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Family Trust Gives Student Once In A Lifetime Opportunity To Study Abroad

May 20, 2013

Media Contact: Reagan Hamlin, Director of Public Relations and Marketing, UCO Development Office, 405-974-3552,


University of Central Oklahoma junior Taussen Brewer is experiencing the Spanish culture and language firsthand as a recipient of the first-ever Turner Family Trust Diogenes Study Abroad Scholarship, awarded through the College of Liberal Arts.

Originally from Wagoner and majoring in Photographic Arts and Graphic Design, Brewer is currently in Spain completing an independent study in photography and taking 12 credit hours of Spanish. Upon her return in July, she will present a cohesive portfolio representing the sights, smells and sounds of the Spanish culture.

She plans to become bilingual during her time of intensive study and hopes this will help her compete professionally in the job market.

“I know from those who have gone abroad in the past that their travels have created more flexibility and responsibility as adults,” she wrote in her scholarship application.   

“This trip will provide an invaluable sense of transformative learning in my future, creating a more holistic approach to cultural diversity and global affairs.”

Brewer is an active member of the local food movement in Oklahoma City and serves as a tutor and mentor at the Urban Mission After School Program, as well as the Teaching and Saving Kids After School Program.

The Turner Family Trust was established by the late Sara and John B. Turner Jr. of Edmond, who donated $100,000 toward the development of the Diogenes Endowed Study Abroad Scholars Program.

For more information, contact Lee Ann Chandler, development manager for Central’s College of Liberal Arts, at 405-974-3782 or