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Twelve Trinity Students Selected for Carnegie Study Abroad Program, Summer 2018

President McGuire announced the twelve students who were selected for Trinity’s Carnegie Study Abroad Program and will be pursuing international learning in summer 2018. More than 30 students applied for the competitive program. “These students earned the awards based on the quality of their applications and the feasibility of their projects,” President McGuire said. “I am very grateful to Dr. James Stocker, who is leading this project, and to Dean Peggy Lewis and Dr. Deborah Taub who assisted in the selection process, as well as faculty and staff from all academic units who participated. The interest in this program inspires us to explore future avenues of funding to continue the project in the years ahead.” The twelve Trinity students who were selected for the program are:

  • Shanta Bryant, senior, English, College of Arts and Sciences: Accra, Ghana.
  • Gabrielle Clary, senior, business, College of Arts and Sciences: Amsterdam, Netherlands.
  • Elisia George, sophomore, nursing, College of Arts and Sciences: Barcelona, Spain.
  • Asia Hunter, sophomore, nursing, College of Arts and Sciences: Barcelona, Spain.
  • Samrawit Keleta, junior, nursing, College of Arts and Sciences: Accra, Ghana.
  • Lesly Melgarez, senior, business, College of Arts and Sciences: Barcelona, Spain.
  • Venita Newsome, senior, journalism and media studies, School of Professional Studies: Cape Town, South Africa.
  • Mabel Perez-Gutierrez, junior, international affairs, College of Arts and Sciences: Accra, Ghana.
  • Alonna Rankin, junior, general studies, School of Professional Studies: Amsterdam, Netherlands.
  • Destinee Smith, graduate student, clinical mental health counseling, School of Education: Accra, Ghana.
  • Karrin Thompson, senior, English, College of Arts and Sciences: Accra, Ghana.
  • Raissa Audrey Tseumie, senior, biochemistry, College of Arts and Sciences: Accra, Ghana.
Photo of students going on study abroad in summer 2018.

Trinity students ready to travel! Students with President McGuire and Dr. James Stocker, who were selected to participate in the Summer 2018 Study Abroad program, supported by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.


Summer 2018 Study Abroad Opportunity

NOTE: The deadline for applications was February 15, 2018, and Trinity is no longer accepting applications for this program. 

Trinity is pleased to announce a scholarship competition for grants for study abroad in Summer 2018. Funded through the Carnegie Award for Academic Excellence, Trinity will award up to 10 grants of up to $6,000 each to students who will participate in select study abroad programs. This program is competitive. To be eligible to apply, students must meet all of the requirements specified in this announcement as well as requirements of the program providers. Winners will be chosen according to the criteria stated below.

Carnegie Awards through this project may be used for program fees, airfare, and other relevant program expenses (not including personal expenses). Carnegie Grant funds are available ONLY for the student who receives the grant and not for any other person including family members or friends. Student grantees must be able to travel on their own and to participate fully in the study abroad experience through the recommended providers set forth below.

Dr. James Stocker, Assistant Professor of International Affairs, will administer this program. Questions may be directed to Dr. Stocker at

Options for Study Abroad

Trinity has identified two study abroad providers, USAC (University Studies Abroad Consortium) and CIEE (Council for International Educational Exchange), to facilitate study abroad programs. Students must choose from the programs listed below. All program take place in early Summer 2018. As you review the programs linked through the websites below, please note that the Carnegie award will ONLY fund programs offered in Summer Session I at any of the providers, for the dates specified. You may take other programs at your own expense.

These are the programs for this competition:

Accra, Ghana (Program Provider: USAC): University of Ghana at Legon. Range of summer study courses in African languages, literature, culture, political and social issues. Housing in the International Hostel included in the program fee; meals on your own at extra cost. May 29 departure; July 11 program ends.

Pau, France (Program Provider:  USAC): University of Pau. Courses in French language and culture. Housing in residence halls; meals extra.  May 23 departure; June 29 program ends.

Prague, Czech Republic (Program Provider: USAC): Business and Culture Courses, Charles University. Courses include Czech language, Eastern European art and culture, history, World War II, European politics, environmental studies. Housing in apartment buildings in central Prague. May 26 departure; June 26 program ends.

Prague, Czech Republic (Program Provider, CIEE): Communications and Media Courses, Charles University. Courses in communications, social media, journalism. Housing in apartments with other CIEE students. May 21 start; June 18 end.

Barcelona, Spain (Program Provider: CIEE): CIEE Study Center in Barcelona. Business courses taught by local university professors; academic requirements include prior courses in micro or macroeconomics, accounting, finance, management or statistics. Housing is homestay in local residences or in a student residence. May 21 start; June 18 end.

Amsterdam, Netherlands (Program Provider: CIEE): CIEE lecturers and field experiences. Business and communication courses. Residence hall or hostel housing. June 18 start; July 16 end.

Cape Town, South Africa (Program Provider: CIEE): CIEE Global Institute and University of Cape Town. Courses in South African politics, history, culture and languages. May 21 start; June 18 end.

Application Process

Students must apply for this opportunity no later than February 15, 2018, using the Carnegie Study Abroad Application form.

Applications packets must include the following:

  • Completed application.
  • A 500-word essay.
  • A reflection on possible challenges that the student will face in studying abroad.
  • Written approval from the student’s advisor, major program chair or dean stating that credits earned through the study abroad experience align with the student’s program at Trinity (students who are graduating may also apply and must also provide a statement of program alignment).
  • Applicants should know that Trinity may verify information on the application through review of transcripts and other Trinity records.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

Eligibility: Trinity students in all academic units at all degree levels may apply.

Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 at Trinity, be in good academic standing, and also meet the academic eligibility requirements of the program provider which may be higher and have more elements than what Trinity is requiring for the initial application.
  • Must have a clean disciplinary record at Trinity.
  • Must be able to fulfill the chosen program on the dates specified.
  • Must have valid travel documents per the program specifications for visas, passports or other international travel requirements.


President McGuire will appoint a faculty committee to recommend students for Carnegie Study Abroad Awards based on the following criteria:

  • Overall quality of the study abroad proposal.
  • Excellence and thoroughness of the application and essay.
  • Relevance and value of the study abroad program to the student’s studies at Trinity.
  • Ability to comply with the program provider’s requirements.
  • Trinity reserves the right to decline any application for reasons of safety and security of the student including Trinity’s assessment of potential visa challenges for students who are not U.S. citizens or for other reasons that, in Trinity’s assessment, would preclude the student from successful participation in the program.

Trinity notified Carnegie Award winners in March 2018.

Grant Management

For students who are selected for awards in this competition, Trinity will pay the program fees directly to the program provider upon the student’s successful completion of an application to the provider and acceptance into the program. That payment will constitute the largest share of the grant award. Trinity will also make a grant directly to the student to pay for airfare, transportation and related travel costs and incidental program fees not covered by the program. The size of this grant will depend upon the estimated costs for each student. The program fee plus the travel and incidental cost award may not exceed $6,000 combined. Students are liable to cover any additional costs incurred.

Students may also be liable to repay all or part of the Carnegie Award if the student fails to complete the program for which the grant is awarded. A student may also incur disciplinary action if the money received through this grant is not used for the stated purposes.

Questions may be directed to Dr. James Stocker at

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