Luther's Katie Hale earns Castañeda Memorial Scholarship

Luther College junior Katie Hale of Marion, Iowa, received the Dr. Carlos E. Castañeda Memorial Scholarship. Hale will study in Paris, France, with the International Studies Abroad program for the 2014 spring semester.

Hale, the daughter of Kristin Hale of Marion, Iowa, is a 2011 graduate of Linn-Mar High School. She is majoring in English and French at Luther.

"Getting this scholarship was such a huge honor for me and I'm so happy to have some extra help to make my trip to Paris possible," said Hale. "I chose Paris because I knew that I could never do everything I wanted to do in Paris on a trip there. I'm sure even five months won't be enough time to do everything, but it will be better than just two or three weeks on vacation."

As a testament to Castañeda's early struggles and lifelong pursuit of academic excellence, ISA offers $45,000 annually in working scholarships to be used toward ISA programs in memory of Castañeda. Hale will receive $2,000 to put toward study away expenses.

Recipients of the Castañeda Memorial Scholarship have the option of participating as a Castañeda Correspondent, writing about their semester abroad on the ISA Student Blog Hale will write for the ISA blog and will also have a personal blog at

The Dr. Carlos E. Castañeda Memorial Scholarship and Correspondent Internship Opportunity is both a merit and financial need-based scholarship that assists students from affiliated universities with the expenses of studying abroad and seeks to enhance cultural awareness and provide students with the independence and language skills necessary for the workplace.

Carlos E. Castañeda

Born in Camargo, Mexico, in 1896, Carlos E. Castañeda immigrated to the United States with his family when he was in the sixth grade. He quickly gained fluency in English and excelled in school. Orphaned at the age of 14, Carlos became the head of the household. While caring for four sisters, he continued to educate himself and eventually enrolled in the University of Texas at Austin in 1917, where he earned his B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees.

In 1927 Castañeda returned to the University of Texas and took a position as the librarian of the Genaro García Collection. Over the next 31 years he worked to make this collection, now known as the Benson Latin American Collection, one of the world's most prestigious. An authority on early Mexican and Texan history, Castañeda also became an associate professor of history.

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