Two Kohawks accepted to prestigious Irish American Scholars Program

Sarah Reilly and Alison Dassner
Sarah Reilly ’21 (left) and
Alison Dassner ’21

Sarah Reilly ’21 and Alison Dassner ’21 are planning to spend a term during the 2019-20 academic year across the pond. Both Coe College students were accepted to the competitive Irish American Scholars Program. Reilly and Dassner each will spend a term studying at Queen’s University Belfast. 

Coe College participates in the Study USA of Northern Ireland program. This program allows Coe to host students from Northern Ireland for a term. In exchange, Northern Ireland colleges and universities offer a limited number of spots for American students to spend a term in Northern Ireland, tuition-free.

Reilly, an English and creative writing major, has visited Europe twice but never been to Ireland. “I was looking for a program, similar to Coe, that would push me academically,” Reilly said. “And, I want to know what it's like to be a local. I’m excited by the thought of being immersed in a new culture.” 

Dassner, an English and philosophy major and religion minor, will be traveling out of the U.S. for the first time. “I’ve never been out of the country so this is very exciting,” Dassner said. “I’m thankful Professor Chaimov encouraged me to apply for the Irish American Scholars Program. He and Coe professors John Lemos, Amber Shaw and Chris Hatchell were supportive throughout the entire application process. Without their help, this opportunity wouldn’t have been possible.”

“We're honored when our students get selected to participate in the Irish American Scholars Program,” Associate Professor of German and Director of Off-Campus Study John Chaimov said. “Not only do our students get to study at a top university in a fascinating place, but our campus is also enriched by getting to host a student from Northern Ireland.”

One hundred percent of Coe students are guaranteed an internship, research project or off-campus study program. Coe offers more than 40 options for off-campus study with exchange programs throughout the world. 

Coe College offers superb academics and exciting co-curricular activities in a thriving urban setting that promotes student growth and success. Established in 1851, Coe has a national reputation for academic excellence enhanced by a student-centered, highly supportive campus environment. Coe’s vibrant Cedar Rapids location provides an abundance of internships for students and career opportunities for graduates.

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