King's College, London Commends IUP Cook Honors College Student

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IUP Cook Honors College history major is recognized as a distinguished scholar from abroad and awarded £2,500 from King's College, London, England.

I am honored and very excited to be receiving the King's Excellence Award for Study Abroad Students. King's College London is an institution that routinely draws some of the brightest students from around the world to its International Study Program. Having studied alongside these students I am humbled to be recognized for academic achievement

A Cook Honors College student at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) was one of only five US students honored in London as a distinguished student studying from abroad, announced King's College London on January 28, 2009. Full story.

Cook Honors College junior, Laura Heiman a history major from Beaver Falls, PA received the award and a check for £2,500 from the Principal of King's College at a January ceremony. Other student award recipients were from the University of Pennsylvania, Wellesley and George Washington University; Heiman is the only student chosen from a public university.

"I am honored and very excited to be receiving the King's Excellence Award for Study Abroad Students. King's College London is an institution that routinely draws some of the brightest students from around the world to its International Study Program. Having studied alongside these students I am humbled to be recognized for academic achievement," said Laura Heiman.

"One of the things that struck me about Laura was that she didn't know how bright she was. I assumed that she was going to be spending her summer at the Cambridge Summer School where we attempt to send the truly gifted freshmen. I said something to her that implied that assumption. She replied that she didn't think she was smart enough," recalled Dr. Lynn Botelho, Cambridge alumni and IUP History department and Cook Honors College faculty member. "Instead the summer after her freshman year, she worked as my research assistant and is now the lead research assistant my forthcoming 8 volume History of Old Age in England, 1500-1700, with Susannah Ottaway. The combination of her brains and lively sense of humour, her sharp mind and her work ethic, suggests that Laura can do anything she sets her mind to."

Read more about Laura's London experience on her blog.

IUP Cook Honors College students are eligible to apply for achievement funding. In order to broaden the experience base of CHC students, the CHC Achievement Fund was created and funded privately for the portion not routinely funded by IUP. For study abroad, students can often use their IUP tuition to pay for related academic costs, such as tuition, room and board so private funding must cover air fare and other expenses not covered by IUP and its agreements with international universities.

The Robert E. Cook Honors College at Indiana University of Pennsylvania provides primarily blue-collar scholars with the best features of a private liberal arts college and a mid-size state university. Graduates compete well vs. grads of top-ranked schools in admission to graduate schools and competing for prestigious fellowships such as the Rhodes, Marshall, Fulbright, Truman, Gates-Cambridge, Udall, Goldwater and NSF. According to Don Asher, author of college guidebook Cool Colleges, the Cook Honors college succeeds for three reasons: residential community, unique curriculum based on critical thinking and the achievement fund which allows students expand their cultural experiences through study abroad and internships. Asher states, "It is about as close to a perfect educational institution as you can get in the real world. The curriculum really matters. The dividing line is students participating in their education. They learn to think better than students at other colleges."

IUP is part of the State System of Higher Education.

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