Published on June 20, 2019
Lititz, PA — Warwick High School junior Ben DuBosq was recently named the recipient of the Speedwell Foundation AFS Study Abroad Scholarship. This scholarship provides qualified, academically-strong high school students in the central Pennsylvania area a chance of a lifetime to study abroad with the AFS-USA to expand their global views.
After hearing about the scholarship opportunity last year through his French teacher, Renee Campeau, Ben decided to start the lengthy process of applying. Beginning in November of 2018 he needed to write five to ten essays, provide various recommendations from family and teachers, and participate in a home interview from the foundation organizers. This process concluded with an in-person interview in Harrisburg.
Ben will be living in Paris, France with a host family for a full academic year, 10 months in total. He will complete his junior year overseas then return to Lititz to finish out his senior year.
“I want to study abroad to further my French education. I started learning French at the end of 7th grade and I really took to it. Studying abroad for a full academic year will definitely help to further my education,” stated Ben DuBosq.
“The thought of integrating into a different school is a little scary, but I’m also hoping to experience different parts of France during my time there,” said Ben. “I think I’m most looking forward to gaining independent skills while learning to thrive in new cultural surroundings.”
His course selection will include general math, history, philosophy, literature, and language. The scholarship will cover his travel expenses and tuition for the school.
The Speedwell Foundation scholarship was founded by Jenny and Mike Messner, and has expanded to fund up to 20 high school students each year to roughly 40 different countries.
According to the AFS coordinator, Deb Felak, the Messners have decided to end this program in preparation for their retirement. Since 2007, the foundation has been able to fund over 200 scholars to countries across the world with over 3.4 million dollars. The students departing for the 2019-2020 school year will be the last beneficiaries of this incredible foundation.
Ben DuBosq joins 15 other Warwick recipients of the Speedwell since 2007. He is the only and last Warwick recipient participating in the 2019-2020 school year.