University of Minnesota student selected as one of only 18 Luce Scholars in the nation
What: University of Minnesota student selected as one of 18 Luce Scholars in the nation
Who: Joseph Walla
Contacts: Alison Skoberg, Graduate School, (612) 625-7579
Patty Mattern, University News Service, (612) 624-2801
MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (03/16/2006) —College of Liberal Arts honors student Joseph Walla has been selected as one of only 18 Luce Scholars in the nation.
Walla, a political science student, won the Luce Scholarship for a professional internship experience in Asia. The University of Minnesota Graduate School nominated him for the award.
Each year the Henry Luce Foundation invites 70 colleges and universities to submit as many as three nominations for the award. From this group of more than 200 nominations, the Luce Scholars Program selects 18 young Americans for an experience in Asia designed both to broaden their professional perspectives and to sharpen their perceptions of Asia.
Unlike other Asian scholarship programs, it is directed toward young leaders in any field who have not had prior experience in Asia and who otherwise would not have such an opportunity in the course of their careers. The program is funded by the Henry Luce Foundation and administered in Asia in cooperation with the Asia Foundation.
The Luce Scholars will begin their assignments in September and continue through July 2007. Internship assignments are arranged for each scholar on the basis of individual career interests, experience and qualifications. The country Walla will be assigned will be decided by late spring when he will begin language training.
Walla will graduate with a bachelor of arts degree in political science in May. He has had a variety of professional experiences, including a political internship at the U.S. Embassy in Rome.
Involved in numerous campus activities, he is a member of the University of Minnesota debate team and is starting a nonprofit organization called Student Project Africa Network (SPAN).
Walla grew up in Edina, Minnesota, where his parents still live.