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UGA student from Cumming awarded scholarship for study abroad

by Staff Reports

December 03, 2013

Erin Lawless
ATHENS, Ga. The University of Georgia Office of Sustainability awarded a scholarship to UGA graduate student Erin Lawless, a first-year graduate student from Cumming, for study abroad opportunities in sustainability.

The award is made possible by the Brittney Fox Watts Memorial Endowment, established by the family of UGA alumnus Brittney Fox Watts to "honor her creative spirit, adventurous soul and loving heart and to empower individuals to address the health and well-being of people and communities around the globe."

Lawless, a student in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences' textiles, merchandising and interiors department, plans to participate in a China study abroad experience titled "Global Sourcing of Soft Goods."

Through enhanced understanding of current textile production methods, Lawless plans to become better equipped to promote sustainable, fair-trade practices in the fashion industry. In an undergraduate study abroad, she had the opportunity to work with a master dressmaker in Ghana and learn from the craftspeople that developed the products.

"As part of my studies, I hope to travel to China to broaden my perspective and learn more about the trade practices that take place there," said Lawless.

She plans to use this experience to "study the holistic perspective of the apparel and textile industry in China and the humanistic approach to sustainability in fashion."

The Brittney Fox Watts Endowment for Study Abroad in Sustainability provides support to students who share passions for travel, experiencing different cultures and embracing sustainable practices to address the health and well-being of individuals and communities around the globe. A $500 enhancement is provided to select UGA undergraduate and graduate students attending a UGA-sponsored education abroad or exchange program focused on sustainability.