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YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. — Rebecca Baker, 2023, of Dacula, Georgia, was recently awarded the Beverly Barrow Woodward, 1953, Endowed Scholarship. This scholarship was established by Leonard and Beverly Woodward of Rome, Georgia, and it is granted annually to one YHC student to study abroad in England at Harlaxton College.

“We want to thank the Woodward family for their continued support of students who desire to broaden their world-view and expand their educational experience beyond the Enchanted Valley,” said Dr. Jennifer Schroeder, associate professor of biology and coordinator of international studies at YHC.

Criteria for the Woodward Scholarship include a strong academic record, a compelling application essay, and a successful interview that convinces the committee that the student is mature and resourceful enough to have a rich educational experience and to be an excellent ambassador of YHC. The selection committee for this award included Dr. Nathan Gray, Dr. Mary Slavkin, Dr. Larissa Stiglish, and Dr. Jennifer Schroeder. They explained that Baker was chosen from a very strong candidate pool. She impressed the committee with her involvement in and service to the campus community, and they are confident that she will be a strong representative of the College during her travels and studies in England.

“I am so incredibly fortunate to receive the Woodward Scholarship, and I cannot wait to see where the experience of studying abroad takes me,” said Baker. “Travel, especially international travel, is something I’ve wanted to do my entire life, and I am beyond excited to fulfill this dream. I look forward to experiencing a different country and its culture for the first time in my life.”

Baker will be studying British Literature while abroad, and she plans to visit the London and Nottingham areas. She looks forward to exploring the Globe Theater and the Natural History Museum in London.

“The courses Rebecca will be taking at Harlaxton College will complement her studies at YHC very well, enabling her to enhance the learning environment for her future classmates upon her return,” said Schroeder.

Baker is a junior creative writing major with a minor in philosophy. She is a tutor in the Young Harris College Success Center, where she cultivates her writing skills. She is also Vice President of the College’s Indoor Club. After graduating, she plans to have a career in writing articles and reports for nonprofits. She also plans to make a name for herself as a fiction author.

About Young Harris College

Young Harris College is a private baccalaureate and master’s degree-granting institution located in the beautiful mountains of North Georgia. Founded in 1886 and historically affiliated with The United Methodist Church, Young Harris College educates, inspires, and empowers students through an education that purposefully integrates the liberal arts and professional studies. The College has four academic divisions: Fine Arts; Humanities; Mathematics, Science and Technology; and Professional Studies. More than 1,400 students are enrolled in its residential and Early College programs. The College is an active member of the NCAA Division II and remains a fierce competitor in the prestigious Peach Belt Conference. For more information, visit