Hall Family Foundation awards summer grants


The Hall Family Foundation Summer Academic Enrichment Program has honored five students with awards between $4,500 and $5,000 to seize academic opportunities and prepare for post-graduate experiences. The program is unique to William Jewell, providing financial support for study abroad programs, workshops, intensive summer courses, conferences, programs and research opportunities. 

Those receiving the 2019 Hall Family Foundation Summer Academic Enrichment Grants: 

•  Jessica Farris, junior nursing, Spanish and ACT-In major, Parsons, Kan. 

Farris will study medical Spanish and public health in Oaxaca, Mexico, through a cultural immersion program. Beyond Spanish-language courses focused on medical and healthcare terminology, she will also shadow with the Mexican Red Cross as a translator in a hospital. In addition to her courses, she will also conduct research about health care access in Mexico through interviews with nurses, patients and doctors. 

• Kendall Gammon, sophomore history major, Spokane

Gammon will attend the Despotiko Field School in Greece for a course on Excavating in the Aegean. The course will involve hands-on experience at an excavation site on the uninhabited islet of Despotiko. The program includes two optional field trips to sanctuaries discovered on other nearby islet, as well as working in the Archaeological Museum on the Greek island of Paros. 

• Kaitlyn O’Neal, junior Oxbridge Literature and Theory major, Overland Park, Kan.

O’Neal will attend the University of Iowa’s seven-week Irish Writing Program in Dublin, Ireland. The program consists of two courses, one in Irish literature and the other in creative writing. Upon graduation, she plans to pursue a master’s degree in literary studies and fiction writing in Ireland. 

• Spencer Ruwe, junior vocal performance and musical theatre major, Platte City

Ruwe will travel to Mondavio, Italy, as one of 16 American voice students accepted into the “Music in the Marche” summer program. He will receive private voice lessons, artistic coaching, Italian language classes, Italian diction lessons and movement/acting classes. At the end of the 26-day program, he will sing in two fully staged opera scenes and three recitals in the famed Teatro Apollo. 

• Jackson Still, sophomore economics and political science major, Lubbock, Texas 

Still will take a public finance course at the London School of Economics. He will also work on a research case study for his honors thesis project on the inefficacy of the welfare state in addressing child poverty in the United States and Britain. He will interview representatives from London Poverty Research Centre at King’s, Trust for London, the Center for Global Development and the Child Poverty Action Group, as well as access databases offered in the United Kingdom.