Thanks to the generosity of our donors, the Center for Global Leadership awarded $200,600 in scholarships and fellowships this academic year in support of international education. The $5,000 Freeman Foundation Scholarships were conferred to thirty students studying and working in China, South Korea, Cambodia and Singapore.
Thirteen undergraduate students received a total of $32,000 in Rammrath Scholarships, including five international students hailing from Vietnam and Guatemala and eight study abroad students that traveled to China, Ireland, the UK, Belgium and New Zealand. Six MBA students that journeyed to the UAE and Australia also received $1,000 Rammrath Scholarships.
Three students received nearly $10,000 in total funding from the Ron Cruse Fellowship to complete service learning internships in Jordan, Nicaragua and Madagascar with the Collateral Repair Project, Blue Energy and Catholic Relief Services. Three additional students received funding from the Center for Global Leadership (CGL) to complete their service learning with America’s Unofficial Ambassadors in Indonesia, the International Commission on Eritrean Refugees in Sweden and CRS in Madagascar.
Liza Hornyak ’18 VSB interned in Shanghai with Jesa Investment & Management Co, Ltd.Jesa Investment & Management Co, Ltd. Jesa is a strategy consultant and investment advisor that helps foreign businesses to enter, grow and thrive in emerging markets. Her main responsibilities included: writing articles for Jesa’s company newsletter and LinkedIn profile, collaborating with other interns to create company profiles, and aiding directors across the company’s division with proper English business language and etiquette. Liza said, “I have transformed my passion for forming cross-cultural friendships and exploring international relations into a reality of pursuing a global business career. I am truly grateful for receipt of the Freeman Foundation Scholarship, which alleviated financial burdens and supported my international business education, as well as my professional development.”
Kyle Graham ’16 COE interned with the Golden West Humanitarian Foundation in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Golden West is a nongovernment organization that operates a wide array of programs to help with the removal of explosive remnants of war (ERW) that still plague the country. The foundation has helped develop a humanitarian low-cost explosive ordinance disposal (EOD) robot. The idea behind the project is to provide the functionality of military grade EOD robots to developing nations. A team of two mechanical engineers and two electrical engineers worked to improve the reliability and functionality of the robot and trained locals on how to use and maintain the robots. “My experience in Cambodia was nothing short of incredible. It was unlike anything I have ever done in my life. The Freeman Scholarship was critical in making this summer possible. The scholarship allowed me to stay much longer than my original funding would have permitted and allowed me to make immeasurable progress on a meaningful project,” added Kyle.
Jenny Kim ’18 VSB interned in Shanghai with Areté Studio, a high-end fashion brand that promotes Chinese culture and female empowerment through their clothes. Her role as a fashion marketing intern was to create compelling content for their social media platforms, assist the marketing manager with ideas and visuals, attend to clients during events and workshops, and organize the fashion show rooms. Jenny stated, “The Freeman Foundation Scholarship was the stepping stone to the most remarkable experience within the marketing industry. It was life-changing, challenging and one to remember for a lifetime.”