STEPHANIE SUZANNE STRONG
SUZANNE STRONG SELECTED TO STUDY ABROAD SCHOLARSHIP
(Grandma's Note: This is my favorite picture of Steph.
Can't seem to lighten the shadows that somewhat obscure the view of left
shoulder and arm.)I am so proud of our Steph being selected for her studies in London. She is
presently spending a tremendous amount of hours finalizing and fine-tuning her
portfolio. But with tenacity, fortitude and discipline, she is rounding the
corner. Departure date is July 15th with return date approximately Oct 15th.
I'll miss talking to my sidekick almost everyday, since international cell phone
plans are all quiet expensive. I researched on-line for hours before
selecting the least expensive one I could find. If she has a land/home phone in
her flat, I believe we can communicate a little more cheaply. But she won't
know if that is an accommodation until she arrives there.
Stephanie Strong, an International Academy of Design
and Technology junior, was recently named the recipient of a study abroad
She will be spending her summer quarter studying at the American
Intercontinental University, London, England through a university-sponsored
This scholarship is awarded annually to a student who is pursuing a major in
Interior Design. Her selection for this intercontinental studies and work
program was based on her academic performance, community involvement and her
personal essay. She was one of only five United States students selected from a
field of many competing students.
Stephanie, who carries a 3.67 GPA, has completed three years of a four-year
degree at International Academy of Design and Technology, Sacramento,
California. After graduating from Sheldon High School, Elk Grove, California,
she completed two years at Bay Area Masters Commission, an intense Christian
discipleship program based out of a world-wide organization known as Masters
Commission International. She has a passion for missions and a strong desire to
help in the areas of building and design in third world countries.
She participated in many community volunteer programs such as Habitat, designing
and setting-up various charitable and social events, and walking the 5K
sponsored by her employer, Chili's Restaurant.
Stephanie's parents are Mr. and Mrs. Robby and Sandy Strong of Sacramento,
California. Her grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Robert and Kitty Strong of
I must tell a few amusing stories about some of her volunteer projects. When
she shared some of her Habitat experiences, I couldn't possibly imagine our
Steph slinging a hammer and pouring cement. As President of her interior design
class, she solicited volunteers to help set-up at a local style show. Lots
signed-up, but she called once, tired and exasperated because only two people
showed-up for a large set-up for the style show. She called one morning after
the 5K walk; invigorated, proud of herself and feeling great physically. She
had to work her server's shift at Chili's that evening also. The next day all
the muscles in her body which she hadn't used before were so extremely sore.
Luckily she had the next day off to recuperate.
Steph and I have had tremendous fun getting together on-line at Macy's and Elder
Beerman department stores pouring over the merchandise. We have spent the prior
three months shopping sale and clearance bargains with grandma's credit cards
before her London trip. I think we have put together a fabulous wardrobe. My
only criteria suggestion to Steph was that she would develop a wardrobe with
career sophistication and some European influence. Of course, since the 60's
styles that Michelle Obama is bringing back, were in grandma's heyday, I gave
her a few nudges in that direction. We can envision trips to affluent designer
showrooms and warehouses with my Steph in her dazzling new attire. And who
knows what other functions. Ha! We have fun and enjoy anticipating and
dreaming. As you can see, I'm very proud of our granddaughter and take a
grandma's privilege and opportunity to brag on her.
Love You and Making Memories,
Sue Milner Strong Class of 1955