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During the 2010–2011 academic year, more than 280 Schreyer Ambassador Travel Grants totaling $186,000 were awarded to Schreyer Scholars engaged in study, research, service or internships abroad. Since 1997, Schreyer Ambassador Travel Grants have funded more than 2,000 international experiences, for a total support of approximately $2 million. “We still have first-generation college students who could not afford an international opportunity without this support,” says Michele “Mitch” Kirsch, director of administrative operations at Schreyer. “Donors who have an interest in expanding opportunities for students find funding study abroad very rewarding.”

the cheney’s Gift to Fund an endowment to Help Students Study Abroad
N 2006, University of Wyoming (UW) President Tom Buchanan, Vice President for Institutional Advancement Ben Blalock, and former Senator Alan Simpson were invited to the White House to meet with then U.S. vice president Dick Cheney, and his wife Lynne, to discuss their desire to give a major gift to the university. “At that meeting, the family emphasized their desire to focus the gift on students and on international programs at UW,” says Anne M. Alexander, director of international programs. The initial amount of the gift was $1.6 million: combined with matching funds provided by the state, the total initial endowment was $3.6 million. “Through endowment growth and further donations from others around the state and nation, it has grown to $5 million,” Alexander says. “Our goal is to continue growing the endowment through donations to $10 million.” Part of the initial money was set aside to renovate a portion of an existing building on campus, to transform it into the Cheney International Center, which houses study abroad and other international programs. “The rest of the endowment was earmarked to directly support students going to study abroad,” says Alexander. While the Cheney scholarships are to be used for direct grants to students only, when students are funded for education abroad, there is a ripple effect that helps support international programs in other ways. At UW, for example, plans are currently underway to introduce an international experience into the international business curriculum. The university’s robust relationships with institutions in various parts of the world, along with available funding to support student participation in such programs, can help drive success for new ideas and programs. Because students can apply for the Cheney grants to be used for different types of education abroad experiences, it can boost participation in interesting education abroad programs that faculty members develop.

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For example, several years ago, the UW nursing faculty began a program called the Wyoming Honduras Brigade. “They have been taking students to Honduras, where they are working with an NGO partner, to do clinical work for the past three years. Now the students are so enthusiastic, and the college is so enthusiastic, that they are raising money to build a clinic there. And while they focus their fundraising efforts on getting funds for the clinic, we can be sure for a long time into the future that our students will be able to get there to continue with their clinical practice work,” Alexander says, adding, “This kind of funding can be a good building block for colleges that may not traditionally have had a lot of experience or resources in international work.” Nearly all of the students in the Wyoming Honduras Brigade are funded through Cheney scholarships “as well as our own fundraising efforts,” says Alexander. “We have funded about 75 students for this program over the last two academic years.” Alexander and her team work hard to ensure that the benefits of the funding reaches beyond the students and programs most directly affected. “We’re trying to find ways to make sure that students who may not ever, and who may not wish to ever, go abroad can still have a chance to get some flavor of what the students did while they are abroad, and why it was life-changing.” Recipients of the travel grants are expected to “give back” to international programs in some way, whether it’s helping to welcome international students when they arrive in Wyoming, writing articles for the international programs office, blogging about their experiences while abroad, or talking to students at brown bag lunches after they return. “I think it’s important for students, particularly in a place like Wyoming, even the ones who can’t go abroad, to have access to that global view,” Alexander says.

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A Gift With Flexibility
ot ALL gIfts for education abroad come with strings attached. For the University of Wyoming, this has been a fortunate advantage to receiving the funds. “The Cheneys gave us a great deal of leeway in how we designed the scholarships and how to distribute the funds,” explains Alexander. “What they cared about is helping students go abroad.” Alexander was able to decide how to allocate funds as well as the requirements for students to receive the Cheney scholarships. She allocates approximately 50 to 60 percent of the funds from the endowment per year toward students participating in faculty-led education abroad programs. The remainder is for students participate in study abroad on their own, which could be year-long, semester-length or summer programs. The University of Wyoming International Programs Office was also able to decide on all of the requirements for receiving a scholarship and whether the scholarships would be applicable for credit or non-credit programs. They decided to require a minimum GPA of 3.0 (with exceptions for first-generation, minority, or nontradi-

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International Educator - May/june 2011
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Frontlines
In Brief
Voices UBC President Stephen J. Toope
Building Partnerships: Indonesia and the United States
One Path— Many Destinations
Windfall Scholarships for Education Abroad
66 Weaving Service Into Study Abroad
FSA
International Enrollment
Partnering
A View From Out Here
Forum
In Focus
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International Educator - May/June 2011 - Voices UBC President Stephen J. Toope
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