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K-State Today

May 10, 2019

Primary texts students receive Swogger Scholarship

Submitted by Kaylee Kerns

K-State Primary Texts Certificate Program

Three primary texts students — Nathan Dowell, Nick Kaechele and Cade Losey — have won the Swogger Scholarship through the primary texts certificate program.

Dowell will use the scholarship to travel to the University of Tennessee this summer to continue his studies in medieval Latin. In addition to being a primary texts student, Dowell is a history and English double major and is pursuing a classics minor.

Kaechele will use the scholarship to help support his trip to England this summer as a student in the Oxford study abroad program. Kaechele will incorporate primary texts into his Oxford tutorials. The primary texts program is proud to have helped send several students to the Oxford program, which is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Losey will use the scholarship to complete a paper on comparative mythology next fall. His goal is to present at a research conference or write a publication. Swogger scholarships provide primary texts student the opportunity to work with the program director to produce a great paper using primary texts. Losey is an English and philosophy double major and is pursuing a classics minor.

The Swogger Scholarship was established in honor of Dr. Glenn and Mrs. Claire Swogger, whose Redbud Foundation is a major supporter of K-State's primary texts certificate. The Swoggers' commitment to primary texts education at K-State has made possible the program’s core course, DAS 300: Primary Texts, and many other benefits, including the possibility of promoting the primary texts idea to other institutions of higher education. The purpose of this scholarship is to promote undergraduate research using primary texts and to facilitate travel to take courses or do primary texts-related research. In either case, the program will help students with the goal of presenting and potentially publishing related work as appropriate.

To apply for this scholarship, a student must be enrolled in the primary texts certificate program. Students who obtain the scholarship will either 1) develop a written work they have already undertaken for potential presentation or publication under the supervision of Laurie Johnson, professor of political science and director of the primary texts certificate program. The revision should entail a significant use of primary texts (Students who do not have a paper already composed can still apply by submitting a proposal for a paper they would like to write), or 2) apply for and receive acceptance for an educational experience such as Oxford Study Abroad in which they will be studying primary texts.