LEXINGTON, Va. — Isaac Webb of Waterville, a junior at Washington and Lee University, was recently selected for the spring/summer 2012 Johnson Opportunity Grant. The Johnson Program on Leadership and Integrity awards 25 to 30 grants each year.

Webb will intern with Memorial, an international historical-enlightenment human rights and humanitarian society in Moscow, Russia. The society aims to gather statistical information, study memoirs and transcribe oral testimonies to describe the human rights abuses committed under communism.

Webb is a history and Russian area studies double major and will use the experience to enhance his Russian-language skills and gain hands-on experience of how a non-profit is organized. He began his internship in February while taking classes through Middlebury College’s study abroad program in Moscow.

At the University, Webb is the overall student coordinator for Volunteer Venture, organizing student-led pre-orientation trips devoted to the study of poverty. He also volunteers with Campus Kitchens on campus and is a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity.

The grants cover living, travel and other costs associated with the students’ proposed activities, which are designed to help them with their future careers and fields of study. The grants vary in amount from $1,000 to $4,500 and are funded as part of the Johnson Program in Leadership and Integrity.

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