Bucknell students must have more than knowledge of global cultures — they must have experience with them. Out-of-pocket costs make off-campus study or service difficult for some students, however — and summer study-abroad programs only have limited financial aid available. There are several ways endowed funds can help make global learning and study abroad more accessible to all.
Bucknell is ideally suited to develop semester programs in two of the most globally connected cities in the world: Washington, D.C., and New York City. Both are only three hours away from campus and have significant alumni communities. Our new program in Washington, which focuses on politics, is quickly establishing itself as a popular option. Increased funding to establish the New York City program will provide semester-study opportunities in the arts and finance.
Bucknell has a long tradition of promoting public service, whether it be at home or abroad — from the Bucknell Brigade in Nicaragua to Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts in New Orleans to Bicycles Against Poverty in Uganda. Endowed funding would allow students to initiate more humanitarian projects in the United States and around the world.
Scholarships can make a significant difference for students unable to afford the cost of studying abroad. Funding is needed for flights, meals and lodging, and for the various cultural experiences that make overseas study such a worthwhile educational experience.
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