Northwestern Social Sciences Major Selected as Brad Henry International Scholar

October 27, 2023

Ava CarrNorthwestern Oklahoma State University social sciences major Ava Carr of Tuttle has been selected as a Brad Henry International Scholar by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.

The Northwestern sophomore will spend the spring 2024 semester studying at Swansea University in Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom.

“I am thrilled to be going to Wales in the spring and look forward to all the new experiences,” Carr said. “It has always been a dream of mine to study abroad, but I wasn't sure if I'd ever be able to. I am so grateful that Northwestern offers this opportunity.”

Carr was nominated by Northwestern professors Dr. Eric J. Schmaltz, chair of the department of social sciences and professor of history, and Dr. Robert Vest, assistant professor of Spanish.

“Ava Carr stands as one of our outstanding honors students, a dedicated worker who seeks to expand her intellectual and cultural horizons,” Schmaltz said. “The department is fortunate to have such a student in its ranks, and on the department’s behalf, I wish to congratulate her on this honor. Northwestern is proud to select her this year to represent us at Swansea University, where she will gain new perspectives and make many great memories abroad.”

Carr will receive funding for tuition and lodging for a full semester of study at Swansea University, as well as a stipend to help with other expenses such as airfare and passport fees to and from the UK.

“Ava Carr's achievement as the recipient of the Brad Henry International Scholarship is a testament to her exceptional dedication and commitment to her academic pursuits in the humanities,” Vest said. “Her time as a Spanish student has been marked by a genuine passion for language and culture, which exemplifies the qualities the Spanish program seeks to nurture in students. Ava's journey in studying and increasing her ability to communicate in Spanish not only showcases her academic excellence but also her ability to appreciate other cultures and their practices and perspectives, which is a valuable asset in an increasingly globalized world.”

The Brad Henry International Scholarship program was established by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education in June 2008. The Regents provide a stipend for students selected to participate in the semester-long study or research programs affiliated with Swansea University. Recipients are selected by a committee of State Regents’ staff based on their excellent academic performance, outstanding communication skills, exemplary character, and exceptional leadership, maturity and judgment.

For more information on the Brad Henry Scholarship program visit


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