UW–Madison students preparing to embark on a variety of international experiences in the coming months received words of encouragement and financial support at the spring 2015 International Studies Scholarship Award Ceremony on April 23, at the Gordon Dining and Event Center.
Rebecca Wanta talks about her study abroad experience in Cambodia
The event – hosted by the University of Wisconsin–Madison Division of International Studies, International Internship Program, and International Academic Programs – brought together students, parents, donors, UW faculty and staff. Nearly $325,000 in scholarships was awarded to more than 140 students who will be traveling abroad for academic programs, in addition to grants awarded for internships.
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IAP Director Dan Gold, who served as emcee for the event, praised the generosity of donors: “It’s clear that scholarships serve students by removing financial barriers to study abroad, but they also do much more. These scholarships pave the way for students from underrepresented populations to access a global education that may have otherwise been out of reach.”
Justine Jones speaks about her experiences in Ecuador.
Gold adds, “We also encourage scholarship recipients to complete ‘share your experience’ projects upon their return to Madison, so when these students return home they’re ambassadors for cultural exchange and international learning here on campus.”
Associate Dean Richard Keller gave welcoming remarks on behalf of the Division of International Studies. Sarah K.A. Pfatteicher, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, described how her son’s foray into international experiences went from reluctance to exuberance.
Also, two UW-Madison students who went abroad last summer – Rebecca Wanta, to Cambodia, and Justine Jones, to Ecuador – spoke about their experiences.
On Flickr: More photos from the awards ceremony