UD's Rome scholarships not only made it possible for spring 2013 Rome students like Isabel Dubert, Anthony Kersting and Christina Nguyen to travel to places they would not have been able to visit otherwise, but it put them in the right place at the right time to witness the historic resignation of Pope-Emeritus Benedict XVI and election of Pope Francis.
"These scholarships have given me the opportunity to be here in the Eternal City during the election of Pope Francis. For example, I was able to attend Maundy Thursday Mass in St Peter's Basilica, an experience which I would otherwise have missed," said Dubert, a recipient of the Rome Experience Scholarship and the National Alumni Board Scholarship.
Alumni have been the driving force for founding and maintaining four of the six different scholarships - the Charles T. Uhl Scholarship, the National Alumni Board Rome Scholarship, the Rome Experience Scholarship and the Dan and Margie Cruse Endowed Scholarship - that exist to help students with expenses related to the Rome Program. Each year, these scholarships and the Jake Addison Scholarship provide support to roughly 30 students who otherwise might not be able to participate in the Rome Semester.
In addition to UD-based scholarships, Spring 2013 Rome student Yasmin Fatemi received a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, as part of a national program that supports American students studying abroad.
Kersting, a Charles T. Uhl Scholarship recipient, took advantage of the opportunity to practice speaking German.
"I was able to travel to German-speaking countries, which is important to me because I'm working towards a German concentration. Vienna was a winter dream and seeing the Alps in Salzburg was breathtaking," he said.
Nguyen, who received a Charles T. Uhl Scholarship as well, was grateful for the friendships she and her classmates have forged by sharing the semester's events, particularly the papal election process.
"Rome is a life-changing experience; it's about growing as a person in religion, education and life," said Nguyen.
More information about UD's Rome scholarships is available here.