Dear Friends of UVU’s International Study Programs (ISP),
I received an email today from a former colleague who now attends another U.S. university. Here’s a quote:
all international experiences receive an automatic $1,500…with service learning adding $500…no application required. You just have to let them know where you are going and what you are doing. They have money to share since there is a $14 global education fee added to the student fees. Can you imagine, what you could do with $14 from each student?
Rather than wring my hands in despair, I determined to remember and promulgate the fact that 2013 is the brightest year ever for UVU Study Abroad. Here’s why:
2013 is definitely the year of good news for students interested in participating in UVU’s Study Abroad programs, and we ask you to let your students know about the good news.
$91,000 (yes, $91,000) has been allocated for 2013 Study Abroad scholarships. Associate deans and program directors, please encourage your advisors to make sure the students they meet with know about these scholarship funds. Applications are available at http://www.uvu.edu/international/isp/study_abroad/forms.html
Where is the money coming from?
- More than $31,000 will come from our two donor families—the Howard and Elna Nelson family (Mary D.’s legacy lives on through her endowment and continuing donations) and our wonderful anonymous donor family!
- Almost $30,000 will come from program monies not spent on previous study abroad programs.
- More $20,000 will come from the ISP operating budget.
- $10,000 will come from President Holland’s China Initiative.
Where will the money go?
The donor money has been earmarked for specific programs, as, of course, has the China Initiative money. The program monies will be used in the respective programs. And the ISP money has been divided between 13 of the 16 programs; we determined that China, Peru, and Samoa have received significant subsidies, institutionally and otherwise, and thus did not need ISP funding.
So, there you have it. Please spread the good news: 2013 may be the year of the snake, but it’s also the year of UVU Study Abroad.
With tremendous thanks for your support and efforts, grant
“Preparing Globally Competent Citizens”
Director of International Study Programs
Utah Valley University
800 West University Parkway
Orem, Utah 84058