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Honors College Scholarship awarded to Los Alamos student

The 2006 New Mexico State University Honors College Scholarship has been awarded to Marcia Mundt, a junior with a double major in government and communications, a minor in Spanish and an impressive record of community and student service.

Los Alamos student Marcia Mundt has been awarded the New Mexico State University Honors College Scholarship for 2006.

The scholarship includes a $5,000 stipend, designation as an Honors College scholar, a faculty member to monitor the student's development and a foreign travel experience.

Mundt will attend the Summer Institute on Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, sponsored by the Alliance for Conflict Transformation and Bolivia's Nur University. Mundt will also volunteer with organizations in Bolivia that promote economic development and human rights. By participating in these programs, Mundt hopes she will learn more effective peace building techniques and get an opportunity to use them.

Mundt said her minor in Spanish and Bolivia's recent history of conflict and change were among the reasons she chose to visit the South American country. "Bolivia is the perfect country in which to study conflict resolution and peacebuilding as they are going through the process right now," Mundt said.

Mundt has a lengthy resume that includes building houses in Mexico during spring break for four consecutive years, membership in the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and vice presidency of the NMSU Model United Nations Team. She is a member of the NMSU Rotaract, the Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society and has volunteered in such community activities as Keep Las Cruces Beautiful, Habitat for Humanity, Community One and Walk for a Cure.

This is the second year the Honors Scholarship has been awarded. It is given to sophomore and junior students who exemplify the qualities of "intellectual curiosity and achievement, mental agility, questing spirit, moral character and leadership," according to scholarship guidelines.