on November 1, 2017 on 11/1/17

The Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) Launches Its Access Advisory Board (AAB) and Access Partner Program

For Immediate Release
Contact: Genilson Brandao
Fund for Education Abroad
202-286-7641

Study Abroad Providers and Industry Leaders Join Program to Help Increase Number of Scholarships for U.S. College Students Underrepresented in International Education

Washington, D.C., November 1, 2017. The Fund for Education Abroad (FEA), a nonprofit that provides study abroad scholarships for underrepresented U.S. undergraduates with a demonstrated financial need, today announced the launch of its Access Advisory Board (AAB) and Access Partner Program.

The AAB is a collaborative venture that was developed to bring together study abroad providers and international education leaders as Access Partners to create scholarship opportunities for students with financial need seeking to participate in international education academic programs. AIFS Study Abroad, CAPA The Global Education Network, CIEE, SIT Study Abroad, The Institute for Study Abroad (IFSA-Butler), Terra Dotta, The Intern Group, and The University of Auckland have joined as members.

“We’re thrilled to welcome our Access Partners to this new, exciting initiative for us,” said Jennifer Calvert, Executive Director for FEA. “Not only are they major players as providers of international education programs, but they share our unwavering commitment to support American college students in need – especially first-generation, community college, and minority students – to achieve their dreams to study abroad.”

Access Partners have pledged support of up to $5,000 per academic semester to FEA scholarship applicants who are planning to participate on one of their study abroad programs. Qualified applicants studying on programs hosted by providers in FEA’s Access Partner program may receive additional dedicated scholarship funds. Detailed information is available at http://fundforeducationabroad.org/applicants.

About the Fund for Education Abroad
The Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to increase the opportunities for dedicated U.S. undergraduate students to participate in high-quality, rigorous education abroad programs by reducing financial restrictions through the provision of scholarships. Scholarships are awarded with a preference for underrepresented students in study abroad, including first-generation, community college, and minority students. FEA envisions a future in which any American student who dreams of studying abroad will be able to participate. We believe the value of education abroad is so great that no barrier – financial, curricular, or personal – should be insurmountable. We foresee a future in which our scholars work to increase global understanding, provide leadership to their communities, and mentor future generations of FEA scholars. FEA won the 2015 Diversity Abroad Excellence in Diversifying Internal Education Award and GoAbroad Foundation’s 2015 Innovation in Philanthropy Award.

About Our Access Partners
AIFS Study Abroad. Leading provider of study abroad programs having served over 1.5 million students since 1964. AIFS has the resources and experience to provide what their students want and need in a study abroad program, and to safeguard their welfare around the globe.

CAPA The Global Education Network. CAPA has worked with institutions of higher education to build programs that meet their goals for learning abroad. They operate education centers in Global Cities and have developed distinct academic offerings, support frameworks, and oversight structures for their students and visiting faculty.

CIEE. Creates opportunities that help bring people together, fostering the development of understanding and mutual respect between communities and nations by promoting the exchange of ideas and experiences. CIEE helps give students, teachers, and young professionals from across the world skills that make them active and responsible global citizens.

Institute for Study Abroad (IFSA-Butler). Provides quality study abroad opportunities, plus academic and personal support services, for qualified North American undergraduates seeking to earn academic credit through study abroad. While the Institute for Study Abroad has an affiliation with Butler University for transcripts and other purposes, it is a separate organization.

SIT Study Abroad. SIT has been providing immersive, field-based study abroad programs for undergraduates for more than 50 years. SIT offers more than 70 programs in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Latin America, and the Middle East, as well as comparative programs in multiple locations.

Terra Dotta. Terra Dotta’s international education roots and innovative software capabilities serve the complex needs of many educational and business offices. It provides products and services in higher education software to more than 575 educational institutions and businesses.

The Intern Group. Award-winning, social enterprise that takes top applicants and significantly improves their skills and employability via our international internship programs. They are a global leader in the international internship area: one of the fastest growing segments of the international education industry.

The University of Auckland. New Zealand’s largest research-led public university known for the excellence of its teaching, research, and service to local, national, and international communities.

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