Three Receive Scholarships for Summer Study Abroad

By Purnell T. Cropper | April 9, 2010

The Vira I. Heinz Scholarship for Women in Gobal Leadership was awarded to Arcadia juniors Chantal J. Barr, Emily A. McCabe and Natasha A. Wirth at the Arcadia University Honors Convocation on March 27. The award of $5,000 is for summer study and travel abroad and is awarded to outstanding junior women who have given evidence of interest in international relations and who, in addition to a good scholastic record, possess the qualities of ambassadors of goodwill for the United States. This award is presented by the Heinz Foundation of Pittsburgh to honor former Trustee Vira I. Heinz. 

Barr is an Early Childhood/Elementary Education major who will be working with A Broader View in the Volta Region of Ghana, where she will be volunteering her time in orphanages teaching children various subjects as well as assisting in the daily care of the children.

McCabe is a Sociology major with minors in Spanish and Pre-Law. She will be in Viña del Mar, Chile, working with the organization Experiential Learning International and will have the opportunity to assist with art therapy and creating and planning various activities to motivate and empower abused and at-risk children.

Wirth, of Easton, Pa.,  is a Sociology major with double minors in Spanish and Women’s Studies. She will be in Córdoba, Argentina, working with the organization uVolunteer and in a women’s rights center where she will be assisting in educating the local community about women’s rights and promoting the empowerment of women. “While in Argentina,” she says, “I will be staying with an Argentinian family in Córdoba. I plan to continue on to graduate school in the future, perhaps pursuing a dual degree in law and social policy.”