Fund for Education Abroad Awards 124 New Flexible Scholarships for Study Abroad

Six new scholarships launched as total scholarships top $2 million

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WASHINGTON, DC, March 27, 2020 – The Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) has increased access to international education by granting 124 new scholarships to US students consistently underrepresented in study abroad. These flexible scholarships are deferrable through summer 2021, a new offering introduced by FEA to help students survive the current global disruption to higher education and international travel caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Including this new cohort, a total of 590 scholars, including minority, first-generation college and community college students, have benefited from over $2.1 million in scholarships granted since FEA’s inception in 2010. This year, 88% of awarded scholars are first-generation college students, 94% are minority, and 35% either transferred from or are attending community college.

“In finalist interviews over the past two weeks, students overwhelmingly expressed resolve to pursue their study abroad dreams,” said FEA Executive Director Jennifer Calvert. “In an economic downturn, scholarships are necessary to get students on programs. FEA is the only non-governmentally funded national study abroad scholarship provider.”

New this year are four named and dedicated scholarships, including the first ever funded by an FEA Scholar, the Breakout Scholarship for Community College Students, funded by FEA Alumna Sarahann Yeh and John Poor. Also new are the Eleni Zachariou Memorial Scholarship for Study in Greece, the Holland America Line Scholarship for Students Studying Travel and Tourism, and the Kacenga-Cladera Family Rainbow Scholarship. The American University in Cairo and the University of Auckland have also funded two new Access Partner Scholarships.

“We expect FEA will be a vital resource to the study abroad sector as it emerges from the current global health and economic crisis,” said FEA Chair Anne Krieg. “We are particularly grateful to the donors funding six new scholarships, and to all our supporters and partners who have helped us award more than $2 million in scholarships in a decade.”

FEA funds scholarships of up to $10,000 for study abroad, enabling students to study across the globe for a minimum of four weeks to a full academic year. Selected from a pool of over 2,350 applicants, the 2020 FEA Scholars represent 94 higher education institutions across the US.

The list of 2020 FEA Scholars are:

