KSU’s study-abroad scholarship program captures best practices award

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Program among 12 receiving international institute’s Heiskell Awards KENNESAW, Ga. (Jan. 31,…

Georgia (Feb 1, 2011)Program among 12 receiving international institute’s Heiskell Awards

KENNESAW, Ga. (Jan. 31, 2011) – A Kennesaw State University program that makes scholarships available to every student who studies abroad has earned an Institute for International Education’s 2011 Andrew Heiskell Award for innovation in international education.

KSU’s Global Learning Scholarship program, which has awarded more than $725,000 to students since it was created in 2008, received one of 12 IIE annual awards.  More than 1,000 IIE higher education member institutions are eligible to compete for the awards.  

 The scholarship program is part of KSU’s broader effort to expand access and enhance global learning.  In 2010, 866 students studied abroad in 60 programs offered in 35 countries on six continents.  The scholarship program is supported by student fees. 

“In today's complex interdependent world, it is important to have first-hand experience of other countries and cultures,” said Dan Paracka, education-abroad director for KSU’s Institute for Global Initiatives.  “We believe that every KSU student should study abroad and therefore we are doing our best to make such important educational opportunities more accessible.”

In nominating KSU’s study-abroad scholarship program, Paracka said scholarships increase students’ access to the education abroad experience and improve the quality of programs offered. 

“Students receive higher levels of funding for participating in programs of longer duration, programs with language immersion and homestays, travel to less common destinations and for programs with increased service learning, research and internship opportunities,” he noted.  

The IIE will present the awards during its Sixth Annual Best Practices in Internationalization Conference in New York on March 18. KSU joins the Japan Center for Michigan Universities in receiving honorable mention for study abroad, one of four award categories.  This year’s Heiskell awards also recognize internationalizing the campus in business education, international partnerships and community college internationalization. 

“The 2011 Heiskell Award winners represent some of the world’s best initiatives in internationalizing higher education,” said IIE President and CEO Allan E. Goodman. “As institutions continue to innovate, taking their internationalization efforts to new heights and depths, we look forward to continuing our tradition of recognizing their commitment to excellence and meeting the global mandate of our time.”


Kennesaw State University is the third largest university in Georgia, offering more than 70 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing and a new Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing population of more than 23,400 students from 142 countries. 

 Contact/Writer: Sabbaye McGriff, 678-797-2550 or smcgrif1@kennesaw.edu 


A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu