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Scholarships named for fine arts dean

by Sherry Fisher - September 11, 2006

When David Woods was an exchange student in Copenhagen 43 years ago, he had no idea that one day a Study Abroad scholarship would be named in his honor.

But that's exactly what happened to Woods, who is now dean of the School of Fine Arts.

The Denmark International Study Abroad (DIS) program, recently announced the David Woods Scholarship Fund.

The scholarship awards $1,500 for up to 10 students per semester, and 10 $300 summer scholarships a year for students participating in DIS programs.

In 1963, Woods was one of the first American students to take part in Study Abroad in Denmark.

He lived with a Danish family, studied music, and took courses including Danish architecture, Danish literature, Icelandic saga, and Icelandic language.

He says the program gave him a global view of the world and changed his life.

"I am honored to have this scholarship in my name to further global understanding that is so important at universities today," Woods says.

In July, Woods traveled to Copenhagen to attend a ceremony in his honor. While there, he took part in discussions regarding the development of Study Abroad programs in the arts.

DIS is an internationally recognized Study Abroad program affiliated with the University of Copenhagen and supported by the Danish government.

It offers specialized programs in English, ranging from international business to a program in child development and diversity, and many other fields focusing on European themes and issues.

UConn's director of Study Abroad Ross Lewin says he hopes the scholarship will increase the number of students who study through the DIS program.

"I think the scholarship is going to make an already wonderful Study Abroad opportunity much more accessible to UConn students," he says.

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