More students will be able to live out the University’s mission to educate leaders for a global society thanks to the CLU Alumni Board’s ambitious fundraising campaign. During CLU’s 50th anniversary celebration, the board raised an unprecedented $1 million to enable more students to become engaged world citizens.
The Study Abroad Endowment Fund will generate up to $50,000 a year for study abroad grants and will dramatically increase the number of students who can afford to make international study part of their educational experience, according to Study Abroad Director
Lisa Loberg ’98.
Three scholarships have already been awarded, enabling students to study in Australia, France and Portugal during this spring semester. A fourth student received funds to study and work for a nonprofit immigration agency through the Washington Semester Program.
“I chose [CLU] because I knew I would benefit from the well-rounded education opportunities, such as the study abroad program,” said Danika Briggs, a junior communication major who is studying at Southern Cross University in New South Wales. “Learning is the main reason I am here and, in my opinion, traveling is the ultimate learning experience. I feel that study abroad will help me excel by allowing me to experience another culture firsthand.”
Nationally, the number of American students studying abroad is on the rise. CLU is keeping pace with that trend through the newly endowed scholarship and several external and partner-affiliate grants that have recently been awarded.
Four students received Benjamin A. Gilman scholarships to study in Argentina, Indonesia and South Korea this spring. The awards, sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State, require a “follow-on” project upon completion of the academic program.
The Los Angeles Chinese Consulate awarded comprehensive scholarships to two CLU students to study in China – one for a semester and the other for a full academic year. Three students were awarded Ernst Mach scholarships for study in Graz, Austria.
“Students who study overseas come back with new ideas about themselves, their goals and the world,” said Loberg. “Their experiences influence their decisions for the rest of their lives.”