Anthony Daye is living his dream this semester. His passion for studying other cultures has led him to Spain—to become immersed in the language and the daily lives of the people.
“I’m intrigued by the Spanish language, the culture of the country and the history,” said Anthony.
Since he was a student in junior high school, Anthony has worked toward his goal of teaching Spanish. Now a junior at the University of Northern Iowa, Anthony seized the opportunity to study abroad. He has a dual major in Teaching English to Students of Other Languages (TESOL) and Spanish.
Anthony credits scholarships for helping him get closer to his goal, especially the Roy J. Carver Trust Scholarship. Anthony said, “This award helped me pay for tuition at UNI and my study abroad experience. And, it has given me confidence in myself.”
To qualify as a Carver Scholar, applicants must write an essay describing obstacles they have overcome to attend college. Diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome at age five, Anthony used to think it was an obstacle. Now he views it as a teaching opportunity. He welcomes questions about why his eye tics or why he sniffs or rolls his eyes. “I don’t want to distract or annoy anyone, but everyone has been very understanding,” said Anthony. “I’m easily distracted so my professors often make accommodations for me to test in a room by myself. Also, because it is hard for me to take notes, I often get professors’ notes or slides.”
Scholarship support also allows Anthony to participate in student organizations on campus such as Black Student Union, Black Male Leaders and Multicultural Teaching Alliance. “Participating in these organizations has opened up networks for me,” said Anthony. “I didn’t know anyone on campus at first, so it helped me get to know more people. It also develops teamwork and shows I can manage my time.”
As Anthony looks to the future, he plans to teach, and eventually, earn a Master’s degree.
Anthony is also the recipient of the Jane Sherwin Schwartz Modern Language Endowed Scholarship, which is funded by a bequest gift.
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