Mercer awards 24 scholarships for students to study abroad

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Exterior, 14 diverse college students standing, smiling on campus holding signs about studying abroad
(front l-r) Christina Hale, Sebastian Turner, Sasha Hoppie, Cameron White, Anna Strupp, Hunter Ongaro, Haleigh Dearden (back l-r) William Tomlinson, Ronald White III, Hugh Coleman, Jasmine Briola, Jamie Stokes, Zoë Hardnett. Photo by Christopher Ian Smith

MACON — Mercer University’s Office of Global Engagement has awarded its latest round of Global Leader Scholarships (GLS), providing 24 students with a total of $60,700 to participate in study abroad programs during the upcoming spring semester. 

The GLS 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 of up to $5,000 for programs of three to eight weeks and up to $3,000 for programs shorter than three weeks. 

“Our office is excited to announce the Mercer students who have been awarded the Global Leadership Scholarship this cycle,” said Bryan Johnson, Global Education program coordinator. “These students will be traveling to a diverse set of locations and engaging in exciting academic programs that highlight Mercer’s commitment to preparing our students to be global citizens with strong intercultural competencies. Our office is grateful that we are able to support such hard-working and dedicated students in their international academic endeavors.”

Of the 24 students who received the most recent scholarships, nine will participate in exchange or affiliate programs and 15 will join faculty-led programs. They include:

  • Zack Al-Husein, a sophomore management major, will participate in an exchange spring program in England
  • Ella Austin, a junior sports marketing and analytics major, will participate in an exchange spring program in England
  • Jasmine Briola, a senior industrial engineering major, will participate in a faculty-led spring break program in South Africa
  • Tatiana Cobos, a sophomore international affairs and Spanish major, will participate in an affiliate spring in Spain
  • Hugh Coleman, a sophomore who has not decided his major, will participate in an exchange spring program in France
  • Sara Daugherty, a junior electrical engineering major, will participate in a faculty-led spring break program in South Africa
  • Haleigh Dearden, a junior journalism major, will participate in an affiliate spring program in Italy
  • Sahithi Doddaka, junior chemistry major, will participate in a faculty-led spring break program in Belize
  • Hannah Dong, a junior global health major, will participate in a faculty-led spring break program in Italy
  • Christina Hale, a senior biology major, will participate in a faculty-led spring break program in Belize
  • Zoë Hardnett, a junior mechanical engineering major, will participate in a faculty-led spring break program in South Africa
  • Reemah Hazama, a senior chemical commerce major, will participate in a faculty-led spring break program in Italy
  • Alesa Hill, a sophomore biology major, will participate in an exchange spring program in Morocco
  • Sasha Hoppie, a junior industrial engineering major, will participate in a faculty-led spring break program in South Africa
  • Lauren Kraft, a junior international business and marketing major, will participate in an exchange spring program in France
  • Thomas Neely, a senior marketing and creative writing major, will participate in a faculty-led spring break program in Italy
  • Hunter Ongaro, a junior criminal justice and history major, will participate in an affiliate spring program in Italy
  • Colleen Reed, a junior biochemistry and molecular biology major, will participate in a faculty-led spring break program in Paris
  • Jaime Stokes, a sophomore media studies and political science major, will participate in an affiliate spring program in England
  • Anna Strupp, a sophomore who has not decided her major, will participate in a faculty-led spring break program in Spain
  • William Tomlinson, a junior electrical engineering major, will participate in a faculty-led spring break program in South Africa
  • Sebastian Turner, a senior electrical engineering major, will participate in a faculty-led spring break program in South Africa
  • Cameron White, a junior global health major, will participate in a faculty-led spring break program in Italy
  • Ronald White III, a senior mechanical engineering major, will participate in a faculty-led spring break program in South Africa

“I’m beyond excited to study abroad in Italy next semester and I can’t wait to learn more about the culture and the country,” said Haleigh Dearden. “I’m grateful for the Global Leadership Scholarship and the opportunity to have this experience.” 

The next cycle for the Global Leader Scholarship will be for summer 2024 and fall 2024 programs and will be open Feb. 7-March 7. 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