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New scholarships available to Loyola sophomores and juniors for research abroad in summer 2016 and 2017

| By Nick Alexopulos
Jennings Scholarships Loyola University Maryland
(Top, left) Jennings scholar Leah Hill, '17, in San Salvador, El Salvador; (Bottom, center) Jennings scholar Alex Torres, '17, in Istanbul, Turkey.

A renewed gift to one of Loyola University Maryland’s newest scholarship programs will give sophomores and juniors new opportunities to travel abroad for a summer project focused on study, research, and service in a developing country.

The Jennings Family International Summer Research Scholarship for Undergraduates, offered through Loyola’s national fellowships office, was established in 2014 with a $25,000 gift from Katherine and Larry E. Jennings, Jr., parents of a Loyola alumna who was an undergraduate student at the time. They gave $25,000 again in 2015, and now the family has committed an additional $50,000 for scholarships in summer 2016 and summer 2017. The scholarships fund program costs, transportation, and other fees and expenses for up to five students each summer, with preference given to applicants whose socioeconomic circumstances and/or academic major requirements would otherwise make it difficult for them to study abroad.

Sophomores and juniors applying for a Jennings scholarship are encouraged to choose a country and program on their own, for approval by the national fellowships office. Past Jennings scholars attended programs in El Salvador, China, Turkey, India, and South Africa. 

Scholarship awardees have a number of responsibilities before, during, and after their time abroad. They will present a study abroad-based research project at Loyola’s Undergraduate Research Colloquium in spring 2017 and spring 2018, actively blog about their experience, and submit a detailed experience report, among other commitments. 

"For Loyola students, studying abroad offers the experience of a lifetime, an opportunity to learn more about themselves and another culture, a time to grow and learn and explore in numerous ways. It builds so beautifully on the foundation set during the first years at Loyola, where the Jesuit education helps students become well-rounded critical thinkers who have a sense of looking beyond themselves out into the greater world," said Rev. Brian. F. Linnane, S.J., president of Loyola. "The Jennings Scholarships make it possible for even more students to take advantage of those opportunities and embrace this rich and rewarding experience."

The application deadline for summer 2016 is March 14, 2016.

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