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The world is shrinking; an increasingly globalized economy means that our students need an education that will allow them to succeed—to flourish—in a global and diverse world.
 
Today’s graduates should expect to compete and collaborate with people from all over the world throughout their careers. A globalized curriculum offers students opportunities to gain perspective and life-changing experience while they learn from different cultures.
 
Funds raised through this campaign will help establish and support scholarships that reduce financial barriers to studying abroad, making transformational global learning experiences a reality for a greater number of students each year.
 
Our campus is increasingly diverse; students from 22 countries now call Oneonta home. For these students—for all of our students— Possibilities Full of Promise supports the enrichment of international exposure on our campus with a goal of bringing international scholars to campus, and supporting learning, internship and service opportunities abroad.

Feeling the impact

Lisa Ceccato

Lisa CeccatoAs a recipient of the College Foundation 30th Anniversary Scholarship, a scholarship specifically established to help students study abroad, Lisa received financial support while spending a semester studying at the Foundation for International Education in London, England. Read more

Jared Kirk

Jared KirkComing from a small town in upstate New York, Jared Kirk viewed studying abroad as the opportunity of a lifetime. With his eyes set on spending a semester in Japan, Jared found himself staring at one obstacle in particular - money. Read more

 

Lisa Ceccato

Communications Studies major Lisa Ceccato says she chose SUNY Oneonta for, "its beautiful campus, imtimate class size and amazing faculty". Last year she became seriously interested in pursuing a study abroad experience. As a recipient of the College Foundation 30th Anniversary Scholarship, a scholarship specifically established to help students study abroad, Lisa received financial support while spending a semester studying at the Foundation for International Education in London, England.

“I have been meeting people from around the globe, traveling across Europe, touring iconic historical sites, interning at a Human Resource firm, and growing into a more cultured adult," she said.

Lisa hopes to pursue a job that will put to use her communications degree and also her passion for travel. The scholarship, "allowed me to have the experience of a lifetime" she said.

Gifts supporting Possibilities Full of Promise will provide students like Lisa with opportunities to expand their horizons and be better prepared to compete in an increasingly global world.

Jared Kirk

Coming from a small town in upstate New York, Jared Kirk viewed studying abroad as the opportunity of a lifetime. With his eyes set on spending a semester in Japan, Jared found himself staring at one obstacle in particular - money. The challenge of finding an affordable means of traveling was putting Jared’s adventure in a chokehold. But his dedication and persistence eventually paid off when he received the College at Oneonta Foundation 30th Anniversary scholarship. Established with the purpose of providing resources to students for international travel, the scholarship placed Jared’s trip comfortably within reach.

“The scholarship award lessened the burden of my expenses. Heading abroad, every penny counts – travel, food, study materials – are just as important as paying your semester bill.”

Why Japan? “I hosted an international student from Japan during my senior year of high school. We became close friends and I promised him I would try to visit his homeland one day. In my junior year at Oneonta I ventured into the international education office and already knew where I wanted to go. Before too long, I was on my way to the Land of the Rising Sun.”

Jared spent a full semester immersed in Japanese culture and bonding with other students from around the world. “It was a short four months, but the I-house dormitory felt like home and saying goodbye was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do. My study abroad is something I will remember for the rest of my life. I am thankful that SUNY Oneonta gave me this opportunity.”