By Scott Hall
INDIANAPOLIS (UIndy) - While her husband is serving in the Army in Iraq, Jimtown High School graduate and current University of Indianapolis student Sarah VanVlerah has received a scholarship to spend the next two months studying at Oxford University's Harris Manchester College in England.
VanVlerah is a junior majoring in international relations and French, with a 3.7 GPA and a strong record of community service. As a member of UIndy's prestigious Honors College, she was eligible to apply for the annual Harris Manchester College Study Scholarship, which covers tuition, room and board for a term than runs from Jan. 14 to March 14.
After her Oxford stay, she also plans to spend two to three months traveling and working on her required Honors College project in London, followed by six weeks studying in Aix-en-Provence in the south of France.
"This scholarship is something I've been working for since my freshman year," said VanVlerah.
"I feel like the whole of UIndy has helped me, with countless recommendations, advice, books to read, scheduling, signatures and just plain excitement."
VanVlerah is the daughter of David and Julia Henry. David Henry is the pastor of Jamestown United Methodist Church.
The Harris Manchester College Study Scholarship is made possible through a gift from the University of Indianapolis supporters Jerry and Elsie Martin of Indianapolis.