GlobaLinks Learning Abroad and Foundation for Asia Pacific Education Donate $15,000 to Diversity Abroad for Scholarships

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Three-way partnership creates 15 $1,000 individual awards to encourage students from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds to study abroad

At a time when international competency is more important than ever, underserved students, many times because of financial constraints, have not had equal access to international education opportunities

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GlobaLinks Learning Abroad, a leading provider of education abroad programs for college-level students in destinations across the globe, and the Foundation for Asia Pacific Education have donated $15,000 to Diversity Abroad to support scholarships for underrepresented students who want to study abroad.

“Our organization is always searching for ways to increase study abroad opportunities for non-traditional, racially diverse, economically disadvantaged and first-generation students so they might also benefit from the powerful effects of international education,” said Cynthia Banks, founder and executive director of GlobaLinks Learning Abroad and its AustraLearn, AsiaLearn and EuroLearn programs. “We are thrilled to bring together the Foundation for Asia Pacific Education’s fundraising expertise with Diversity Abroad’s outreach and programming capabilities to set up this new scholarship resource for North American college students.”

Minority students made up just 18% of the 262,416 U.S. students who studied abroad in 2007-2008, according to the latest report from the Institute of International Education. The figure doesn’t take into account other underrepresented populations in study abroad, such as low-income, first-generation, non-traditional and disabled college students.

Founded in 2006, Diversity Abroad is a leading international education portal working to boost participation in international education by students who traditionally have not taken advantage of such opportunities.

“At a time when international competency is more important than ever, underserved students, many times because of financial constraints, have not had equal access to international education opportunities,” said Andrew Gordon, Diversity Abroad president. “Scholarship opportunities like the Diversity Abroad/GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Scholarship open doors for underserved students to take advantage of the benefits afforded through study abroad, which ultimately prepares them to be globally competitive.”

Undergraduate students from any community or four-year college who plan to study abroad in the Asia Pacific region during the summer, fall or spring, and meet eligibility, are invited to apply for the Diversity Abroad/GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Scholarship, which specifically targets students who identify as one of the following: ethnic minority, economically disadvantaged, physically disabled, or first-generation college student.

The Foundation for Asia Pacific Education, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization raising funds to assist students in gaining cultural and academic experiences in the Asia Pacific region, awarded 66 scholarships over the last four awards periods to students from one or more underrepresented categories.

“The Foundation for Asia Pacific Education is pleased to be assisting more students from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds to study abroad, but we have a lot more work to do,” said Executive Director Karen Brockwell. “This partnership with GlobaLinks Learning Abroad and Diversity Abroad deepens our impact and is an example of what organizations can accomplish when they provide financial and outreach support toward the common goal of increasing the participation of these students in international education.”

For more information on the Diversity Abroad/GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Scholarship, visit DiversityAbroad.com's scholarship page. To support the Foundation for Asia Pacific Education, visit the foundation’s “join the movement” page. For more information on the AustraLearn, AsiaLearn, EuroLearn programs, visit the GlobaLinks Learning Abroad home page.

About GlobaLinks Learning Abroad:
GlobaLinks Learning Abroad, based outside Denver in Westminster, Colo., is a leading provider of education abroad programs for college-level students in destinations across the globe. Students from more than 600 universities and colleges across North America choose to study with GlobaLinks Learning Abroad each semester via its educational programs:

  • AustraLearn – semester and year abroad, internship, and summer programs in Australia, New Zealand and Fiji via 35 partner universities, and degree programs in Australia and New Zealand at more than 30 institutions: http://www.degreesoverseas.com
  • AsiaLearn – semester, year, and summer programs in China, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea and Thailand via seven partner universities.
  • EuroLearn – semester, year, and summer programs, including research abroad, in England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Italy and The Netherlands via nine partner universities.

Since it was founded in 1990, GlobaLinks Learning Abroad has sent more than 20,000 students on educational programs worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.GlobaLinksAbroad.org or check out the latest news on our programs and partners at http://www.GlobaLinksNewsWire.com.

About Diversity Abroad:
Diversity Abroad is the leading global education organization which targets non-traditional students for international education opportunities. Founded in 2006, Diversity Abroad reaches high school, community college, university and graduate students for international education and other global exchange opportunities. Specifically Diversity Abroad targets student groups who traditionally have not taken advantage of opportunities provided through global education exchanges.

About The Foundation For Asia Pacific Education:
The Foundation for Asia Pacific Education, a 501(c)(3) non-profit based in Denver, has since 2007 provided more than $400,0000 in scholarships to more than 400 North American college students for study in the Asia Pacific region. The Foundation receives strategic vision and financial support from GlobaLinks Learning Abroad, which offers the educational programs AustraLearn, AsiaLearn and EuroLearn. The Westminster, Colo.-based organization has a 20-year history of providing education abroad programs to more than 22,000 North American students studying in Australia, New Zealand, the South Pacific, Asia and Europe.

The Foundation’s mission is to create global citizens and leaders by assisting students in achieving personal and professional goals through international education experiences within the Asia Pacific region. Students from underrepresented populations in international education are a priority. The Foundation supports its mission through financial and other contributions from individuals and organizations who see the value of education abroad for their own goals and the world in general.

For more information on the Foundation, its impact and ways to get involved and support its mission, visit asia-pacificfoundation.org or call 303-502-7256.

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