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Scholarship Spotlight: SummerBrook Courtney-Lawson

Posted by: faschola - 03/22/17

SummerBrook is a senior at the University of South Carolina pursuing a double major in Political Science and Chinese. The daughter of a permanently disabled Vietnam Veteran, she is set to graduate this spring with high honors and leadership distinction in global learning and professional and civic engagement. While busy with class work, she has also been very active at her school where she held four executive leadership positions in student organizations last year and was also involved in several other organizations and honor societies. SummerBrook was honored with four leadership awards from the University of South Carolina last year for her steady work and her commitment to so many organizations on campus. One of her passions is to learn everything she can about Asian language and culture which led her to study abroad in Taipei, Taiwan the summer of her junior year. She was also a delegate for the Confucius Institute where, during her winter break, she continued her studies at the Beijing Language and Culture University in China. Over last year’s spring break, she traveled with other USC students to Chiang Mai, Thailand to volunteer at the Elephant Nature Park where she had the privilege to work with 68 rescued domestic elephants and 400 rescued dogs from the Bangkok floods of 2011.

SummerBrook was awarded the Gilman National Fellowship for an internship in Shanghai, China last summer where she worked in the legal section of an Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) company and had the chance to study Chinese labor laws, learned to prepare Chinese labor contracts and other legal documents, researched human resource related laws and policies in China, and helped in the translation of employee handbooks and documents for foreign investors such has Subway, Pepsico, GMC, etc. Service is another one of her passions which is why she is very involved with the Carolina Service Council, the largest student run service organization on the USC campus. She served on their executive board last year as the Director of Public Relations and is currently the Director of Carolina Cares. This past year, her biggest task was to organize three holiday donation drives during the fall semester in partnership with the Salvation Army, the American Red Cross and Families Helping Families. After graduation this spring, she hopes to attend law school with a concentration in international law.

Through our Scholarship Fund, Freedom Alliance has supported hundreds of students like SummerBrook. To learn more or to apply for a scholarship, visit www.fascholarship.com.