The Story of the Scholarship

In 2015 we celebrated 20 years of sending students to study abroad. We chose to celebrate the milestone with our 20 for 20 campaign – together with our overseas partners, we offered 20 scholarships to celebrate 20 years totaling more than $150,000 in scholarship funds. We also introduced the TEAN Full Ride Scholarship designed to cover tuition, program fees, housing and airfare for one outstanding student during the Spring 2016 semester.

It’s always been our mission to make studying abroad more accessible to a range of students, so we decided to bring back the Full Ride Scholarship again in 2017. We were overwhelmed by the response and again ended up choosing not one, but two scholarship recipients.

Now we’re proud to say that the Full Ride Scholarship is back for 2018, and we are accepting applications now. It can be used for any Summer or Fall TEAN program and covers tuition, program fees, orientation and housing. The application deadline is March 1 and students can apply for this scholarship before they apply for a TEAN program. Below you can meet some of the past TEAN Full Ride Scholarship recipients.

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Past Recipients

Marlee Giacometti

University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

Thailand & Vietnam

Thailand / Vietnam Semester
TEAN Full Ride Scholarship 2017

Marlee is a junior Conservation & Environmental Science major at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. On campus she is a work-study student in the Financial Aid Office, where she helps her peers with financial aid and completing tasks like their FAFSA application. Marlee is an alumni of AmeriCorps NCCC Atlantic Region Class 21 and served a 10-month term of community service through this program. The mission of AmeriCorps NCCC is to strengthen communities and develop leaders through direct, team­ based national and community service relating to conservation and environmental stewardship, rural and urban development, youth mentorship and education, and disaster relief. In addition to AmeriCorps, Marlee has volunteered with WWOOF USA (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) and worked on a farm in California harvesting vegetables, tending to chickens and working at farmers markets. Last semester she volunteered 30 hours at a Milwaukee public school working on an urban agriculture project; she was working on building a hydroponics gardening system so the school could grow their own vegetables and improve the school’s indoor air quality.

Allison Paxton

Ohio University

South Korea

Summer in Seoul
TEAN Full Ride Scholarship 2017

Allison is a sophomore majoring in Fine Arts Studio Art: Graphic Design at Ohio University. On campus, she is the President of the Korean Language Association (KLA), a representative of KLA at the International Student Union, the Outreach Chair and Fundraising Manager of the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, and a member of the Japanese Student Association at OU. She has also been working with the Ohio Program of Intensive English (OPIE) since her freshman year and is a Resident Assistant for one of the residence halls on campus. In addition to her extracurricular activities on campus, Allison is also an academically driven student with a 3.9 GPA. At the end of her freshman year, she was invited to join the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society (ALD) on campus, which focuses on academic scholarship, leadership, and community service. To be eligible to join, she had to have a grade point average of 3.5 or higher my first year and rank in the top 20% of her class.

Sarah Jakositz

University of New Hampshire

New Zealand

University of Canterbury
TEAN Full Ride Scholarship 2016

Sarah is a sophomore Environmental Engineering major at the University of New Hampshire with a cumulative 3.8 GPA. On-campus Sarah is a member of the UNH chapter of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, a volunteer barista at the Freedom Café that helps support and education visitors on the issues surrounding human trafficking and she is a member of the local chapter of Engineers Without Borders. Sarah is also a participant in university research focusing on the interactions between local climate change policies and the citizens they affect. She recently had the opportunity to visit Chicago and present the research at the American Public Health Association annual conference. In her community, Sarah has been an educator and leader at the Sedge Island Natural Resource Education Center since 2011 where she facilitates overnight groups on Sedge Island in Barnegat Bay, NJ and educates guests on local ecosystems and the importance of protecting them. She is a research mentor, which means teaching high school students about the basics and importance of independent research. Sarah is a Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) program alum and went on a service trip with them earlier this year to the Dominican Republic.

Monea Kerr

Western Washington University

Thailand

Summer in Thailand
TEAN Full Ride Scholarship 2016

Monea is a junior Journalism and Public Relations double major at Western Washington University. She is a lead mentor for an on-campus group called Compass 2 Campus that trains university students how to be mentors for elementary, middle and high school students with the goal to increase opportunities toward higher education for underrepresented and diverse communities. Monea has spent time mentoring students, and supervising other university mentors. She currently serves as the president of both the Communication Club and The Golden Key International Honor Society Chapter. This past summer Monea worked as a camp counselor through the Recreation Center on campus. She spent seven weeks with students from ages 4-13 working with to build team strategy skills. The last three weeks of camp, she also worked with Korean exchange students through our Jeongsang Language School Academy on campus. “As a first generation college student of color, I want to step outside of my comfort zone by studying abroad to show others that may be in my position that it is possible as long as you set your heart and mind to it.”

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