Magazine article Phi Kappa Phi Forum

2012 Study Abroad Grants

Magazine article Phi Kappa Phi Forum

2012 Study Abroad Grants

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Study Abroad Grants help undergraduates, whether members or nonmembers, who seek knowledge and experience by venturing afield. This year, 367 applicants competed for 50 $1,000 grants, two named. Including 2012, 458 students have earned Study Abroad Grants totaling $458,000 since the program began in 2001.

It takes $20,000 to endow a Study Abroad.

* School attended also indicates Phi Kappa Phi chapter.

Kamal Al-Shalby

University of Michigan* Senior, Arabic, Armenian, Persian, Turkish and Islamic studies major

Study abroad: Six months at the Qasid Arabic Institute, Amman, Jordan

Career objective: Combat the stigma of psychiatric treatment and mental illness in Arab-American communities

Favorite book: J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series


Melanie Bacaling

University of Evansville Senior, majoring in music vocal performance and psychology

Study abroad: Five weeks at Salzburg College, Austria, researching composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and presenting results at a recital-lecture

Career objective: Voice scientist

Fantasy career: Voicing a Disney princes

Satisfying community service: Fundraising for the National Alopecia Areata Foundation

Role model: My older brother


Clara J. Balliet

Michigan State University Senior, majoring in arts and humanities and Chinese

Study aboard: Fall semester at Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China

Career Objectives: Financial consultant

Fantasy Career: Fine carpentry

Favorite author: Charles de Lint

Role model: My father. He is so loving, honest, strong, and responsible. And he likes to laugh.

Christina Beige

Georgia Southern University Senior, public relations major

Study abroad: A month in Botswana, South Africa, exploring environmental history

Previous internship: For U.S. Rep. John Barrow of Georgia

Career objective: Social policy expert at a governmental agency

Fantasy career: President of the United States

Satisfying community service: Development and Education Programme for Daughters and Communities, a non-governmental organization in Thailand fighting sex trafficking

Favorite book: In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

Mathias Bellaiche

University of Arkansas-Fayetteville* Junior, majoring in biophysics and biophysical chemistry

Study abroad: Academic year at Girton College, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

Fantasy career: Pediatric neurosurgeon at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Favorite author: Kurt Vonnegur


Maya Benko

Colorado State University* Senior, English major, concentration in secondary education

Career objective: ESL or bilingual teacher, public school

Study abroad: Summer term at University of Granada, Spain

Favorite book: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Role model: Maya Angelou, writer, activist, and educator


Michael Berman

Truman State University Junior, majoring in biology and German

Study abroad: Academic year at Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich, Germany

Fantasy career: Travel writer


Katherine Blumenstein

Grand Valley State University Junior, English major, concentration in secondary education

Fantasy career: Teaching English abroad

Study abroad: Two weeks at University of Ghana in Accra and five weeks of fieldwork at a village school

Favorite book: The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis



Ashley Boyer

Georgia Southern University Senior, political science major

Study abroad: One month learning about ethnic conflicts and territorial disputes in Balkan States

Other educational travel: Recently accepted as a Peace Corps volunteer in Barranquilla, Colombia, in the Teaching English for Livelihoods project supporting Colombian instructors

Career objective: Advance human rights in the global community

Fantasy career: United Nations, Human Rights Watch, Freedom House, or Carter Center

Role model: Kofi Annan, Ghanaian diplomat and former U. …

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