Mercer awards 21 Global Leader Scholarships for study abroad in 2023

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Mercer University recently awarded 21 students with Global Leader Scholarships. Among those students are: (bottom row, from left) Kesslyn Billings, Isabella Bordenca, Oluwatosin Ebunola, (middle row, from left) Tatiana Cobos, Lily Sharpe, Abigail Ott, (top row, from left) Zack Al-Husein, Max Ayers, Lauren Kraft and MaKenna Lawler. Photo by Christopher Ian Smith

MACON — Mercer University’s Office of Global Engagement recently awarded its latest round of Global Leader Scholarships, providing 21 students with a total of $65,590 to participate in study abroad programs during the upcoming summer and fall semesters. 

The Global Leader Scholarship program was launched in 2019 to support students with financial need in pursuing long-term study abroad opportunities at the University. 

The scholarship initially offered up to $8,000 per student for programs of eight weeks or longer, but the program was expanded to include awards up to $5,000 for programs of three to eight weeks and up to $3,000 for programs shorter than three weeks. 

“We are delighted to have the opportunity to support the Global Leader Scholars’ educational journeys abroad, as each student has eloquently illustrated their commitment to building community by sharing with others what it truly means to be a Mercer Bear,” said Johna Wright, global education programs coordinator. “Our team could not be more proud of these exceptional students, and we know that, even while studying at foreign institutions, they will continue the legacy that, at Mercer, everyone majors in changing the world.” 

Of the 21 students who received the most recent scholarships, 12 will participate in exchange or affiliate programs and nine will join faculty-led programs. They include: 

  • Zack Al-Husein, a sophomore management major, will participate in an exchange fall program in England 
  • Jaiden Aliff, a freshman Spanish and entrepreneurship double-major, will participate in a faculty-led summer program in Spain 
  • Max Ayers, a freshman creative writing and media studies double-major, will participate in an exchange fall program in Scotland 
  • Emily Bacallao, a senior neuroscience major, will participate in a faculty-led summer program in Spain
  • Keslyn Billings, a freshman biology and global health studies double-major, will participate in a faculty-led summer program in Mexico 
  • Isabella Bordenca, a sophomore chemical commerce and Spanish double-major, will participate in a faculty-led summer program in Spain 
  • Lakeeya Brockington, a junior marketing and management double-major, will participate in an affiliate summer program in England 
  • Tatiana Cobos, a freshman international affairs and Spanish double-major, will participate in an affiliate fall program in Spain 
  • Oluwatosin Ebunola, a junior creative writing major, will participate in an exchange fall program in England 
  • Manasi Giridharan, a sophomore psychology and criminal justice double-major, will participate in an exchange fall program in England 
  • Lauren Kraft, a sophomore international business and marketing double-major, will participate in an exchange fall program in France 
  • Janhavi Kulkarni, a sophomore psychology major, will participate in an exchange fall program in England 
  • MaKenna Lawler, a senior global health studies and global development studies double major, will participate in an affiliate summer program in Japan 
  • Maret McWhorter, a freshman creative writing major, will participate in a faculty-led summer program in Greece 
  • Ivana Opoku, a sophomore finance major, will participate in an exchange summer program in South Korea 
  • Abigail Ott, a junior holistic child major, will participate in a faculty-led summer program in Spain 
  • Alexandria Porter, a junior marketing major, will participate in an affiliate-led summer program in Germany 
  • Kendall Ross, a sophomore journalism major, will participate in a faculty-led summer program in Germany 
  • Lala Sanyang, a freshman biochemistry and molecular biology major, will participate in a faculty-led summer program to Greece 
  • Lily Sharpe, a junior psychology major, will participate in an affiliate fall program in Spain 
  • Kaley Woods, a sophomore chemistry and Spanish double-major, will participate in a faculty-led summer program in Spain 

The next cycle for the Global Leader Scholarship will be for spring 2024 programs and will open in mid-September and close in mid-October. For more information, contact the Office of Global Engagement at studyabroad@mercer.edu or visit mercerabroad.com

About Mercer University 

Founded in 1833, Mercer University is a dynamic and comprehensive center of undergraduate, graduate and professional education. With approximately 9,000 students enrolled in 12 schools and colleges, on major campuses in Macon and Atlanta; medical school sites in Macon, Savannah and Columbus; and at regional academic centers in Henry and Douglas counties, Mercer is ranked among the top tier of national research universities by U.S. News & World Report. The Mercer Health Sciences Center includes the University’s School of Medicine and Colleges of Nursing, Health Professions and Pharmacy. Mercer is affiliated with five teaching hospitals – Atrium Health Navicent The Medical Center and Piedmont Macon Medical Center in Macon; Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah; and Piedmont Columbus Regional Hospital and St. Francis-Emory Healthcare in Columbus. The University also has an educational partnership with Robins Air Force Base in Warner Robins. It operates an academic press and a performing arts center in Macon and an engineering research center in Warner Robins. Mercer Medicine, the clinical faculty practice of the School of Medicine, is based in Macon and operates additional clinics in Sumter, Peach, Clay, Putnam and Harris counties. Mercer is one of only 293 institutions nationwide to shelter a chapter of The Phi Beta Kappa Society, the nation’s most prestigious academic honor society; one of eight institutions to hold membership in the Georgia Research Alliance; and the only private university in Georgia to field an NCAA Division I athletic program. For more information, visit mercer.edu