The TEAN Full Ride Scholarship is designed to give a standout student the opportunity to study abroad. We awarded two Full Ride Scholarships this year to two deserving applicants – Marlee Giacometti, from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, who will be studying abroad in Thailand and Vietnam this fall semester and Allison Paxton, from Ohio University, who will be studying on our 6-week Summer in Seoul program.

A Commitment to the Environment

Marlee is a student who represents several values that are important to TEAN as an organization. Our core value, Choose Earth, is focused on living sustainably. Our programs and practices are designed to foster global thinking and informed local action because the individual choices we make have a global impact. We feel Marlee is a student who has already shown through her extracurricular activities and academics that she Chooses Earth and will be a wonderful representative for her school and TEAN in her time abroad.

She is a junior Conservation & Environmental Science major and is a work-study student in her school’s Financial Aid Office where she helps her peers with financial aid and completing tasks like their FAFSA application.

Marlee Giacometti with Mark Eckman and Ramona Washington from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Center for International Education and Sean Lennon Director and Co-Founder of TEAN who delivered the exciting news.

Marlee is also an alumni of AmeriCorps NCCC Atlantic Region Class 21 and served a 10-month term of community service through this program. 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 operating farmers markets. Last semester she volunteered 30 hours at a Milwaukee public school working on an urban agriculture project building a hydroponics gardening system so the school could grow their own vegetables and improve the school’s indoor air quality.

Marlee’s professional goals after graduation are to develop a career in environmental education and stewardship to educate the younger generations about climate change and conserving the natural world.

A Passion for Korean Culture

It was Allison’s interest in Korean culture and the personal journey she has taken so far that made her scholarship application stand out.

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.

Allison Paxton after being surprised by the study abroad office at Ohio University.

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.

Allison’s study abroad journey is also a personal one tied to her mother’s journey, who was born in South Korea and adopted as a baby and grew up in the U.S. Much of what Allison has learned already about Korean language and culture have been things she has shared with her mother, who hasn’t returned to Korea since she left.

Apply for 2018 Scholarships

The TEAN Full Ride Scholarship was started following on from our 20 for 20 scholarship campaign in 2016 to celebrate our 20th anniversary. The scholarship covers tuition, all program fees, orientation and housing. This scholarship is in addition to our regular pool of semester scholarships awarded each year.

You can learn more about our programs, opt to receive updates from TEAN and find out when applications for the TEAN Full Ride Scholarship for 2018 open by submitting your information here on our website.