News release from IPFW:
IPFW Receives Study Abroad Grant, Creates Six Scholarships
(June 4, 2015) â€” The Generation Study AbroadÂ® initiative of the Institute of International Education (IIE) selected Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) to receive scholarship funding for students to study overseas.
Through the initiative, the Office of International Education will receive $7,500 to support new scholarships for study abroad. The university will match this funding to make a total of six student scholarship awards of $2,500 each. These six scholarships can be used for the cost of tuition, books, travel-related study, service-learning, or internships abroad between now and spring 2016.
According to the IIE, less than 10 percent of American college students study abroad â€” and few of those students are from underrepresented groups.
“These funds will help students who would otherwise be unable or unlikely to study abroad and help them make the most of their experience,” said Meg Underwood, assistant director for international programs, Office of International Education. “We will target sophomores or juniors who have never been abroad and can link their program with an independent study that directly relates to their academic and career goals.”
The six recipients of the Generation Study Abroad grant will complete reflections, research, and other assignments before, during, and after their international studies. These are designed to enhance their experience and bring their knowledge back to campus to help internationalize the IPFW curriculum. Students will work with faculty or staff to identify and participate in an approved program that gives them class credit along with the support and individualized attention to make their time abroad a success.
Upon return, recipients of the Generation Study Abroad grant will present their independent study results to the campus community. They will also participate in a volunteer ambassador program, helping to recruit and prepare prospective students for overseas study.
IIE selected 26 Generation Study Abroad commitment partner colleges and universities to receive its initial round of study abroad scholarships for their students.
The goal of the IIE Generation Study Abroad Scholarships is to help make study abroad opportunities accessible to all students, especially those who are typically underrepresented in U.S. study abroad.
For more information contact Mylrea at 260-481-6923 oror and visit ipfw.edu/study-abroad.
About Institute of International Education
Institute of International Education (IIE) is a world leader in the international exchange of people and ideas. An independent, not-for-profit organization founded in 1919, IIE has a network of 19 offices and affiliates worldwide and over 1,200 member institutions. IIE designs and implements programs of study and training for students, educators, young professionals and trainees from all sectors with funding from government agencies, foundations, and corporations. IIE also conducts policy research and program evaluations, and provides advising and counseling on international education and opportunities abroad. Visit iie.org.
About Generation Study AbroadÂ®
Generation Study Abroad is a five-year initiative of the Institute of International Education (IIE) to mobilize resources and commitments with the goal of doubling the number of U.S. students studying abroad by the end of the decade. Generation Study Abroad seeks to significantly increase participation by bringing employers, governments, associations, and others together to build on current best practices and find new ways to extend study abroad opportunities and resources to tens of thousands of college students whose needs are not currently served by existing study abroad programs.