University of Wisconsin–Madison students preparing to embark on a variety of international programs gathered December 4, 2013 at the Pyle Center – joined by family and friends – to hear words of encouragement and to receive scholarships to help pay their way.
More than 130 undergraduates – most going abroad during the winter intersession or spring 2014 semester – were honored at the Fall 2013 Study Abroad Scholarship Award Ceremony, hosted by the Division of International Studies, International Academic Programs (IAP), and International Internship Program (IIP). More than $265,000 in scholarship awards were announced.
“Study abroad is such a transformative experience for students, we are truly grateful to the donors and alumni who provide the scholarships that make it possible for students to participate,” says IAP Director Dan Gold, who served as emcee for the ceremony.
“It is wonderful to have this opportunity to meet and honor the students, and their families,” Gold says. “It is great sharing their excitement about the journeys they are about to embark on.”
He adds, “It allows me to reflect on my own experiences abroad and the impact it had on my own professional and academic development as they embark on their own journeys.”
During his keynote remarks, Charles Snowdon, emeritus professor of psychology and chair of IAP’s Faculty Advisory Committee, talked about his own international experiences and encouraged the students to make the most of their experiences.
Hannah Roliff and Bri Moritz, two students who recently studied abroad, also had advice for their peers headed overseas.