Drury Students Benefit from C.W. Titus Scholarship

Students studying French are presented the opportunity to study abroad through the CW Titus Foundation Scholarship. Since 2008, 60 Drury students have received grants to total $134,000. This scholarship works to limit the financial burden of studying abroad and provides students the opportunity to immerse themselves in the French language. Typically, students live with a French family in Tours, France during the summer.

Dr. Patrick Moser, a Professor of French, said, “Immersion is the best way to learn a foreign language. The program in France enables students to live with a French family, study at a private language institute, and immerse themselves for four weeks in another culture. It’s one of the most impactful educational experiences a student can have in college because it encourages them to look at the world from the perspective of other people.”

The scholarship is open to students studying any variety of majors. The last group to receive this grant had majors ranging from biochemistry, political science, art, history, psychology, mathematics, and more.

Sophomore biochemistry and French major Erica Cervantes is a recipient of the scholarship this year. She will be studying abroad in Tours, France in the summer of 2017. Cervantes stated that she is grateful for the grant and that, “…this experience will help me improve on my French speaking skills. This will greatly impact my studies because with this money I will be able to travel to France and actually practice using the language, which is way better than learning it in a classroom.”

After the completion of the study abroad trip to tours, Dr. Moser intends on having the recipients of the scholarship hold a public forum at the Brentwood Branch Library to present about their experience in Tours and the immersion experience improved their French skills.

Story by Payton Stringer, Digital Content Specialist