NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- Bethel College student Adam Gaeddert from Hutchinson is the recipient of the Freie Universität Berlin North American First Year Student Scholarship for the summer of 2004. The scholarship is given to a select number of American freshman college students and provides tuition waiver for two courses at the seventh International Summer University at the Freie Universität from July 17 through Aug. 13. Gaeddert has enrolled in German Philosophy and Fiction Writing. Bethel College professor of German Merle Schlabaugh introduced Gaeddert to the opportunity. "Adam is well-deserving of this competitive scholarship and will thrive on the courses he has selected. This experience will expand his cultural awareness as he lives in the exciting city of Berlin for a month. His academic performance at Bethel during this past year made him an excellent candidate," said Schlabaugh.
"The international environment of which I will be a part is unlike anything I’ve experienced. Actually, I’ve never been overseas," said Gaeddert. "One of the main benefits of this program is the chance to interact firsthand with people from various cultures and backgrounds."
Besides the experience of studying abroad, Gaeddert also plans to immerse himself in the city of Berlin. "It is a city that has undergone as much change in the last century as any other city in Europe, and I want to be able to identify some of the effects of those changes," Gaeddert included.
In fall Gaeddert will be a sophomore at Bethel College.