OIA Study Abroad awards Clinton Colgin Scholarship
Clinton Colgin grew up in Fort Worth. He was a business major and graduated from Texas Tech University. He was an avid Red Raider fan and a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and spent the spring of 2003 studying at The TTU Center in Sevilla, Spain.
Upon graduation, he began work in commercial real estate for Armstrong Development. He died as result of a hunting accident in the fall of 2010 doing what he loved best—enjoying the great outdoors and the magnificence of God's creation.
The scholarship is made possible by the generous donations of family, friends and colleagues.
The scholarship was designed to help support undergraduates as they seek knowledge and experience in their academic fields by studying abroad. The goal of the scholarship is to enable a student who wants to share in the life changing experience of studying abroad as did Mr. Colgin.
Encouragement and inspiration from my many professors in both the history and foreign language departments have helped usher me towards my final semester at this university, which will be spent in Seville, Spain. When my time in Seville comes to an end, I plan to attend a JD/MSW program in either Houston or Chicago. I have spent the last year working with women who primarily speak Spanish. As a caseworker at Voice of Hope, formerly Lubbock Rape Crisis, I worked on the Human Trafficking team with very limited resources, the one in particular—bilingualism. Becoming a proficient Spanish speaker is not only personally meaningful, but will help me continue the broken work I care deeply about upon returning to the U.S.
I am a mechanical engineering major with a minor in Spanish. I have always loved the sciences and I chose to study mechanical engineering so that I could explore my love for science in a hand on manner. The TTU Center in Seville is the perfect location for me to grow as a student in my field and as an individual. While here I hope to improve my Spanish immensely and learn to become more independent and self-reliant. I believe that this experience will be a defining moment in my life where I will learn many of the skills needed to be a successful engineer, such as good communication skills, and the ability to problem solve in unfamiliar situations.