BETHANY, W.Va. – Three Bethany College women have been awarded Vira I. Heinz Travel Awards to continue their studies this summer in other countries.

Vira I. Heinz Travel Awards are granted to up to three sophomore or junior women who have distinguished themselves by leadership, character and scholarship and whose proposals for foreign travel most significantly supplement their educational objectives.7152viraheinz.JPG

These awards for summer travel are provided by the fund of the late Vira I. Heinz, a Pittsburgh philanthropist and a recipient of the honorary Doctor of Religious Education degree from Bethany College in 1969.
The three women receiving the award this year are:

            Sarah Goho of Sommerhausen, Germany, a German/Secondary Education major.
            Rachel Reardon of Follansbee, W.Va., an Elementary Education major and Spanish minor.
            Krystal Robinson of Moundsville, W.Va., an Elementary Education/Music major.

Goho is traveling to The Gambia, a small country in Western Africa, where she will be helping to teach in three different poverty stricken schools. She will be living with the families of students whose homes will most likely not have running water or electricity.
“I wanted to go to a third world country that is struggling to build a solid educational system. Many of the children in The Gambia live in poverty and most do not even attend school,” Goho said. “I am going into secondary education after college so this will be a great experience for me.”
At Bethany, Goho is involved with Alpha Xi Delta sorority, the German Club and the cross country team.
Reardon will study for one month in Madrid. She chose to go to Spain because she is a Spanish minor and didn’t have time in her schedule to study abroad for an academic semester.
 “I am very excited about this opportunity to study abroad and to become even more familiar with the Spanish language,” Reardon said. “While I am abroad I will have to use what I have learned in my college classes in everyday conversation. The interactive cultural experience is something that I couldn’t have achieved by simply learning facts in a classroom setting.”
On the Bethany campus, Reardon is treasurer of Phi Mu sorority; vice president of SNEA; co-president of Big Brothers Big Sisters; membership chair of Kappa Delta Pi; a member of Student Literary Association, Special Education Club, CMLA, Spanish Club, Bethany Kalon Society, the Bethany softball team and is employed at T.W. Phillips Library and Renner Union.
Robinson chose to study in Italy because of its rich musical culture. As a music major, she believes Italy is one of the greatest places to learn about music’s history.
“The background that I have received in my music history courses at Bethany will aid me in learning about Italy’s opera history,” said Robinson. “In Italy I will be taking a course entitled ‘Great Italian Opera’ that will focus on artists such as Puccini and Verdi. It will be a great complement to my Bethany education.”
On the Bethany campus, Robinson serves as Student Government vice president; president of Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity; a resident assistant; a member of the choir, Music Club, women’s tennis team and is a radio disc jockey at WVBC.
Bethany is one of 15 institutions participating in the Vira I. Heinz Travel Awards which are coordinated by The Center for International Studies at the University of Pittsburgh.