EI joins FEA’s Access Partner Program to promote equity and inclusion in study abroad.
Washington, D.C., June 9, 2021 – Study in leading universities in Ireland is now within reach of American students traditionally underrepresented in study abroad thanks to the new Inclusive Ireland Scholarships made possible by a $25,000 annual grant from Education in Ireland (EI) and its partnership with the Fund for Education Abroad. As the newest member of FEA’s Access Partner Program, EI joins other leaders in international education working collaboratively to increase equity and inclusion in study abroad.
Beginning with the Spring 2022 semester, Inclusive Ireland Scholarship recipients will receive up to $5000 from EI in scholarship funding. In addition, a number of Irish universities have committed to offering FEA Scholars generous tuition waivers. The scholarships and waivers will be available each year for single-semester terms in fall, spring and summer.
“Ireland is committed to welcoming students of all backgrounds and identities to study at our universities. I’ve long admired FEA’s work in breaking down barriers and increasing access to international opportunities, and am thrilled that this new partnership will allow us to support so many scholars to study in Ireland.”EI Vice President Sara Dart
The FEA Access Partner Program brings together study abroad providers, institutions, and other international education leaders to increase scholarship opportunities for students with financial need seeking to participate in study abroad programs. The Access Partners share a commitment to FEA’s core mission to increase equity and inclusion in study abroad programs for students of color, first-generation college students, community college students, and other students traditionally underrepresented in the American study abroad population.
The program has grown from its 2017 launch to include 14 total Access Partners today: CAPA The Global Education Network, CET Academic Programs, DIS, AIFS, The American University in Cairo, FIE: Foundation for International Education, GoAbroad.com, The Institute for Study Abroad (IFSA), The Intern Group, The School for Field Studies (SFS), School for International Training (SIT), University of Auckland, and the University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC).
“We are so grateful for the support of Education in Ireland as we work to diversify the U.S. study abroad population. The Access Partners are a unique group because they are almost all competitors, but they are united by a common goal—collaboratively changing the face of study abroad.”FEA Chair Anne Krieg
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About the Fund for Education Abroad
The Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) is a 501(c)(3) whose mission is to provide scholarships and ongoing support to students who are underrepresented among the U.S. study abroad population, making life-changing, international experiences accessible to all by supporting students of color and first-generation college students before, during, and after they participate in education abroad programs. FEA Access Partners participate on the Access Advisory Board (AAB), established to share best practices in international education and actively engage in FEA’s mission to increase the number of Americans studying abroad. FEA is a Guidestar Platinum participant, and won the 2019 Scholarship Provider of the Year Award by NSPA. Follow FEA at www.fundforeducationabroad.org, and on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram and Twitter: @FEAScholarships.
About Education In Ireland
Enterprise Ireland manages the Education in Ireland national brand under the authority of the Minister for Education and Skills. Enterprise Ireland is responsible for the promotion of Irish Higher Education Institutions overseas.
Enterprise Ireland is the Irish state agency responsible for supporting the development of manufacturing and internationally traded services companies. Enterprise Ireland provides funding and supports for companies – from entrepreneurs with plans for a high potential start-up through to large companies expanding their activities, improving efficiency and growing export sales. We also provide funding and supports for college based researchers to assist in the development, protection and transfer of technologies into industry via licensing or spin-out companies.