Christina Isom of Lehigh, a senior at East Central University in Ada, is one of six students from Oklahoma’s regional universities who have been named Brad Henry International Scholars and will spend the fall semester at Swansea University in Wales.
The scholars were chosen by their institutions for the international study abroad program that was established by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education in June 2008. They will leave Sept. 6 and will return on Dec. 20.
“We got a mass e-mail that said ‘Study abroad,’” Isom said. “I always wanted to do that. I had to apply, and the committee selected me.”
She will have a pre-session class for two weeks at Swansea University, then probably enroll in international relations and international politics when classes begin in October. She will earn 15 hours of college credit.
“We will go to school and travel a lot,” Isom said, “because we’re so close to everywhere.”
Isom, a graduate of Coalgate High School, is double-majoring in legal studies and political science at ECU. After graduation, she plans to attend law school and pursue a career in law and politics.
She is the vice president of scholarship and social chair of Alpha Gamma Delta International Fraternity, secretary of ECU’s Legal Professions Association and a member of the Panhellenic Council. She also is on the Dean’s Honor Roll.
She is the daughter of the late Charlene Isom-Golden.
Also selected as Brad Henry Scholars were Erika Christner, Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Weatherford; Summer Hill, Northeastern State University, Tahlequah; Aleshia Richardson, Langston University, Langston; Tori Strecker, Cameron University, Lawton; and Valorie Vernon, Rogers State University, Claremore.
The state regents provide a $10,000 stipend for students selected to participate in semester-long study or research programs affiliated with Swansea University. Academic credit for these programs will be awarded by the Oklahoma universities.