AMERICUS (June 12, 2012)—The Study Abroad Program at Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW) has received a grant worth $10,000 from the Mattie H. Marshall Foundation to help provide financial assistance to GSW students participating in GSW Study Abroad.
The grant money will be applied to Study Abroad programming during the 2012-2013 academic year. The funds will be used to provide $500 stipends to GSW students that apply for and participate in a GSW Study Abroad course. These students will be required to give back to the Americus community through service activities such as speaking at local schools about their international experience.
“Research has shown that participation in study abroad increases the likelihood of students graduating in four years, enhancing their attractiveness on the job market,” said Philip Szmedra, Ph.D., GSW professor of economics and director of Study Abroad. “GSW Study Abroad expects these positive outcomes to be experienced by more students because of this generous Mattie H. Marshall Foundation grant.”
The objective of GSW Study Abroad is to contribute to internationalizing the campus, which coincides with the University System of Georgia’s strategic plan to better prepare students for a globalized 21st century. Georgia Southwestern’s program goal is to have 25 percent of GSW graduates experience study abroad by 2015.
The Mattie H. Marshall Foundation was established by Mattie H. Marshall on December 26, 1963. The Foundation supports educational, religious, and human service-related organizations.
For more information about GSW Study abroad, call (229) 931-2122. Trips to China, Peru, Jamaica, and Fiji are currently being developed for the upcoming year.
Study Abroad--In 2009, Visual Arts students and faculty traveled to China for study abroad. The group is pictured here in Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China.
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