Study Abroad Scholarship Funds

These funds support Illinois students as they pursue transformative learning experiences abroad.

Andrea Van Proyen Memorial Scholarship Fund

The Andrea Van Proyen Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of Andrea Van Proyen by her family. A 1974 graduate of Illinois, Andrea passed away on June 28, 2014 from cancer. Andrea was remarkable in her love for and her pursuit of enjoying all types of artistic expression. She took such pleasure in taking photographs and sharing them with everyone. Andrea loved to garden and nurture her plants and flowers because she so appreciated their beauty. Andrea was an artist and loved to paint and view paintings at art museums and really appreciated them. Andrea would really listen to music not to just be playing music but because she so appreciated the story of the songs and the sounds they created. Andrea also enjoyed cooking and dining at fine restaurants. Andrea’s legacy is that she truly took time to smell the roses no matter her circumstances and this is what she would want us all to have learned from her. Throughout her life, Andrea’s dream was to go to Paris, France, but unfortunately her dream was never realized. Through the Andrea Van Proyen Memorial Scholarship, Illinois students with financial need will be given the opportunity to study in Paris, France.

Barbara H. McGrath & B. Diane McGrath Go Global Scholarship Fund

The McGrath Go Global Scholarship supports study abroad for students who are Global Studies majors and/or are interested in improving the situation of orphans and children in foster care overseas and governmental policy relating to international adoption. The scholarship was established by Kenneth McGrath in memory of his wife, Barbara, and in honor of their daughter Diane, both graduates of Illinois. Diane’s interest in international work was sparked when her family hosted an exchange student from India. She studied abroad in Austria her junior year and since graduation has pursued an international career with ties to Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Australia.

Carlene & Andy Ziegler Study Abroad Scholarship Fund

The Carlene and Andy Ziegler Study Abroad Endowed Scholarship Fund was established in 2007 to assist academically strong students with financial need in participating in the Illinois' study abroad programs. Carlene studied abroad in France as an undergraduate and hoped to make that opportunity available for others.

Chad Lobdell Memorial Study Abroad Award Fund

The Lobdell family of Normal, Illinois, established the Chad Lobdell Memorial Scholarship in loving memory of their late son Chad, who spent his spring 1991 semester at the University of Lancaster. The purpose of the award is to give students wishing to study in Great Britain the chance to benefit from the experience of studying abroad—an experience which had a profound influence on Chad and those who knew him.

Charles Wert India-Illinois Scholarship Fund

The Charles Wert India-Illinois Scholarship Fund provides financial support to Illinois students studying abroad in India or other areas of South and Southeast Asia. The program reflects the Charles Wert’s strong interest in fostering interactions between Illinois and institutions in India.

Earl & Janice Kellogg International Award Fund

The Kellogg Award serves to honor Earl Kellogg, who served as Associate Provost for International Affairs, and his wife, Jan. The award is intended to increase the number of students with global competencies and in-depth understandings of other countries and cultures. Illinois students may achieve this advance in understanding by studying abroad and holding internships in the developing world, particularly in countries in Africa, Latin America, and Asia that historically have been underrepresented in study abroad. The award will help prepare Illinois students to function more effectively in their careers and citizenship at the local, state, national, and global levels.

Enabled Abroad Scholarship Fund

The Enabled Abroad Scholarship is available to undergraduate students with a physical or sensory disability who would like to participate in one of Illinois’ study abroad programs.

Study Abroad Scholarships Fund

Gifts to this fund support the Friends of Illinois International Study Abroad Scholarship, which is available to any student participating in one of Illinois' study abroad programs.

Joan Solaún Honorary Study Abroad Scholarship Fund

Joan Solaún served as director of Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange (then called the Study Abroad Office) for 23 years. During her tenure, Joan helped transform study abroad at Illinois from a small program that served only a few hundred students a year to one of the largest programs in the country. Today, thanks to Joan’s leadership, the Urbana campus sends more than 2,000 students to study in over fifty countries. The Joan Solaún Honorary Study Abroad Scholarship honors Joan’s many contributions to study abroad at Illinois and, at the same time, helps make studying abroad more affordable for deserving Illinois students.

