Lindsay Janice, a Mount Union University German and international studies major and Japanese minor from Aurora, has been selected by the German Academic Exchange Service as one of 30 young ambassadors to promote study and research in Germany.

A 2011 graduate of Aurora High School, she is the first student from Mount Union to receive this award.

"I am excited to do this," she said. "My studies, involvement on campus and influence from my family have helped fuel my passion. I love talking about Germany and sharing my knowledge with others. I believe that this position will allow me to do more of that.

"I also believe the experience I obtain through this program, along with the contacts and network I will develop, will help me pursue a career within my field of interest."

With Mount Union's foreign language program, she got to study abroad in Germany.

Janice will participate this month in a three-day training workshop in New York City which will help the participants acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote study and research in Germany on their campuses, and learn about the German higher education system and DAAD funding opportunities.

During the upcoming academic year, she will work with the Center for Global Education, volunteer at study abroad affairs, organize events and help plan miscellaneous sessions on campus.

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Austin Hayes, son of Christine Hayes and David Hayes of Aurora, received the Nathaniel Rochester Society Scholarship from the Rochester Institute of Technology. He is a third-year student in the mechanical engineering program in RIT's Kate Gleason College of Engineering.

The NRS scholarship program is made possible by the Nathaniel Rochester Society, RIT's leadership-level donors. This merit scholarship was created in 1991 to recognize RIT undergraduate students for outstanding achievement.

To be eligible for the award, students must be enrolled in a bachelor's degree program at RIT, have a minimum 3.4 cumulative grade-point average, have completed at least 36 credit hours or 12 RIT credit hours for transfer students, and demonstrate leadership, involvement in extracurricular activities and community service.