Scholarship sends students abroad

SHS has been chosen to receive $20,000 in Global Navigator Scholarships for students to study abroad the summer of 2016.

The Global Navigator Scholarship is given by the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE), and all schools in Wisconsin that have the Global Education Achievement Certificate were eligible to apply.

SHS was one of four high schools in Wisconsin and one of 90 high schools in the country to receive the Global Navigator Scholarship.

“The Global Navigator Scholarship is a program where we are going to be working with U.S. high schools across the country. We are granting schools a certain amount of scholarship dollars that are set aside specifically for these schools [and] for students that apply and are accepted in our short-term summer programs abroad,” said Nicole Sprague, International Studies Director and the Wisconsin contact at CIEE.

Evan Schmidt, French teacher and Global Education Achievement Certificate (GEAC) Coordinator, was the teacher that applied for the scholarship.

“I believe we were selected because of our strong commitment to world languages and our general quality of education here at Shorewood,” Schmidt said.

There are $20,000 available for freshmen, sophomores and juniors, which will be applied to tuition for any of the programs.

The scholarship money covers 10-100% of the tuition fee, and funds are granted based on the student’s merit and financial need.

There are two different types of scholarships that students can apply for: a financial scholarship and merit scholarship.

“The merit scholarship qualifications are based on [the student’s] past academic success, teacher recommendations and an essay that they write,” Sprague said. “The financial scholarship is purely based on financial need. There is a portion of the scholarship that has to be filled out by the parent … It is granted based on income and the specific need of the family for that student to travel.”

Ada Oldfather, freshman, is interested in studying a language abroad, particularly French.

“I want to travel and see the world and learn new things about different cultures,” Oldfather said.

There are three types of Global Navigator programs: Language and Culture, Service and Leadership and Global Discovery.

“I think that this type of experience is designed to open students’ minds to cultures that are completely new to them,” Schmidt said.

“Students will learn more about themselves as an American and as a person through this kind of experience because they’ll face challenges and see things that they would never expect; they’ll meet people from all over the country and all over the world,” Schmidt said.

Students can apply for the Global Navigator Scholarship on the CIEE website. The deadline to apply for a scholarship is February 1, 2016.

Students are still able to apply for scholarships after the deadline and when SHS is no longer a Global Navigator School. CIEE has at-large scholarships, which means that any U.S. student can apply to go to one of their programs and apply for a scholarship. There will be an inforamtional night for parents and students sometime this coming year.

by Cela Migan

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