PHS among four state high schools added to exchange program

Following a successful first year in 2015, CIEE: Council on International Educational Exchange is expanding its Global Navigator Scholarship program to enable more high school students around the country to study abroad, and has added four Wisconsin four schools to the program.

The chosen schools are Madison East High School, Oshkosh West High School, Plymouth High School and Shorewood High School. Students still need to apply to be awarded the study abroad funds.

Altogether CIEE is doubling the total number of high schools and students participating in the program. More than 80 schools across the United States have been identified to receive grants of $20,000 each to help their students participate in CIEE Global Navigator summer study abroad programs. This is an increase from 43 schools selected during the 2014-2015 school year.

“Today’s high school students are tomorrow’s leaders. It’s imperative that we educate them with the skills to navigate across cultures and positively impact global issues,” said James P. Pellow, Ed.D., president and chief executive officer of CIEE. “Through the Global Navigator Scholarship program, we are introducing international experience into more students’ lives earlier in their education. The new perspectives they gain from these experiences will shape their view on everything that comes next – from choices of college and career to where and how they’ll live out their lives.”

Global Navigator schools are chosen through a competitive assessment of their commitment to foreign-language acquisition and global education. Selected schools provide rigorous, integrated, and globally focused academic programs, while serving students from diverse economic and cultural backgrounds.

CIEE Global Navigator Scholarships are made possible by a generous endowment from donor Sheron Long, former CEO of Hampton-Brown, a pre-K through grade 12 educational publisher of language and literacy materials.

“The goal of the Global Navigator program is to increase the number of students who become multilingual and develop a global mindset. The intent of the scholarships is to increase access to study abroad experiences for students who could not otherwise afford them,” said Long. “Now, with the expanded scholarships, we are excited to broaden access to the Global Navigator programs and put more students on the fast-track to global citizenship.” In addition to Global Navigator Scholarships, at-large scholarships based on merit and need are available to qualified students living anywhere in the United States to help fund their participation on a CIEE Global Navigator summer study abroad program.

CIEE offers 45 Global Navigator programs in 22 locations around the world, including six new destinations for 2016 in Chile, China, Costa Rica, Ghana, South Africa, and Thailand. Students can choose from three program options, including Language & Culture, Service & Leadership, and Global Discovery.

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