University of Portland senior Lara Grenko and recent graduate Justus Peacock-Broyles have received Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange scholarships for the 2007-08 academic year. A total of 75 scholarships were awarded from an applicant pool of more than 500.
As scholarship recipients, Grenko and Peacock-Broyles will travel to Germany and receive intensive German language study, professional study and several months of an internship in a specific area of professional development.
Grenko, a double major in German studies and political science, plans to study environmental law. Her interests involve professional development abroad rather than teaching or research, according to Laura McLary, an associate professor of German at the University.
Peacock-Broyles graduated from the University of Portland in 2006 with a degree in global business and a minor in entrepreneurship. He currently works as the head line cook at SoLo Bar and Restaurant in the Pearl District, and will pursue professional development in culinary arts in Germany.
The CBYX program, created in 1983, is supported by the United States Congress and the German Bundestag. Participants must be between the ages of 18-24 and current citizens of the United States to take part. Applicants do not need to be presently enrolled in a college or university, but should have well-defined career goals with related work experience, flexibility, good communication skills, diplomacy, and a strong sense of American identity.
The program is designed primarily for young adults in business, technical, engineering, agricultural, and vocational fields, though candidates in all fields are encouraged to apply.