Hope College junior Kaleigh Doan of Ludington has been awarded the 2014 AATF Walter Jensen Scholarship for Study Abroad from the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF).
Doan, who is majoring in French and English with an emphasis on teaching at the secondary level, was selected by a national committee based on her credentials. The $2,000 award will provide support while she studies in Nantes, France, during the forthcoming fall semester.
In addition to her academic work, her activities at the college have included serving as a resident assistant, volunteer tutoring with the Children’s After School Achievement (CASA) program, playing in the Wind Ensemble, managing public relations for the Hope College branch of ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development), and participating in the student-organized Dance Marathon held on behalf of Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. She is the daughter of Erin and Kathryn Doan of Ludington, and a 2012 graduate of Ludington High School.
The income from gifts of stock generously bequeathed to the AATF by the late Walter Jensen enables the association to offer the $2,000 scholarship annually to a future teacher of French. The award, the only one of its kind offered by the AATF, allows for participation in a long-term program of study abroad that might not have otherwise been affordable to the student.
The AATF, with nearly 10,000 members, was founded in 1927 and is divided into 73 chapters across the United States.