Redlands Junior Receives Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship

A University of Redlands junior interested in international constitutional law will spend a year studying abroad, thanks to the Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship Program.

Ashley Hudgens plans to study in South Africa, where she wants to study the country's constitution. She also hopes to mentor and tutor children who have lost parents to HIV/AIDS or have battled racial prejudices.

"These students need hope," Hudgens wrote in her scholarship application.

The Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship Program provides grants for students to spend about a year studying in another country. The awards are structured to cover the cost of transportation, tuition and fees, room and board and educational supplies.

The ambassadorial scholarship, which was founded in 1947, is one of Rotary's oldest programs. Nearly 800 scholarships were awarded in 2005-06. That year, recipients from 70 countries studied internationally, with grants totaling $500 million, according to information provided by the organization.

Hudgens, who is from Palm Desert, has been involved in a variety of community service and leadership activities, including Mock Trial and SPURS, the University of Redlands' sophomore female honors community service society. In SPURS, she filmed and produced a documentary on cystic fibrosis and put together a week of on-campus activities designed to increase awareness and raise money for research.

She plans to go to law school and do a clerkship for a federal or circuit court judge. Ultimately, she would like to be a judge, according to information provided to Rotary International.

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