Arts and Letters Student Wins Prestigious National Hispanic Honor Society Scholarship

Sadie Stoddard, a recent Spanish for the Health Professions (SHP) graduate, was awarded a National Hispanic Honor Society scholarship from Sigma Delta Pi to refine her Spanish in Costa Rica for one month.

Sadie Stoddard, a recent Spanish for the Health Professions (SHP) graduate, was awarded a National Hispanic Honor Society scholarship from Sigma Delta Pi to refine her Spanish in Costa Rica for one month.

While in Costa Rica, Stoddard will be taking a Spanish class that focuses on Spanish medical interpretation and communication with Spanish-speaking patients. Outside of class, she will participate in cultural activities, service opportunities and go on excursions.

Stoddard admits she was surprised when she learned she had won the extremely competitive national competition.

“When I received the email notifying me of the award, it was quite a surprise,” Stoddard said. “I felt very honored to have been given this opportunity to have this experience and to represent ISU.”

The decision to study SHP came easily to Stoddard. After serving an LDS mission in Ecuador, the SHP major became an option at ISU. With her goal to be a physician assistant, Stoddard was drawn in.

“I saw this major as a perfect opportunity to improve my Spanish communication skills so that I can be a more effective healthcare provider,” Stoddard said.

In addition to enjoying the courses, Stoddard credits her success to her professors. She said their commitment to her and her education as well as their love for the Spanish language has been an important inspiration.

Because of her time living in South America as a Spanish-speaking missionary, and her time here in Pocatello working as a medical assistant, Stoddard is excited to spend four weeks in Costa Rica developing her Spanish in the context of medical professions and becoming acquainted with others. She also looks forward to learning from the culture of Costa Rica during her time there.

This is the second year that an ISU student has won the national award. Last year, William Jett received the award to study for one month in Ecuador.

 

Written by Katie Damron, College of Arts and Letters intern

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