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Spring 2010 Scholarship Photo Contest

For some students, a photo is worth a thousand words – and scholarship money!

Photos of friends, landscapes, ceremonies and foreign cuisine poured in from students worldwide, and made choosing a winner harder than ever before.

For the contest, students were asked to:


Submit a photo you have taken while studying in a country other than the one you call home. Then write a description of no more than 200 words describing where the photo was taken and why it summarizes your experience of studying in another country.

Samantha Ross, a student at Emerson College, won the $500 grand prize scholarship in University Language Services’ third annual scholarship contest. She studied abroad in the Netherlands and in her photo, managed to capture the serene tone of a Dutch train station mid-winter.

She describes the photo as representative of the journey, not the destination, of her travels, and identifies it as capturing the moment that began her adventure abroad.

“I’ve always heard about Paris, London… but until you see them in person, you have no idea what these cities are like. There are some pretty fabulous cities out there,” Ross reflected.

Congratulations to all the winners!

Grand Prize Winner of a $500 Scholarship:

  • Samantha Ross, Emerson College (also studied in the Netherlands)

Three Runners-Up Received a $100 Scholarship:

  • 1st Runner-Up: Juefei Xu, Carnegie Mellon University (also studied in China)
  • 2nd Runner-Up: Maria A. Davis, Duke University (also studied in Southeast Asia)
  • 3rd Runner-Up: Catherine M. Carter, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (also studied in Germany)


Eight Photos Were Awarded Honorable Mention:

We wish each of the winners and everyone who entered the scholarship contest the best of luck in their studies!

*The content submitted expresses the opinions of the contest participants, and does not necessarily reflect the views of University Language Services. Each participant is solely responsible for the information and/or analysis of their submitted content.