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Thursday, March 30, 2017
The Fund for Education Abroad Doubles Commitment to Increasing Access to Study Abroad with 51 Scholarships Totaling $225,000
WASHINGTON, DC, March 30, 2017 – The Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) has increased access to international education by granting a record-breaking 51 scholarships totaling $225,000 to US students consistently underrepresented in study abroad. These figures represent a doubling of the number of scholarships and a $75,000 (50%) increase over funds granted last year.
The students come from a variety of racial, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds and represent higher education institutions across the country. Students will be studying across the globe, from a minimum of four weeks to a full academic year. FEA funds scholarships of up to $10,000 for study abroad.
With this year’s scholars, a total of 168 students, including minority, LGBTQI, first-generation, community college, and students studying in non-traditional destinations have benefited from over $700,000 in scholarships granted since FEA’s inception in 2010. This year, 90% of the students are of minority backgrounds, and a large majority of scholars (84%) are first-generation college students. Almost all (96%) awardees will study the host country language. Additionally, 46% of all the FEA scholars have a community college background.
“Investing in international education is investing in our nation’s future,” said Adam Cooper, Senior Vice President of the US division of STA Travel, which funds a dedicated scholarship for FEA. “Students who travel abroad have formative experiences that influence the course of their lives.” The STA Travel Start the Adventure scholarship provides for individual students and gives discretionary, capacity-building grants to international education departments to strategically fund another student.
“We are tremendously grateful for the continued and ever-increasing support of FEA donors. Their generosity has helped us augment our giving each year, making the life-enhancing dream of study abroad come true for more students,” said FEA Executive Director Jennifer Calvert. “FEA scholars and all students who study abroad grow to be some of our nation’s best public diplomats.”
The 2017 FEA scholarship winners were selected from a pool of nearly 1,500 applicants representing approximately 440 colleges and universities across the country. A team of 102 volunteer reviewers individually read and reviewed each application.
The 2017 Fund for Education Abroad Scholars include:
Mirza Ahmed (SUNY – New Paltz) Germany, Academic Year 2017-18
Zhaoyi Yan (CUNY-Hunter College) South Korea, Summer 2017
Chi-Yen Yao (University of Maryland) United Kingdom, Academic Year 2017-18 *DC Area Scholar
Rose Yeh (University of Texas – Austin) Chile (IES Abroad), Summer 2017
Jae Yu (University of California – Santa Barbara) Thailand, Academic Year 2017-18
Kazandra Zelaya (Claremont McKenna College) Argentina (Sage Corps), Summer 2017
Bemnet Zewdie (Boston College) Ghana (CIEE), Spring 2018 *BASAA Scholar
FEA offers general and dedicated scholarships. Dedicated scholarships include numerous regional scholarships, the Hiliary Echo Douglas Memorial scholarship, which is dedicated to those who wish to travel to Vietnam, the Jane Gluckmann & Carol Rausch Go Global scholarship, for students studying abroad in Mexico, Central America, South America, France, or Germany, and a Rainbow scholarship for students nationwide who self-identify as LGBTQI.