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May 16, 2006
Contact: Stacey Satchell, Office of Study Abroad, (785) 864-3742.

KU junior from Wichita earns scholarship to study in Germany

LAWRENCE — Kahlil Saad, a junior at the University of Kansas from Wichita, has received a Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst German exchange scholarship to study at Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität in Bonn, Germany, for the 2006-07 academic year.

Saad is majoring in Germanic languages and literatures and biochemistry, with a minor in African and African-American studies. He is the son of Nabil and Linda Saad and a Wichita East High School graduate.

He is one of 62 undergraduate students from 50 universities in Canada and the United States selected by a panel of experts in higher education to receive the scholarship. This year’s scholarship recipients were selected from among 210 applicants. The scholarship program is aimed at students who want to spend part of their third or fourth year of college in Germany. Recipients stay for a semester or a full academic year to study, for internships or for senior thesis research.

Through his research in Germany, Saad plans to “combine not only a deep look into the culture and literature that has shaped Germany and the Arab world but also build parallel connections between the two and examine their relationship to each other.”

Saad has won distinction at KU as an Endowment Merit Scholar and Undergraduate Research Award recipient and has received a Kansas Institute of Neuroscience and Biomedical Research grant funded by the National Institutes of Health. He is in KU’s Honors Program and is coordinator for Ecumenical Christian Ministries’ Interfaith Dialogue and University Forum programs.

The DAAD German Academic Exchange Service was founded in 1925 by German student Carl Joachim Friedrich, who was able to obtain 13 fellowships from the Institute of International Education for Germans in the social sciences to study in the United States. The organization now awards more than 65,000 fellowships a year and is the largest grantor of international academic mobility support in the world. See www.daad.org for more information.

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