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Travis Rawson '20

Travis Rawson

The chance to travel to Spain gave Travis Rawson an experience he will never forget.

“I wouldn’t have been able to take this trip without the Foundation scholarship. The travel abroad stipend funded my trip and allowed me to experience another country’s culture first hand.”

Rawson, a Foundation Scholar from Ravenswood, W.Va., had the opportunity to travel to the city of Santander, which is located on the northern coast of Spain. While he was there, he learned about the Spanish language and the Mediterranean culture.

“My time in Spain made me more culturally aware than I previously was.  Learning about the history and their culture, both past and present, made me a more rounded person and student. At WVU, it seems like the only thing I study or read about is material pertinent to science.  It was nice to expand into other areas of study.”

 He plans to minor in Spanish and use it his future career.

“Learning the Spanish language will definitely help me in my future career because more and more people in America are speaking it.  I would love to be able to speak to any of my future Spanish-speaking students in their native language.”

Foundation Scholars receive money to cover college costs for four years of undergraduate studies, including tuition and fees, room and board and a book stipend. They also receive a stipend to be used to study abroad or academic enhancement opportunities.

He said being a Foundation Scholar has given him the opportunity to focus on school without having to worry about having a job to pay for school. It has allowed him to volunteer over 700 hours in his first two years at WVU.

Rawson wants to earn his Ph.D. in immunology and microbial pathogenesis and become a professor with his own research lab. He wants to spend his career studying the immune system and how it can be utilized to treat cancer.

“It is so fun to learn about the cells and all of the microscopic interactions that keep us healthy and alive each day.”

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