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Queens offers support for students seeking tailored international programs

From here to thereScholarship programs can help make specially tailored international study possible.

Jo DeWitt Wilson '59 has visited some of the most fascinating and breathtaking places on the planet. In 2008 she paired her zest for travel with her passion for Queens and established the Jo DeWitt International Adventurers Fund. 

Wilson says travel has enriched her life, and she wanted to provide more opportunities for young people to forge their independence and deepen their understanding of the global community.  So far her endowed fund has enabled students to travel to Costa Rica and France. 

Queens offers several paths toward study abroad including The John Belk International Program for all traditional undergraduates, which is included in regular tuition and fees.  But for students who wish to tailor a program more specifically to their interests, the DeWitt Fund and other scholarship programs are available.

Queens awards the following scholarships annually for study abroad:

Exchange programs -The most adventurous of Queens students go abroad for a year or semester of study. The John Belk International Program has exchange programs in Hong Kong, Northern Ireland and at the University of the Sunshine Coast in Australia.  Applicants must have a minimum grade point average of 3.25; full-time status; a minimum of 52 earned credit hours; four semesters at Queens and be in good standing at the university.  Queens pays for the selected students' tuition, room and board and transportation.

The John Belk Study Abroad Scholarships - Several scholarships of up to $2,500 each go to qualified juniors who want to spend a semester or year abroad in lieu of study tours offered through the JBIP exchange programs.  Applicants must have a minimum grade point average of 3.00; full-time status; a minimum of 52 earned credit hours; four semesters at Queens and be in good standing at the university.  Students choosing this option work closely with the Belk Office to find and set up the program that best fits their needs.  

The John Belk International Internship Scholarships - Scholarships of up to $2,500 each are available to qualified juniors who want to go overseas to complete their internships.  Students arrange their own internships in collaboration with the Internships and Career Programs Office, and receive support for other arrangements through the John Belk International Program.  Applicants must have a minimum grade point average of 3.00; full-time status; a minimum of 52 earned hours; four semesters at Queens and be in good standing at the university.

Class of 1958 International Scholarship Awards - Two $500 scholarships are awarded each year to students participating in John Belk International Program study tours.  Students nominated by the faculty teaching their JBIP Prep course compose an essay discussing their preparation for the international experience and what they hope to learn from it.  A committee selects the two students deemed to have done the most preparation for their international experience, and who will best represent Queens overseas. 

Jo Dewitt International Adventure Fund - Two $500 scholarships are awarded each year to students participating in language-immersion or study-abroad programs.  This fund rewards those who have actively created a unique international experience for themselves by extending their travels, undertaking service projects or by getting more closely in touch with the local culture.
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