Gamble named international scholar

  • Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Provided - Laura Kate Gamble displays the framed resolution, introduced by Senator Sean M. Bennett, left, and adopted by the South Carolina Senate.

In May, the South Carolina Senate adopted a resolution recognizing Summerville resident Laura Kate Gamble for her achievement at Wofford College. The resolution was presented to Gamble last week.
Gamble, who will be a senior next year, was selected by Wofford College as the 2013-2014 Presidential International Scholar.
She is the 30th scholar in the college’s innovative program that allows one student to travel during the academic year to developing countries researching an independent project.
The announcement was made April 30, at the annual spring Honors Convocation.
The Presidential International Scholar is chosen personally each year by Wofford’s president as “the singular student best fitted to benefit humankind.” Funded by an anonymous donor, the program provides the student the opportunity to travel and study independently for five months during the scholar’s senior year, returning for the spring semester.
“Laura Kate Gamble is an extraordinary combination of scholarly brilliance, energetic creativity and generous compassion – not only the perfect embodiment of what we seek for the Presidential International Scholar but what we want Wofford students to become,” Dunlap says. “She is sure to make the most of this remarkable opportunity.”
Gamble, who is majoring in biology and Spanish with a concentration in Latin American and Caribbean Studies, is the daughter of Donnie and Ginny Gamble of Summerville. She is a Dean’s List student and is a volunteer with Wofford’s Math Academy and ARCH programs. She also is a member of Honor Council and Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. She is a graduate of Pinewood Preparatory School in Summerville.
The Senate resolution reads as follows:
To congratulate Laura Kate Gamble of Summerville, a rising senior at Wofford College, on being named the school's thirtieth presidential international scholar and to wish her much success on her upcoming travels and studies.
Whereas, on Tuesday, April 30, 2013, President Benjamin B. Dunlap of Wofford College announced that Laura Kate Gamble of Summerville has been chosen as the school's thirtieth Presidential International Scholar, a coveted position that allows the selected rising senior to travel to developing countries during the coming fall semester for the purpose of researching an independent project; and
Whereas, the Presidential International Scholar is chosen personally each year by Wofford's president as "the singular student best fitted to benefit humankind." According to President Dunlap, "Laura Kate Gamble is an extraordinary combination of scholarly brilliance, energetic creativity, and generous compassion--not only the perfect embodiment of what we seek for the Presidential International Scholar but what we want Wofford students to become. She is sure to make the most of this remarkable opportunity"; and
Whereas, Ms. Gamble, who is majoring in biology and Spanish with a concentration in Latin American and Caribbean Studies, is the daughter of Donnie and Ginny Gamble of Summerville and a graduate of Pinewood Preparatory School in the same city. A member of Honor Council and Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority, she is also a Dean's List student and serves as a volunteer with Wofford's Math Academy and ARCH programs; and
Whereas, during her tenure as the 2013-2014 Presidential International Scholar, the twenty-one-year-old will travel to Nepal, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Peru, and Haiti to study how nongovernmental organizations are fighting poverty in those countries; and
Whereas, proud of her outstanding accomplishments and grateful for her servant's heart, the Senate takes great pleasure in honoring Laura Kate Gamble as Wofford's 2013-2014 Presidential International Scholar. Now, therefore,
Be it resolved by the Senate:
That the members of the South Carolina Senate, by this resolution, congratulate Laura Kate Gamble of Summerville, a rising senior at Wofford College, on being named the school's thirtieth Presidential International Scholar and to wish her much success on her upcoming travels and studies.

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