Valorie Vernon, a senior at Rogers State University, was one of six students from Oklahoma’s regional universities to be designated a Brad Henry International Scholar. She will spend the fall semester participating in an international study abroad program at Swansea University in Wales.
Vernon is studying liberal arts with an emphasis in English at RSU. She plans to earn her master’s and doctorate degrees in English with the goal of working in higher education. She also is the recipient of the RSU Honors and RSU President’s Leadership Class scholarships.
The Brad Henry International Scholars were chosen by their institutions for the international study program that was established by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education in June 2008. The State Regents provide a $10,000 stipend for students selected to participate in semester-long study or research programs affiliated with Swansea University. Academic credit for these programs will be awarded by Oklahoma regional universities.
“These students possess the academic talent, dedication to service and the leadership skills that make them highly qualified for this program.” Chancellor Glen D. Johnson said in a statement. “Through this program, they will learn the importance of succeeding in a global economy. We will look forward to these students returning home and sharing with their campuses what they have learned.”