Tempe, Ariz. (March 6, 2012) – Kristopher Minter, a 23-year-old freshman majoring in International Studies at the University of Toledo in Ohio, is the recipient of a $5,000 scholarship from CEA Global Education
The scholarship was part of a four-week viral campaign with Abroad101.com
inviting students to enlist their friends and family in a Facebook competition. Students were asked to respond to describe why they felt they deserved this scholarship and how they would incorporate their study abroad experience back at their home institution or community. The best answer that also elicited the greatest number of Facebook “Likes” won.
"As an African-American, I will contribute to the mere 4 percent of us studying abroad in postsecondary schools," Minter said. "I am blessed to be a minority within a minority, but statistics like these are upsetting and need to change. ... Through sharing my experiences, I hope to change this dynamic."
Minter will take college courses for credit in liberal arts and business at CEA's Global Campus in Shanghai, China, for Fall 2012.
By applying early in CEA's application cycle, Minter managed to earn an additional $1,000 in savings off his program price.
"Participation in the scholarship experience with CEA and Abroad101.com made it evident that financial support – a leading impediment to college students wishing to study abroad – is available if you are willing to put in a little extra effort," he said.
CEA Global Education was founded in 1997 to provide international education opportunities and the highest quality student support for U.S. and Canadian university students interested in exploring global issues in exciting global cities. Today, CEA sends thousands of students every year on education abroad programs to locations in 13 countries, including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, South Africa and Spain. Learn more online at www.GoWithCEA.com.
Abroad101 is the world’s first, largest, and fastest growing study abroad review website. Founded in 2007 by Tufts, Harvard, and MIT graduates, Abroad101’s mission is to promote global citizenship by fostering the most meaningful study abroad experience for all students through technology innovation in international education. Abroad101 empowers universities with its free market-leading online evaluation tool and provides an advertising and student recruitment platform to global program providers. Abroad101 is a 2010 winner of the MassChallenge global startup competition. To learn more, visit www.studyabroad101.com.
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