When Holly Rueger’s plane took off for Burkina Faso in January, she had a pretty clear vision of what her Pannell project would look like. She would study nongovernmental organizations in the West African country, find out what makes them successful, and figure out how such aid programs can help — “rather than hinder” — communities.
Allison McLamb has always wanted to work in special education. After gaining some experience in American classrooms, the sophomore was able to explore her career goals abroad this winter, thanks to Sweet Briar’s Anne Gary Pannell Merit Scholarship.
From studying psychophysics and autism to exploring local, sustainable foods to assessing non-governmental organizations and the importance of dance in Burkina Faso, the list of 2014-15 Anne Gary Pannell Merit Scholarship projects is more diverse than ever before.
One of the great things about attending a liberal arts college is that you don’t have to have your whole life figured out by the time you’re 18. Or 19. At Sweet Briar, the Anne Gary Pannell Merit Scholarship helps sophomores explore their particular academic interests for an entire year.