  1. Hasan Abdel-Nabi (Tufts University, MA), 2020, Jordan
  2. Vincent Acri (Elon University, NC), 2020, England, *FIE: Foundation for International Education Access Partner Scholarship
  3. Allison Agthe (University of Texas at Austin, TX), 2020, China, *CET Academic Programs Access Partner Scholarship
  4. Reem Albishah (University of Houston, TX), 2020, New Zealand, *University of Auckland Access Partner Scholarship
  5. Jeyson Aldana (University of California, Santa Cruz, CA), 2020, South Korea
  6. Manar Ali (The College of New Jersey, NJ), 2020, Egypt, *American University in Cairo Access Partner Scholarship
  7. Sebastian Araujo (Los Angeles Pierce College, CA), 2020, France
  8. Ayaa Asoba (Macalester College, MN), 2020, Argentina, *IFSA Access Partner Scholarship
  9. Nicole Banuelos (Skyline College, CA), 2020, Ireland, *Breakout Scholarship for Community College Students
  10. Atziri Barboza Gonzalez (California State University, Fresno, CA), 2020, Spain, *USAC Access Partner Scholarship
  11. Braeden Bierwiler (Stony Brook University, NY), 2020, Madagascar
  12. Derrick Burnette (Goucher College, MD), 2020, England, *Cyril Taylor Memorial Scholarship for Study in the UK
  13. Michelle Bustamante (University of Arizona, AZ), 2020, Guatemala, *Martha and Jeff Johnson Scholarship
  14. Katherine Cabrera (Florida International University, FL) 2020, India, *South India Term Abroad (SITA) Nallennam Scholarship
  15. Maria Calderon (University of Pittsburgh, PA), 2020, China, *CET Academic Programs Access Partner Scholarship
  16. Emma Carlo (Niagara University, NY), 2020, Peru, *Holland America Line Scholarship for Travel and Tourism
  17. Madisyn Carrington (Weber State University, UT), 2020, England, *Cyril Taylor Memorial Scholarship for Study in the UK
  18. Analise Castillo (University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA), 2020, Argentina, *IFSA Access Partner Scholarship
  19. Sierra Cazassa (Boston University, MA), 2020, Argentina
  20. Daniela Chavez (University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE), 2020, Argentina, *SIT Access Partner Scholarship
  21. Monroe Clayton (Auburn University, AL), 2020, Egypt, *American University in Cairo Access Partner Scholarship
  22. Sujey Coloma (University of South Florida, FL), 2020, Italy
  23. Geneis Crime (Mercer University, GA), 2020, Thailand, *Hiliary Echo Douglas Memorial Scholarship
  24. Ashley Cruz (University of Houston, TX), 2020, Jordan, *SIT Access Partner Scholarship
  25. Bionca Cummings (Albany State University, GA), 2020, Ghana, *NAFSA Tamara H. Bryant Memorial Scholarship
  26. Stephanie Daniel (University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC), 2020, Spain
  27. Uriyah Davis (University of North Georgia, GA), 2020, Spain
  28. La’Kendra Deitche (Purdue University, Fort Wayne, IN), 2020, Spain, *NAFSA Tamara H. Bryant Memorial Scholarship
  29. Stacy Dena (Northern Arizona University, AZ), 2020, Columbia, *The Intern Group Access Partner Scholarship
  30. Robin Deskins (Eastern Washington University, WA), 2020, Japan, *The Intern Group Access Partner Scholarship
  31. Teresa Di Leonardo (University of Washington, WA), 2020, Nepal, *SIT Access Partner Scholarship
  32. David Diaz Aguirre (University of New Mexico, NM), 2020, Japan
  33. Re’Onna Durham (University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, PA), 2020, England, *CAPA The Global Education Network Access Partner Scholarship
  34. Melissa Flores (University of Georgia, GA), 2020, South Africa
  35. Kevin Fong (Colby College, ME), 2020, Netherlands, Germany, Poland, and the Czech Republic, *Rainbow Scholarship
  36. Tishana Foster (University of Rochester, NY), 2020, Denmark, *The A. Rewari Family Scholarship for Study in Denmark
  37. Precious Franks (Hampton University, VA), 2020, *FIE: Foundation for Global Education Access Partner Scholarship
  38. Richard Garcia (Clemson University, SC), 2020, Italy
  39. Noah Gore (Albany State University, GA), 2020, England, *CAPA The Global Education Network Access Partner Scholarship
  40. Madeline Gross (Colorado State University, CO), 2020, Cambodia, Tanzania, *The School for Field Studies Access Partner Scholarship
  41. Salma Guerrero (Westminster College, PA), 2020, Spain
  42. Caroline Haidinger (University of South Florida, FL), 2020, Italy
  43. Dakota-Kanae Harris (University of Southern Mississippi, MS), 2020, England, *NAFSA Tamara H. Bryant Memorial Scholarship
  44. Shon Harris (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI), 2020, Jordan, *CET Academic Programs Access Partner Scholarship
