J. Scott Van Der Meid Memorial Scholarship

Made Possible By: Family, friends, and colleagues of J. Scott Van Der Meid

Description: This scholarship is established in memory of J. Scott Van Der Meid, a long-time supporter of FEA, and beloved husband, son, colleague, and friend. Scott’s experiences studying abroad as a high school student in Germany and as an undergraduate in Japan were formative. Scott was a pioneer in developing advising strategies to support underrepresented students, for example the LGBTQ community and students of diverse ethnic, cultural and faith backgrounds. He influenced positive change in the field of international education, both at Brandeis University where he worked as Associate Dean of Study Abroad, and as a dedicated volunteer to numerous boards, advisory councils, and committees of educational organizations and institutions.

In honor of Scott, his family, friends, and colleagues are establishing this scholarship to continue his legacy of advocating for underrepresented students and increasing diversity in study abroad. This scholarship will be available to deserving U.S. undergraduates in the 2021-2022 academic year attending a study abroad program of at least 4 weeks (28 days). Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident currently enrolled as an undergraduate at a U.S. college or university.

Gifts in Scott’s memory may be given by check and mailed to:

     RSM US LLP
     Attn: Fund for Education Abroad (FEA)
     2021 L St. NW, Suite 400
     Washington, DC 20036