Millsaps senior biochemistry major Anne Waldrop has been awarded the Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship to study French at the Sorbonne in Paris, France during the 2012-13 academic year.
"I love to travel, and I have always had an affinity for France, so I am most excited about the full experience of living and studying abroad for an extended period of time," Waldrop said. "It has always been a dream of mine to live in France."
It will be her second time to study and live in France. In 2009, Waldrop lived with a family in Nice while taking classes through the Millsaps study abroad program. A native of Paducah, Kentucky, Waldrop is a biochemistry major and hopes to attend medical school in the future.
While at Millsaps, Waldrop has also studied in Vietnam and Cambodia with Dr. Bob McElvaine's anthropology course and will take a conservational biology class with Dr. Markus Tellkamp's class in January in Yucatán, Mexcio. She's also travelled to the Bahamas for service work with the Campus Ministry Team and spent last December backpacking through Northern and Southern India.
"Learning through traveling has been a constant theme in my life and college career. I hope to one day use my love of cultures and traveling as well as French speaking abilities to be a doctor working both domestically and abroad," Waldrop said.
To prepare for her year abroad, Waldrop is taking a directed study of French Conversation with Claudine Chadeyras, assistant professor of French.
"I'm looking forward to taking a year break from studying sciences to study language and become immersed in another culture," Waldrop said.
She is the daughter of Nancy and Gregory Waldrop.
The Rotary Foundation's oldest and best-known program, Ambassadorial Scholarships, was founded in 1947. Since its establishment, more than 40,000 men and women from approximately 100 countries have studied abroad under its sponsorship. Today it is one of the world's largest privately funded international scholarships programs. Nearly 700 scholarships were awarded for study in 2009−10. Since the program was created, more than 16.2 million has been given out to hopeful scholars.