  45. Luis Hernandez-Guerrero (University of Colorado, Denver, CO), 2020, Singapore, *Kacenga-Cladera Family Rainbow Scholarship
  46. Gissell Maria Hernandez (California State University, Stanislaus, CA), 2020, England, *USAC Access Partner Scholarship
  47. Samuel Hernandez Jr (Pomona College, CA), 2020, Ecuador, *SIT Access Partner Scholarship
  48. Win Hon (Grand Valley State University, MI), 2020, China, *SIT Access Partner Scholarship
  49. Janie Huang (Boston University, MA), 2020, Czech Republic, *BASAA Scholarship
  50. Qusay Hussein (University of Texas at Austin, TX), 2020, South Africa
  51. Randa Ismail (University of Nebraska, NE), 2020 France, *Lincoln Steckley-Weitzel Family Scholarship
  52. Alana Jimenez (Boston University, MA), 2020, Argentina
  53. Mohammad Khan (Baruch College (CUNY), NY), 2020, Japan
  54. Mohamed Khashafa (Michigan State University, MI), 2020, Greece, *Eleni Zachariou Memorial Scholarship for Study in Greece
  55. Jaqueria Lacy (University of South Florida, FL), 2020, Italy, *NAFSA Tamara H. Bryant Memorial Scholarship
  56. Celeste Lan (Agnes Scott College, GA), 2020, Netherlands, *Malú Alvarez Global Access Scholarship
  57. Sana Leebe (Loyola University of Chicago, IL), 2020, Jordan, *Malú Alvarez Global Access Scholarship
  58. Ellery Lewis (Oregon State University, OR), 2020, Cambodia, Bhutan, *The School for Field Studies Access Partner Scholarship
  59. Hannah Linkous (The Ohio State University, OH), 2020, Denmark, *DIS Access Partner Scholarship
  60. Pablo Loayza-Palomino (University of California, Davis, CA), 2020, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, *Jan Kieling Rainbow Scholarship
  61. Ivonne Lopez Hernandez (University of Colorado, Denver, CO), 2020, South Korea
  62. Dina Louis (University of Rhode Island, RI), 2020, Taiwan
  63. Sally Lu (Johns Hopkins University, MD), 2020, France
  64. Phillip Ly (University of North Georgia, GA), 2020, Japan, *Artigas-Etchegaray Scholarship
  65. Vince Ly (University of California, San Diego, CA), 2020, Japan
  66. Yeganeh Malouhi (California Polytechnic State University, Pomona, CA), 2020, Denmark, *DIS Access Partner Scholarship
  67. Kayla McDonough (King’s College, PA), 2020, England, *CAPA The Global Education Network Access Partner Scholarship
  68. Dimitri Medina (University of Florida, FL), 2020, Spain
  69. Raelene Mendieta (San Francisco State dUniversity, CA), 2020, England, *Cyril Taylor Memorial Scholarship for Study in the UK
  70. Jacqueline Meza (Brandeis University, MA), 2020, Denmark, *DIS Access Partner Scholarship
  71. Diana Meza Garcia (University of Nevada, Reno, NV), 2020, Uruguay, *USAC Access Partner Scholarship
  72. Karla Minne, (Brandeis University, MA), 2020, Denmark, *DIS Access Partner Scholarship
  73. Louisa Montano (University of Dallas, TX), 2020, Italy
  74. Jiwon Moon (Cornell University, NY), 2020, Zambia, *Calvert Family Scholarship
  75. Alan Moreno (California State University, Los Angeles, CA), 2020, Spain, *AIFS Access Partner Scholarship
  76. Katrina Mulherin (Duquesne University, PA), 2020, China, *CET Academic Programs Access Partner Scholarship
  77. Ejenavi Ojigho (University of Houston, TX), 2020, Mexico, *NAFSA Tamara H. Bryant Memorial Scholarship
  78. Hephzibah Olajimi (University of Texas at Austin, TX), 2020, Greece, *Eleni Zachariou Memorial Scholarship for Study in Greece
  79. Melisa Olea-Gonzalez (University of California, Irvine, CA), 2020, Mexico
  80. Whitney O’Reardon (Wheaton College, IL), 2020, France
  81. Mark Ortiz-Payne (California State University, Long Beach, CA), 2020, England, *Cyril Taylor Memorial Scholarship for Study in the UK
  82. Priscilla Owusu (McDaniel College, MD), 2020, France
  83. Unglid Paul (Union College, NY), 2020, France, *NAFSA Tamara H. Bryant Memorial Scholarship
  84. Alejandra Pequeno (University of Texas, Rio, TX), 2020, China Grande Valley
  85. Alice Pham (Macalester College, MN), 2020, Denmark, *DIS Access Partner Scholarship
  86. Thuy-Vy Pham (University of Southern Mississippi, MS), 2020, Spain
  87. Daisha Phelps (University of Georgia, GA), 2020, Spain, *IFSA Access Partner Scholarship
  88. Breece Phipps (University of Southern California, CA), 2020, England), *Cyril Taylor Memorial Scholarship for Study in the UK
  89. Keshap Poudel (The Ohio State University, OH), 2020, Japan
  90. Mariah Quinn (Bowling Green State University, OH), 2020, Ireland, *AIFS Access Partner Scholarship
  91. Jesus Ramirez (University of California, Los Angeles, CA), 2020, England
  92. Alejandra Ramirez (University of California, Irvine, CA), 2020, Thailand
