DCCC Receives Scholarships for Study Abroad in Ireland

Hargadon's Pub

June 3, 2015 – Six Davidson County Community College students are headed for Ireland during spring break in 2016 thanks to a $7,500 grant awarded by the Institute of International Education (IIE) Generation Study Abroad initiative. Local match funding allows each student to receive a scholarship award of $2,500 to cover the cost of tuition, books, transportation and other travel expenses.

The college will sponsor the March 4-12, 2016 trip for students and community members.

Old Abbey CemeteryThe goal of the IIE Study Abroad Scholarships is to help make study abroad opportunities accessible to all students, especially those who are typically underrepresented in U.S. study abroad programs. DCCC is one of 26 Generation Study Abroad commitment partner colleges and universities selected to receive its initial round of study abroad scholarships for their students.

“It’s wonderful news that six of our students who otherwise couldn’t travel abroad with us will now be able to have this life-changing experience,” says Suzanne LaVenture, director of international education at DCCC. “International travel gives our students opportunities to increase their awareness of other countries and cultures and enhances their ability to work effectively in global and cross-cultural environments.”

Two DCCC scholarships are designated for nursing students since a portion of the local allocation will be fundedRainbow in Bundoran through the college’s Briggs Fund that supports nursing education. Preference for the remaining scholarship recipients, to be determined through a competitive process, will go to participants in the DCCC Global Scholars program and students underrepresented in study abroad programs, including first-generation college students, veterans and minorities.

The Ireland-IIE Generation Study Abroad Scholarship Program, funded by the government of Ireland, is intended for U.S. students from a broad range of backgrounds to participate in an academic, internship or service-learning experience in Ireland.

The Ireland trip is also available to other students and community members who provide their own funding. DCCC sponsored its first study abroad program to Ireland in March 2015. The spring break trip, offered through the Institute of Study Abroad Ireland, allowed students to study Irish history, literature and culture.

For more information about community travel opportunities through DCCC, please visit https://www.davidsonccc.edu/travelabroad.

*Editor’s note: In the first photo, DCCC students (from left) Michelle Cansler, Hallie McCray and Hannah Swicegood visit Hargadon’s Pub in Sligo, Ireland to hear a lunchtime reading of W.B. Keats’ poetry during the 2015 spring break study abroad trip. In the second photo is the Old Abbey Cemetery outside Donegal Town that served a Franciscan abbey built in 1471. In the third photo, an early morning rainbow greeted Suzanne LaVenture, DCCC’s director of international education, as she stepped out of her room in Bundoran.

Founded in 1963, Davidson County Community College is noted for its quality educational programs and services. As one of 58 institutions within the North Carolina Community College System, DCCC offers studies in more than 50 degree programs. A fully accredited, multi-campus college, DCCC celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013 and is looking forward to serving students in Davidson and Davie counties for many years to come. The college is committed to developing minds, inspiring imaginations, and preparing students for enhanced career and educational opportunities within a changing global environment. Visit Davidson County Community College on the Web at davidsonccc.edu.