Mercer University to offer new study abroad scholarship

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Mercer University to offer new study abroad scholarship

The study abroad office is located on the top floor
of Ryals Hall.

The study abroad office is located on the top floor of Ryals Hall.

Suzanna Arul

The study abroad office is located on the top floor of Ryals Hall.

Suzanna Arul

Suzanna Arul

The study abroad office is located on the top floor of Ryals Hall.

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Mercer University kicked off study abroad week with the announcement of their newest study abroad financial aid, the Global Leader Scholarship. The scholarship will be offered annually to up to 10 students for up to $8,000. The scholarship will be available to those who have been accepted to one of Mercer’s long-term study abroad programs, according to a press release from Mercer University. 

These programs must be at least eight weeks in length and be an official Mercer exchange program or through one of the programs provided by an approved affiliate organization.

“It gives students who are in an awkward financial place … an opportunity to participate in study abroad,” Dr. Julie Strecker said. Strecker is the director of international programs and the English Language Institute at Mercer. 

Through the increase of more streamlined financial aid opportunities, Mercer students now have a greater opportunity to expand their worldview with over 30 programs offered in a number of various disciplines.

“I gained more knowledge that I wouldn’t have gained in the United States,” current Mercer nursing student Jaleighya Townsend said. “I had the opportunity to learn about several new cultures … and confirm the field which I am pursuing is for me and my plans after graduation are still my passion.”

The benefits of the study abroad financial aid go beyond that of global interconnectedness, however, as the financial aid and several programs like it have granted more students access to go places they otherwise never would have imagined. 

“I think everyone should go abroad for at least a few months because it really is a life-changing experience,” said current junior public health major Isis Barnes, who studied abroad in Beijing last summer. “When you’re in a different environment, you’re not familiar with where you are and you really see your true potential.” 

Applications for the scholarship will open Oct. 15 for the spring 2020 semester abroad. The deadline is Nov. 15, and winners will be announced at the end of the fall semester. For more information on study abroad opportunities and scholarships, visit mercerabroad.com.

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