Students participating in Study Abroad programs are now receiving scholarship support thanks to the generosity of alumni Bob ’82 and Kathy Christopher ’82 Hansen. The couple established the Robert and Kathleen Hansen Endowed Scholarship for Study Abroad in 2016.
To date, 85 students have received scholarship awards from the fund. Sixty-seven awards were provided for the 2017–2018 academic year and 18 for the fall semester of the current year. The total will soon surpass 100 students with scholarships awarded for the upcoming spring semester, traditionally the busiest semester for student travel. Students have studied in numerous locations around the globe, with Central America, Germany, Ireland, Thailand, and Japan being the most popular.
Sarah Crowe ’19, who is pursuing a double major in German and international economics and cultural affairs, spent the spring 2018 semester in Reutlingen, Germany. “I am grateful for this experience, as it taught me how to adapt to new and challenging situations and understand what it will take to be a global citizen,” she says. “I learned about economic practice and policy, political systems, traditions, and approaches to everyday life in Germany — all of which will be of great help to my professional career.”
Nursing major Paige Krohn ’20 was able to travel to Central America and study in Costa Rica and Nicaragua with support from the Hansen Scholarship. “This trip opened my eyes to health care in a much different environment,” Paige says. “The experience, made possible by this scholarship, reinforced my desire to serve others and help them lead healthier lives.”
Valpo has offered Study Abroad opportunities to students since 1968, when the first programs were established in England and Germany. Valpo students have access to more than 45 Study Abroad opportunities located in 26 countries and offered in 12 languages. Approximately 35 percent of all Valpo undergraduate students study abroad prior to graduation, compared to fewer than 10 percent of all United States undergraduate students.