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for undergraduates but for law school applicants as well,
Alexander said.
It's not a model that every campus could replicate,
but the place to start may be to ask state legislators and
the governor about matching endowment gifts to state
universities.

Michigan State Started Small
but Built a Mighty Endowment
Michigan State University operates one of the country's
largest study abroad programs, each year sending 2,400 or
more students, three-quarters of whom receive some form
of assistance. "Within our office, we have a combined $4
million in endowments for scholarships," said Brett Berquist, executive director of the Office of Study Abroad.
"This generates approximately $200,000 per year, which we
match from operating funds for about $430,000 in scholarships distributed directly through our office." But many
Michigan State colleges and divisions have even greater
resources of their own for education abroad, and they add
up to $2.3 million a year in study abroad scholarships.
"Increasing scholarship endowments for education
abroad is part of our university goals. We joined IIE's
Generation Study Abroad with the goal, among others,
of doubling our endowment," Berquist said. "We recently
sent out our first-ever direct mail campaign to 30,000
study abroad alumni."
Michigan State was among the USCEFT grantees in
the China 100,000 Initiative and has also gotten six-figure
gifts for study abroad from the Coca-Cola Foundation and
Amway. Its website offers a compendium of information on
dozens of sources of study abroad scholarships from outside
the university, including the Foundation for Global Scholars,
launched in 2006 by GlobaLinks Learn Abroad's Cynthia
Banks and Sheila Houston (GlobaLinks, originally AustraLearn, recently merged with International Studies Abroad).
Michigan State first established an endowment for
study abroad in 1984 under then-director Charles Gliozza,
who wrote an account in the July/August 2007 International Educator about how the endowment came about.
The then-Office of Overseas Study put up the first few
thousand dollars and promptly raised $2,725 from a telethon appeal to alumni and faculty who had taught study
abroad courses, but it took until 1989 to reach the $20,000
level that the university then required to be recognized
as an endowment. Gliozza said commissions on sales of
Britrail, Eurail, and International Student Identity Cards
were earmarked for the endowment, as well as profits on
foreign currency. His office subsequently raised large gifts
from corporations and the MSU Federal Credit Union.
Nowadays, he wrote, the environment "is certainly more
favorable than the 1980s for supporting education abroad,
particularly in establishing an endowment."

Prestige of Outside Grants
Can Free Up Internal Funds

W

hile it is not always possible for
international offices to match or multiply
gifts or grants, landing the outside
money raises the stature of study abroad

programs and often elevates their standing with university
leaders. One international educator at a public university
was surprised to get a congratulatory call out of the blue
from the head of the statewide higher education system
who had just learned from an article in InsideHigherEd that
the campus had landed a USCETF grant to send students
to China. Separately, DeDe Long, director of study abroad
and international exchange at the University of ArkansasFayetteville, observed, "University leaders love to proclaim
that they've gotten these grants. They are more willing to
invest their own funds when you have the prize out there."

Major Gifts Form the Bedrock for
Study Abroad Endowments
Like any large fundraising drive for a worthy cause, major
endowments are built not on small donations but big gifts
in the six- and seven-figure range, whether from individuals, corporations, credit unions, or foundations. Former
University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman and
University of South Florida President Judy Genshaft set
an example at their institutions by each donating with
their spouses more than $1 million to send presidential
"scholars" to study overseas. Coleman, who is retiring,
also has donated her pay increases in their entirety to
study abroad scholarships.
Ohio State University has made study abroad a priority in its current $2.5 billion fundraising campaign, which
started in 2012 and is already closing in on the $2 billion mark. Some $10 million came in the form of a $5
million donation and a pledge of $5 million more from
Keith Monda, the retired CEO of the luxury goods maker
Coach, Inc., and wife Linda to provide $6,000 "Monda
International Experience Scholarships" to 50 arts and
science majors each year and eventually to 100. Monda,
an alumnus, said, "Our objective was to do a little bit to
level the playing field, to make sure that everybody who
has an interest in understanding the broader world has
the opportunity to do that. If you look around this troubled world that we live in, maybe some of the problems
wouldn't be as extreme if people at least understood the
other individual's point of view." Nearly 2,000 Ohio State
students study abroad each year.
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Contents
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Going Home to Teach
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Frontlines: Framing the Discussion
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