SSC student earns $500 scholarship.

Cole Kilpatrick, an art major at Seminole State College, has been named to receive a 2014 Kirk Global Studies Scholarship. He is joining the College’s international summer studies program - “Grand Tour of Italy.”


Kilpatrick is a graduate of Tecumseh High School and is a freshman at SSC majoring in art education. The scholarship, for $500, was awarded on the basis of an essay applying the need for a global studies experience to art education.


The scholarship is endowed by the Kirk family in honor of the late Stanley Kirk and is administered through the Seminole State College Foundation. Kelly Kirk, Stan’s brother, has taught art at Seminole State College more than three decades and is a Professor of Art and Global Studies.


The summer tour to northern Italy will last 10 days. The tour can be taken for credit, but it is not mandatory.


Anyone over eighteen may enroll for the tour and a traveler does not have to be a current SSC student. The tour will included guided visits to Venice, Florence, Pisa, Assisi, Pompeii, Sorrento and Rome. The tour is limited to 18.


The tour can be customized for such variables as diet or travel arrangements. The total cost varies from $3,990 to $4,495, which includes college fees, flying in and out of Oklahoma City, most meals, local transportation, guided tour with blue badge guides and most other related expenses. The unknowns are souvenirs, lunch and various package options.


Kelly Kirk is also making arrangements for a June 2015 tour to Edinburgh, London and Dublin. “The 2015 tour already has travelers signed up and the cost of next year’s tour can be spread out over a longer period of time if one signs up now,” said Kirk.


The college started offering global studies tours in 1999 and has conducted one to three tours each year. Most tours have visited England or Italy, but trips have also been conducted to Australia, Greece, France, Germany, China, New Zealand and Egypt. Information is for either tour is available from Toni Wittmann, secretary of the Language Arts and Humanities Division, or from Kelly Kirk, at 405-382-9251 or 405-275-5811.