Kelsey Fourdyce Memorial Study Abroad Scholarship Fund

This scholarship has been established by the family and friends of Kelsey Fourdyce to honor her memory and give those who otherwise would not be able to study abroad an opportunity to follow in her footsteps. Kelsey Fourdyce was a loving daughter, sister, aunt, niece, cousin, friend, and citizen of the world. Kelsey had a passion for life and a love for travel. While studying at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign—where in 2006 she earned her B.S. in Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences—she spent a semester in Granada, Spain, which sparked her curiosity for the people and languages of the world. Her travels inspired her to become fluent in Spanish and French, make homes on three continents, and receive degrees in two countries. In January, 2014, she was awarded a M.S. in International Business Development from the University of Neuchatel, Switzerland, with the distinction cum laude. Throughout her adventures, Kelsey built lasting friendships and left a meaningful impression on others everywhere. Recipients of this scholarship are encouraged to embrace other cultures, learn new languages, and make life-long relationships with those they meet along the way.

Margaret Marsden Murphy Study Abroad Award Fund

This scholarship was established in memory of Margaret Marsden Murphy by her family. Gifts to this fund support Illinois undergraduates in their study abroad experiences.

Mary B. Eddington Memorial Award Fund

This award was established in loving memory of the late Mary Eddington, by her mother, Mrs. Babette Eddington of Schaumburg, Illinois. Mary studied at Curtin University in Perth, Australia, in fall semester of 1997, and passed away before she could return to the United States. Mary loved her study abroad experience, and her mother Babette is grateful she is able to assist current students traveling overseas. This award directly assists female students with financial need going to Great Britain for a semester or academic year.

Mary E. Mohler Fund

The Mary E. Mohler International Study Grant seeks to promote a global orientation among future American leaders and professionals. The grant directly assists students in broadening their educational backgrounds and encompassing an international perspective, specifically students with an interest in international studies who study abroad in Great Britain, France, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Russia, and Pacific Rim countries. The fund was created by a generous gift from the late Mary Elizabeth Takach.

Melissa Dorsey Memorial Study Abroad Scholarship Fund

This scholarship was established in loving memory of Melissa Dorsey by her family. Melissa passed away on January 4, 2013, from cancer. She was a 2004 graduate of the University of Illinois. During her junior year, she studied abroad for a semester in Paris. Melissa went on to St. Louis University Law School earning a Juris Doctorate in 2007. Later, she went on to work as a Foreign Service Officer assigned as Consular Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel. Melissa loved traveling, learning languages, and experiencing different cultures. Through the Melissa Dorsey Memorial Study Abroad Scholarship, other students going abroad for a semester or academic year will have the opportunity to have the experience of living abroad.

Michael & Mary Ann Vahl Study Abroad Scholarship Fund

This scholarship was established by Michael and Mary Ann Vahl to support students studying in Scotland or other parts of the United Kingdom. Mike spent a year abroad at the University of Dundee and benefitted tremendously from that experience. Mr. and Mrs. Vahl are happy to directly assist current Illinois students who are studying abroad in the United Kingdom for a semester or academic year.

Nelle M. Signor Fellowship in International Relations

The Nelle M. Signor Fellowships are awarded annually to outstanding Illinois doctoral students conducting dissertation research in international relations and related fields. The fellowships are funded through a generous gift from the late Nelle M. Signor.

Suzanne & David Martin-Reay Endowment Fund

Suzanne and David Martin-Reay, having met as a result of Suzanne’s participation in study abroad, greatly benefited from it and strongly believe that all students having a desire should be able to participate in study abroad. They established this fund to enable Illinois students to gain an understanding of other cultures as well as critical international skills and experiences. This fund directly assists students with financial need who are abroad for an academic year.

William H. & Olivia F. Allaway Scholarship Fund

William H. and Olivia F. Allaway set up this scholarship to support an undergraduate student exhibiting academic merit and financial need enrolled in a study abroad program at the University of Illinois.