International Programs Office at UMass Amherst Awards Financial Need and Merit Scholarships for Study Abroad

October 26, 2012

Contact: Daniel J. Fitzgibbons 413/545-0444

AMHERST, Mass. – This fall 40 University of Massachusetts Amherst students are venturing into the world to study with extra financial support through the campus’s International Programs Office. 
 
The Scott Academic Merit Scholarship was awarded to 15 students with a minimum 3.8 grade point average who are studying abroad during the 2012-13 academic year. The awards range from $500 to $1,000 for each student. The Scott Academic Merit Scholarship was given by former chancellor David Scott and his wife Kathleen, strong supporters of study abroad for UMass students. 
 
In addition, The Education Abroad Scholarship was awarded to 25 students who currently receive a Pell grant and are studying abroad during this semester. The awards range from $750 to $2,000 depending on financial need. The Education Abroad Scholarship was established in the 1980s by leaders in the International Programs Office to improve access to education abroad opportunities for those students with financial need. Students in all majors are welcome to apply.
 
The UMass students awarded the Education Abroad Scholarship for the fall semester represent a broad range of majors, including biology, communication, computer science, Earth systems, Japanese, landscape architecture and regional planning, legal studies, theater, political science and public health. They will be studying in locations such as Australia, Denmark, Germany, Hong Kong, France, Japan, Argentina and Costa Rica.
 
“Studying abroad is becoming one of the keys to alumni success and we certainly want to continue awarding these scholarships to support more UMass students so they can go abroad,” said the vice provost for international programs, Jack Ahern. “I would urge any UMass alumni who benefited from participating in a study abroad experience, no matter what their academic major, to consider a contribution to our scholarship funds.”
 
The UMass students awarded the Scott Academic Merit Scholarship for fall 2012 are:
  • Christopher Roy, chemical engineering/Commonwealth College major from Franklin, for study in the United Kingdom
  • Jeffrey Hadley, Japanese language and literature/Commonwealth College major from Newmarket, N.H., for study in Japan
  • Mark Reppert, marketing major from Vineyard Haven, for study in Argentina
  • Stephen Small, Spanish and Italian studies/Commonwealth College major from Easthampton, for study in Italy for study in Argentina
  • Brian Kennedy, chemical engineering/Commonwealth College major from Braintree, for study in the United Kingdom
  • Brianna Ramsey, environmental science/Commonwealth college major from Wayland, for study in New Zealand
  • Gregory Blaire, music/Commonwealth college major from Carlisle, for study in Spain
  • Christine Howe, legal studies and Spanish/Commonwealth College major from Stoughton, for study in Argentina
  • Liane McMillian, bachelor's degree with individual concentration/Commonwealth College major from Albuquerque, N.M., for study in France
  • Claire Peters, Japanese language and literature major from Calabasas, Calif., for study in Japan
  • Jessica Skoog, English/psychology/Commonwealth College major from Hudson, for study in the United Kingdom
  • Michelle Tracy, sport management/communication/Commonwealth College major from Sussex, N.J., for study in the United Kingdom