad is more than the class in which the student is enrolled since the time enables students to learn about themselves, their peers and the world in a way unlike any other learning opportunity.” He added that the storyteller scholarship encourages students to look at their experience with a critical eye and tell us what they see and learn.

To learn more about CCSA, visit or contact Jerry Barnaby at 270-745-4512.

CCSA is housed in WKU’s Office of Study Away, a unit of the Division of Extended Learning and Outreach.

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