  93. Brandi Redmond (University of Missouri, Kansas City, MO), 2020, Spain
  94. Kaylee Rodriguez (University of California, Santa Barbara, CA), 2020, England), *Cyril Taylor Memorial Scholarship for Study in the UK
  95. Karina Rodriguez (Loyola University of Chicago, IL), 2020, France
  96. Zion Rogers (Stephen F. Austin State University, TX), 2020, France, *Malú Alvarez Global Access Scholarship
  97. Maribel Ruiz (California Polytechnic State University, Pomona, CA), 2020, Denmark, *DIS Access Partner Scholarship
  98. Allyson Sadegur (West Texas A&M University, TX), 2020, Thailand, *AIFS Access Partner Scholarship
  99. Amber Saint Joy (SUNY Oswego, NY), 2020, England), *CAPA The Global Education Network Access Partner Scholarship
  100. Kevin Sanchez (University of Arizona, AZ), 2020, Italy
  101. Anthony Sandoval (University of Texas at Austin, TX), 2020, Botswana
  102. Steven Santos (University of California, Santa Cruz, CA), 2020, Scotland
  103. Elana Sargent (Drexel University, PA), 2020, England, Italy, *FIE: Foundation for International Education Access Partner Scholarship
  104. Lia Scala (Clark University, MA), 2020, Costa Rica, *The School for Field Studies Access Partner Scholarship
  105. Anthony Sheehi (Cornell University, NY), 2020, Japan, *CET Academic Programs Access Partner Scholarship
  106. Jade Sirisute (University of California, San Diego, CA), 2020, South Africa, Zambia
  107. Briana Slater (University of Maryland, Baltimore County, MD), 2020, Taiwan
  108. Suzietta Smith (University of Texas, Arlington, TX), 2020, Spain, *USAC Access Partner Scholarship
  109. Daydra Smith (Florida State University, FL), 2020, England, *Cyril Taylor Memorial Scholarship for Study in the UK
  110. Kiara Smith (Purdue University, IN), 2020, Mexico, *IFSA Access Partner Scholarship
  111. Ruth Solano-Cardel (Arizona State University, AZ), 2020, England, Italy, *CAPA The Global Education Network Access Partner Scholarship
  112. Aymara Soto (Bunker Hill Community College, MA), 2020, Spain
  113. Kobe Spells (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, CA), 2020, Jordan, *CET Academic Programs Access Partner Scholarship
  114. Luisais Taveras (Hunter College, NY), 2020, Japan, *Malú Alvarez Global Access Scholarship
  115. Deken Taylor (University of North Texas, TX), 2020, Japan
  116. Jacob Teems-Robinson (University of Nevada, Reno, NV), 2020, Spain, *USAC Access Partner Scholarship
  117. Gloria Thompson (Borough of Manhattan Community College, NY), 2020, Spain, *NAFSA Tamara H. Bryant Memorial Scholarship
  118. Quintessence Townsend (University of California, Riverside, CA), 2020, Taiwan, *NAFSA Tamara H. Bryant Memorial Scholarship
  119. Ari Villanueva (University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL), 2020, Sweden, *DIS Access Partner Scholarship
  120. Reyna Wilson (DePauw University, IN), 2020, Simpson Sisters’ Scholarship
  121. Alana Winters (Indiana University, Bloomington IN), 2020, Ghana, *NAFSA Tamara H. Bryant Memorial Scholarship
  122. Candy Yang (Yale University, CT), 2020, Japan, *CET Academic Programs Access Partner Scholarship
  123. Peijun Zhao (University of Houston, TX), 2020, Greece, *Eleni Zachariou Memorial Scholarship for Study in Greece
  124. Jia Min Zheng (Brandeis University, MA), 2020, South Korea

The mission of the Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) 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 minority and first-generation college students before, during, and after they participate in education abroad programs. FEA aims to make the demographics of U.S. undergraduates studying abroad reflect the rich diversity of the U.S. population. FEA won the 2019 NSPA Scholarship Provider of the Year Award, Diversity Abroad Excellence in Diversifying International Education Award in 2015 and GoAbroad.com’s 2015 Innovation in Philanthropy Award.

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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 minority and first-generation college students before, during, and after they participate in education abroad programs. FEA Access Partners participate on the FEA 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 Gold participant, and  won the 2019 Scholarship Provider of the Year Award from the National Scholarship Providers Association, the 2015 Diversity Abroad Excellence in Diversifying International Education Award and GoAbroad.com’s 2015 Innovation in Philanthropy Award.  Follow FEA at www.fundforeducationabroad.org, and on Facebook, LinkedIn, Tumblr and on Twitter: @FEAScholarships.