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Connect-123 Announces New Scholarship Competition for its International Learning Programs

[Connect-123] announces its inaugural scholarship program that will award up to $8,000 to individuals seeking personal and professional growth through life-changing experiences offered around the world.

Connect-123, a leader in providing international internship, volunteer, and study abroad programs, announces its inaugural scholarship program that will award up to $8,000 to individuals seeking personal and professional growth through life-changing experiences offered around the world.

Connect-123 works with individuals to place them into international internships and international volunteer programs at multiple locations around the world, including Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Dublin, Shanghai, and Cape Town. Various local companies, nonprofit organizations, schools, research institutes, and healthcare clinics host programs giving participants unique, life-enriching work experience on an international scale. In South Africa, study abroad programs are offered through the University of Cape Town, where academic credits may also be earned.

Scholarship entrants can choose one of three ways to answer the question, “How would the opportunity to work, learn, and explore from a Connect-123 international program make a difference in your life and/or in the lives of others?” Responses can be submitted, along with a basic entry form, either through written essays that are 500 words or less, digital photographs with pertinent captions, or a URL linking to video on a hosting site such as YouTube. Winners will be determined based on the strength of their responses.

One recipient will be awarded $4,000, which will cover the Connect-123 program fee, airfare, and two months of housing. Should the competition receive more than 100 scholarship entries, a second recipient will be awarded a $2,500 scholarship, and over 200 entries will trigger a $1,500 award for a third recipient.

The deadline for submitting entries is March 31, 2012 and winners will be announced on April 15, 2012. Entrants can register online at http://www.connect-123.com/about/scholarships/register/.

About Connect-123

Connect-123 develops and administers career-related, challenging international internship, volunteer and study abroad programs for university students and graduates in a wide range of fields, including human rights, journalism, education, business consulting, entrepreneurship, health care and sustainable development. Through its extensive network of for-profit and not-for-profit organizations in Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Dublin and Shanghai, Connect-123’s local, on-the-ground staff can find specific opportunities for students according to their academic and career goals. In addition to creating customized programs for individual students, Connect-123 develops faculty-led and semester-long programs for US universities, including partnerships with Michigan State University, the University of Southern California, Bentley University, Ohio University and Endicott College.

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