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WIPL awards scholarships for two CCU students for internships

Women in Philanthropy and Leadership for Coastal Carolina University announces the recipients of two $5,000 scholarships for CCU students to participate in the prestigious Washington Internship Institute (WII) as part of the new Global Women's Leadership Development tract. The scholarships have been funded through the generosity of a private donor and will assist the students with their expenses for the semester-long internship in Washington, D.C.  

Anastasia Rhodes and Alana Thornton, both majoring in political science, have been selected through a competitive interview process to attend WII in Fall 2013 and Spring 2014, respectively. Both students plan to graduate from Coastal Carolina University in May 2014.

Rhodes is studying political science with a focus on intelligence and national security. Prior to coming to CCU, she earned a degree in education and international relations from Voronezh State Pedagogic University in her native Russia. She has also lived in the Dominican Republic. She hopes to attend law school and pursue a career in international relations or diplomacy. She said she hopes to “become a significant representative and voice in the international arena in an effort to facilitate better and more peaceful relationships between states” and “to become an active advocate for international rights and equality, especially in developing countries” and to engage and encourage women to become “leaders and voices in their communities.”

Thornton is studying political science with a minor in communication and hopes to earn her law degree. She lives in Greer, S.C. She said the WII Global Women's Leadership Development program will allow her the opportunity work with international and national NGOs, governmental agencies, and women’s political and advocacy groups to improve the conditions of equality and women’s rights, as well as to support women’s leadership in political and
corporate positions. She said she hopes the experience will “be a gateway for me to help women become stronger leaders and impact the world to be a more equally-balanced place for all to live peacefully.”

The Global Women's Leadership Development program focuses on the key issues facing women in the U.S. and around the world – such as health, education, gender and family, entrepreneurship, and universal legal and human rights – as well as domestic and international policy topics that affect women in leadership. The seminar-style classes and professional experiences focus on dialogue, discussion and debate, shaping ideas and critical thinking skills. For example, Rhodes will have the opportunity to attend a symposium in September on the status of women in Afghanistan. This high-profile event will be held at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars.

Coastal Carolina University students have participated in the WII program for several of years; however, the Global Women's Leadership Development tract was launched in spring 2013. Other WII tracks are Environmental and Sustainability Policy Studies, Inside Washington, and International and Foreign Policy Studies. The WII experience supports the university’s commitment to experiential learning for all students. The WIPL scholarships are the first donor-supported scholarships for WII and have been featured on the organization’s website. For more information about WII, please visit http://wiidc.org/