A cross-cultural learning experience in Hong Kong this summer helped Patricia Garland view sustainability problems and solutions from a new perspective.
â€œCulturally, it was one of the best experiences Iâ€™ve ever had. I had never been able to work with other cultures in this capacity,â€ said Garland, the 2014 spring recipient of the Dr. Adrian R. Lawler Exchange Scholarship. â€œIt was fascinating.â€
The Lawler Scholarship supports international study programs and is administered by the Oak Ridge Public Schools Education Foundation. Lawler, an Oak Ridge High School graduate and the second student here to participate in an American Field Service international program in 1957, established the scholarship in 2008 to offer students here similar opportunities to gain tolerance and understanding of people from other cultures.
Garland, 23, a 2009 ORHS graduate, studied abroad through a program at Arizona State University, where she is working on her masterâ€™s degree in sustainability. She received her bachelorâ€™s degree in environmental science, with a concentration on sociology and anthropology, from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She is the daughter of Sid and Anne Garland. [Read more…]