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2013 Internship Travel Fund recipients

Travel scholarships 2013-Karen Schmitt RobertsThe office of Career Development and Academic Advising is pleased to announce the student recipients of the Internship Travel Fund Scholarship Program. Experiential education, including internships, is an integral part of a Stetson education. Through generous alumni and organizational donations, the Career Development and Academic Advising office is able to offer scholarships, awarded on top of a student’s financial aid package, in support of internship experiences. This year 11 students were awarded scholarships totaling more than $14,000.

The Karen Schmitt Roberts Career Development Travel Fund, sponsored by Stetson’s Alumni Association Board of Directors, provides need-based travel scholarships for student interns, with preference given to students with unpaid internships. The scholarships will provide funds for all or part of a student’s travel expenses, or other aspects of an internship the committee deems appropriate, enabling the student to participate in an experience that might not otherwise be possible. Two of this year’s recipients are pictured (left) with Karen Schmitt Roberts ’80, who has helped build the travel fund to what it is today: (l to r) Maxwell Droznin: sophomore, Russian studies, Canary Center at Stanford; and Ryan Rinaldo: junior, communication studies, cities of DeBary and Deltona. Alayna Burton: junior, communications studies, 22squared, was also recognized as a recipient of the 2013 Travel Fund Scholarship.

Bank of America honored Stetson with a grant to support students in their pursuits for on-the-job experiences and completion of their post-secondary education. This year’s recipients are:

Richard Goykin: senior, sport management, Staten Island Yankees

Victoria Guzek: junior, marketing, University Directories

Mark Marcus: junior, accounting, Siemens Energy, Inc.

The final scholarship, funded by the Target Campus Grant, provides financial support for students pursuing internship opportunities that foster learning and development of leadership, mentoring and communication skills. This year’s recipients are:

Jennifer Allenby: junior, vocal performance, Varna International Opera Academy

Katherine Cabral: senior, political science, Washington Semester Internship Program

Lauren Couturier: junior, marketing, Virtual Properties

Matthew Gerken: sophomore, mathematics, Institute on Philanthropy and Voluntary Service

Michael Van Oppen: sophomore, international studies, Homeland Security Policy Institute

In addition to these award winners, two students were selected as recipients for the Becker Professional Educational Scholarship and the Boulevard Tire Center Internship. The Becker Scholarship, awarded to one student, assists in meeting the financial obligations of preparing to pass the CPA exam by covering 50 percent of the enrollment fees for the Becker CPA preparation course. This year’s recipient is Azshea Lambert: senior, accounting.

TravelFund Olivia Stevens (Boulevard Tire Center representative) and Amber Frato (student recipient)The Boulevard Tire Center Summer Internship Program offers college students from Volusia County the opportunity to work in a professional setting while learning from an industry-leading corporation in the Volusia County area. This year’s recipient is Amber Frato, pictured at right, with Olivia Stevens with the Boulevard Tire Center. Frato is a sophomore, majoring in accounting.

“Congratulations to all of the recipients,” said Robin Kazmarek, Director of Experiential Learning. “We wish them all much success as they pursue their summer endeavors!”


by Robin Kazmarek, Director of Experiential Learning

Career Development Office