New Scholarship for Studying Abroad

by Public Relations

The Cedarville University Department of English, Literature and Modern Languages has partnered with the office of international programs to create a new scholarship for students studying abroad. The scholarship is intended to encourage more students to participate in study abroad programs by covering some of the tuition expenses.

The scholarship will help students like Alexandra Iriana, a junior psychology and Spanish major from Hummelstown, Pa., spend a semester or year abroad. Iriana traveled to Valenica, Spain, for the spring 2013 semester and documented her experience through her blog.

Despite being thousands of miles away from family, Iriana quickly acclimated to the Spanish culture. “Your world suddenly becomes so big and the options seem endless. I have a million possibilities in front of me, but I can only take one at a time and that can be hard,” Iriana wrote. “Feeling at home is a strange thing, but a beautiful one when you can find it around the world.”

According to Andrew Wiseman, Ph.D., director of international programs, the study abroad program encompasses much more than a cultural experience. “Studying abroad offers students the opportunity to immerse in a different culture as ‘the other’ and give the gift of the stranger,” Wiseman said. “Many of our participants return home transformed, having gained a greater understanding of our place in the world.”

Study abroad students can also participate in internships and other experiences related to vocation or ministry while earning college credit.

So far, $5,000 has been contributed to fund the scholarship, but in order to generate sufficient income from the principal to award a scholarship, a minimum of $25,000 is needed. 

Anyone interested in contributing to the Modern Languages Study Abroad Scholarship fund can contact Amanda Gillispie at 937-766-7884 or visit

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