Study Abroad Organization, CEA, Awards Fellowships and $25,000 in Scholarships to College Students Studying Abroad this Fall

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CEA awards a record $25,000 in scholarships and grants to 10 undergraduate students who are studying abroad this Fall - the largest amount granted for a term in CEA's history. Recipients were selected based upon academic achievement, potential for leadership and their investment in their communities.

Global experience opens students' minds to new ways of thinking and an appreciation and respect for others, both important qualities in today's workforce.

To promote global citizenship and career development, CEA, the leading global marketplace for quality study abroad programs, has awarded a record $25,000 in scholarships and grants to 10 undergraduate students who are studying abroad this Fall. Each term, CEA awards scholarships to students who are seeking financial assistance for trimester, semester, summer and year-long study abroad programs. This fall's scholarship program is the largest granted in CEA's history.

"Today, cultural competency and understanding are such critical elements of a complete education," says Kristin Nordmark, CEA Scholarship Committee Chairperson. "Global experience opens students' minds to new ways of thinking and an appreciation and respect for others, both important qualities in today's workforce."

Scholarship recipients are chosen based upon academic achievement, potential for leadership and their investment in their communities. In addition, each applicant is required to complete an original essay which is judged by an independent selection committee. Fall 2007 scholarships and fellowships were awarded across five categories to the following recipients:

Chris Towns France Scholarship - In memory of a former CEA Paris student, this scholarship is open to students who demonstrate involvement in extracurricular activities centered on multicultural or international issues.

  •      Kami Dipoma, Texas State University - San Marcos, $3,000 and fellowship
  •      Melodie Bard, Winona State University, $2,000

Foreign Language Scholarship - Open to students taking six credits of foreign language instruction/foreign language instructed electives during their CEA study abroad program.

  •      Alexis Reineke, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, $3,000 and fellowship
  •      Anna Pederson, University of Wisconsin - Madison, $2,000

Global Education Scholarship - Open to students who have applied for any CEA trimester, semester or year program.

  •      Marc M. Young, Baldwin-Wallace College, $3,000 and fellowship
  •      Ashley Singer, California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo, $2,000

Academic Excellence Scholarship - Open to students who have applied for any CEA trimester, semester or year program and have a minimum GPA of 3.3.

  •      Julie Baldwin, University of Northern Iowa, $3,000 and fellowship
  •      Kimberly Stains, Texas State University - San Marcos, $2,000

CEA Grant - Open to students that receive financial aid at their home institution.

  •      Vincent Lewis, University of Maryland - Baltimore County, $3,000 and fellowship
  •      Nikole Blue, Western Washington University, $2,000

CEA's study abroad scholarship program debuted in 1996 and now dedicates over a hundred thousand dollars in financial assistance annually, benefitting dozens of students each year. For more information or to apply for a CEA scholarship, visit http://www.gowithcea.com/financing/scholarships.html or call 800.266.4441.

About CEA
The nation's premiere study abroad provider, CEA offers an unparalleled suite of global education opportunities for colleges, universities and high schools in the United States and Canada. Founded in 1996, CEA has forged partnerships with international universities in 14 countries to offer study abroad in Spain, China, France, Germany and England, among others. In addition, CEA has partnered with the University of New Haven to create the CEA GlobalCampus Network, a collection of campuses worldwide designed to provide students with active, hands-on, experiential learning opportunities. For more information, visit http://www.GoWithCEA.com.

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