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Release: June 15, 2001

International education group awards $1,000 for UI study abroad scholarship

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A University of Iowa student who studies abroad in 2002 will receive a $1,000 scholarship thanks to an award from the International Study Programs division of the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE).

The Council awarded the scholarship funds to the UI in recognition of "significant increases in enrollment" in study abroad programs offered at CIEE Study Centers. To be eligible for the scholarship, students must enroll in one of the Study Center programs in calendar year 2002. Such programs are offered in more than two dozen countries and include coursework in a wide range of disciplines.

"The number of University of Iowa students studying abroad has increased phenomenally in the past few years, thanks to the encouragement of the UI administration, the efforts of the Office for Study Abroad staff, and a growing awareness among students of the value of an international experience," said Janis Perkins, director of the UI Office for Study Abroad. "It is an honor to have that success recognized by the Council, and particularly gratifying that the form of the award is a scholarship that will directly benefit a UI student."

In notifying UI officials of the award, William W. Cressey, CIEE executive vice president of international study programs, wrote "It is our hope that this scholarship will contribute to your already successful efforts in encouraging students to consider the option of study abroad."

Perkins accepted the award May 30 in Philadelphia at the annual conference of NAFSA: Association of International Educators.

Other institutions that won scholarship funds this year are University of Colorado-Boulder, Boston College, University of Wisconsin-Madison, George Washington University, and Tulane University.

More information on CIEE's International Study Programs division is on the Web at http://www.ciee.org/isp/