International Programs announces study abroad scholarship recipients

International Programs at the University of Maine has announced the latest study abroad scholarship recipients. The group gathered in April for a pre-departure orientation.

Recently awarded scholarships include:

  • Samantha Smith Scholarship — Awarded to Brawley Benson, an international affairs major and economics minor. Benson will attend the Moscow State Institute of International Relations in Moscow, Russia for the fall 2017 semester with the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE). Benson plans to gain insight into diplomatic relationships and further his proficiency in the Russian language.
  • Annie P. Norton Scholarship — Awarded to Emma Houston, an ecology and environmental science major and economics minor who will be spending her fall 2017 semester in Cochrane, Chile with Round River Conservation Studies. She will spend the majority of her program conducting research and collecting data from the Patagonia region.
  • Doris Berry Norton Travel Scholarship — Awarded to Rebecca Blodgett, a childhood development and family relations major, who will be studying at the Southwest University for Nationalities in Chengdu, China for the 2017–2018 academic year. Blodgett will focus on gaining a high level of proficiency in Mandarin and immersing herself in the culture. She also is a recipient of the UMaine/USAC Scholarship.
  • Direct Exchange Scholarship — Awarded for the fall 2017 semester to Maegan Maheu, Kimberly Crowley, Michael Dunning, Braydon Norris, Meredith Olivari, Victoria Nolette, Tyler Lang, Adwin Dougingu and Eric Lindbom.
    • Maheu and Norris, both chemical engineering majors, will attend the University of Aberdeen in Aberdeen, Scotland. Maheu will research the petroleum industry, and Norris plans to further his cultural awareness by creating long-lasting bonds in the community.
    • Crowley, an English major and economics minor, and Lang, a zoology major, will attend the University College Cork in Cork, Ireland. Crowley plans to explore the works of Irish authors and poets more in-depth and from a different cultural perspective. Lang is looking forward to seeing more of the world.
    • Dunning, an accounting and finance major and innovation engineering minor, will attend Bangor University, in Bangor, Wales, to learn about European stock exchanges.
    • Olivari, a theatre major with a studio art minor, will attend the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England to explore new courses within her field in a historically and artistically rich setting.
    • Nolette, an accounting and management major, will attend Griffith University, Gold Coast campus in Queensland, Australia, to build a strong academic resume at the AACSB-accredited institution.
    • Dougingu, a marketing major, and Lindbom, a mechanical engineering major, will attend the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid in Madrid, Spain. Dougingu hopes to further understand cultural differences and diversity, and Lindbom plans to work toward clean and sustainable energy solutions.
  • UMaine/USAC (University Studies Abroad Consortium) Scholarship — Awarded to Lee Brown, Grace Kelley, Jarrod Joy and Jesse Evans.
    • Brown, an international affairs major and professional writing minor, will attend La Universitat Politècnica de València, in Valencia, Spain for the fall 2017 semester. Brown plans to immerse herself in the Spanish culture and further her proficiency in the language.
    • Kelley, a nursing major, will attend the University of the Basque Country in San Sebastian, Spain for the fall 2017 semester. Kelley hopes to gain skills that will prepare her for future volunteer and missionary work.
    • Joy, an international affairs major, will be attending the University of Lyon II, in Lyon, France for the fall 2017 semester. Joy hopes to grow individually and academically through courses and experiences in a new culture.
    • Evans, a psychology major and neuroscience minor, will attend Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic for the summer 2017 semester. Evans, who plans to be a clinical psychologist, hopes to better understand how diverse backgrounds affect people’s thoughts.
  • UMaine/SIT (School for International Training) Scholarship — Awarded to Maxwell Dorman, an ecology and environmental sciences major with a molecular biology minor, who will be participating in the “Tibetan and Himalayan Peoples” SIT Nepal program for the fall 2017 semester. Dorman plans to work toward a goal of creating a non-governmental organization that will benefit less-developed countries suffering from climate change.
  • George J. Mitchell Peace Scholarship — Awarded to Adam Fortier-Brown and Trevor Morin to attend the University College Cork in Cork, Ireland. Fortier-Brown, an Honors College student double-majoring in economics and political science, will study in the fall 2017 semester as a George Mitchell Peace Scholar. He plans to gain a different perspective on economics and European politics. Morin, a biochemistry major, will study in the spring 2018 semester. Morin plans to gain different cultural perspectives and learn how to work collaboratively within the field of science on a cross-cultural scale.

More information about the study abroad scholarships is online.