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Student wins Gant scholarship (Released: 6/16/97)

by Elizabeth Omara-Otunnu, Office of University Communications.

STORRS, Conn. -- Kandree Hicks of NORWALK, a rising senior majoring in Spanish and cultural politics, is this year's undergraduate winner of a $1,500 Edward Victor Gant Scholarship for continuing study at the University of Connecticut.

Hicks has a history of academic achievement. A graduate of Brien McMahon High School, in 1994 she won one of 25 four-year Leadership Scholarships to UConn. Last fall she was named a University Scholar, the highest academic honor for undergraduates.

As University Scholar, she will pursue a study of the multiple cultures associated with African and Latin peoples in America. The interdisciplinary project she designed will combine ethnography, political science, psychology, sociology and foreign languages. Hicks also will travel to Ecuador for a semester of anthropological and linguistic study.

"She is a true scholar in every sense of the word," says Kathy Usher, director of the scholarship office. "A young woman with clear professional goals, she aspires to be a 'mover and shaker' of policies affecting African and Latin Americans."

Hicks is a member of the University's African-American Advisory Board and education chairperson of its Black Student Association, and participates in the University's Voices of Freedom Gospel Choir. She also has assisted in recruiting talented high school students to the University.

The Gant Scholarships, named for Edward V. Gant, a former provost and professor of civil engineering, are open to both undergraduates and graduate students from all the schools and colleges of the University. They are awarded on the basis of academic excellence, professional potential, dedicated service and personal integrity.