IWU Student Receives Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship
April 7, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Illinois Wesleyan University senior Martin Ceisel has received
a Rotary Cultural Ambassadorial Scholarship. The $17,000 Cultural Ambassadorial Scholarship
provides for six months of intensive language study and cultural immersion in a foreign
Ceisel, an international studies major, is from Coronado, Calif.
Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarships are intended to promote international understanding
and friendly relations between people of different countries. The Ambassadorial Scholarship
program, the world’s largest privately funded international scholarship program, has
allowed nearly 38,000 men and women to study abroad. In 2005-06 approximately 800
scholarships were awarded.
The application process for the scholarships, awarded yearly, involves a paper application,
letters of recommendation, evaluations and an interview with the district selection
“I thought Martin would make an outstanding candidate for the scholarship because
he has the perfect blend of a student who is gifted academically, humble, service-oriented,
and has a good international perspective,” said Warren Kistner, director of the IWU
Craig C. Hart Career Center, who will be Ceisel’s sponsor from the Bloomington Rotary
Ceisel will study in the Slovak Republic at the Center for Language and Academic Preparation
at the Bratislava School of Law located in Bratislava, the capital of the Slovak Republic.
He will begin his program in October 2009.
Influenced by his family’s Slovakian roots, Ceisel chose to study in the Slovak Republic
because of the strong heritage instilled in him by his mother and grandmother who
were born there.
“As a result, I have a passion for vastly improving my Slovak language skills and
learning more about the culture that is such a large part of my heritage,” said Ceisel.
For additional information, contact the Office of University Communications at (309)
556-3181 or Kistner at (309) 556-3237.
Contact: Heather Lindquist, ’09, (309) 556-3181