New scholarship to send student to Paris for summer

Wayland Baptist University has received a donation that will enable a journalism or art student to travel to Paris, France.

The Paris American Academy Scholarship was established by a donation from Fran Redinger of Ruidoso, formerly of Plainview, that covers half of the tuition and room for the Academy's 4-week seminar held in July. The Academy donated the remaining half of the tuition.

The scholarship will be awarded to a junior-level student majoring in art or journalism with a grade point average of at least 3.0. An essay application process will be used to narrow the candidates, with faculty from the Division of Fine Arts serving on the selection committee.

The seminar deals with fine arts, interior design, French language and civilization and fashion. A workshop on creative writing, initiated in 1985 by Plainviewan Bettye Givens, will also be featured, offering students the chance to participate in readings, critiques and exercises to fine-tune their writing skills.

According to Martha Cross, Director of Development at Wayland, the scholarship will provide a great avenue for cultural enrichment as well as learning.

"The students are exposed to the French language and lifestyle, and teachers come from all over the world to teach," she said. "There will also be sightseeing opportunities, like a trip to Versailles, so this is great exposure for our students."

The selected student will be responsible for travel and meal expenses for the trip, though Cross said a Plainview area group called Friends of the Academy have offered to help raise those funds. The scholarship will be awarded annually.

For more information, contact Cross at 291-3427.