Emerson Scholarship for the Advancement of International Education

 "We believe that a study abroad experience is one of the most impactful educational opportunities a student can have during their undergraduate career. A structured study abroad experience can provide the stimulation, challenges, and opportunities needed to transform a student’s view of the world.  In addition, we believe that study abroad develops independence, self-confidence, and global awareness."

- Christie & Tom Emerson

Emerson RecipientDonors Intent & Vision Statement

It is our vision that all students with the desire to study abroad, who have not previously done so, should have the opportunity to participate in a program of their choice.  The Emerson International Education Scholarship will fund students who desire to participate in a study abroad program, but would not be able to do so without financial assistance. While we believe that all study abroad programs have the potential to transform, this scholarship will fund programs to countries outside of Western Europe where students are less likely to travel later in their life.

Scholarship Recipient Eligibility

  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Must be a full-time undergraduate student
  • Participating in a summer education abroad program outside of Western Europe
  • Program must include community engagement
  • Support letter (optional) – Letters of support are optional and should emphasize personal qualities or accomplishments that make the applicant a particularly compelling candidate
  • Must be able to demonstrate financial need for the scholarship

Scholarship Timeline

  • Application Deadline: November 15, 2017
  • Committee Decision: December 15, 2017
  • Recipient Award Confirmation: January 15, 2017


One scholarship of up to $2000 will be awarded for education abroad program cost after any other relevant scholarships, fellowships or similar financial awards have been applied.  If a balance in the yearly scholarship fund remains, a second scholarship (equal to the remaining amount in the fund rounded to the nearest hundred) may be awarded.

Programs Eligible for the Emerson Scholarship

How to Apply

If you wish to apply for the Emerson Scholarship, please review the requirements and deadlines listed above. Applicants who do not meet the the requirements along with any submissions after November 15, 2017 will be automaticaly denied.

Please email educationabroad@kennesaw.edu for questions reguarding the Emerson Scholarship.

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About the Emersons Emersons at dinner

Christie and Tom Emerson have lived inCobb County since 1989. Tom is a physician in the WellStar Medical Group who is known for his compassion and sense of humor. Christie is a professor in KSU’s WellStar School of Nursing where she loves to share her passion for the nursing profession, and was the faculty director of an education abroad program to Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates for six years. “As we considered how to give back to our community, we decided that a scholarship aligned best with our appreciation for our own education. When we considered what kind of scholarship would make the most impact, we both felt that nothing is more powerful than the transformational experience of studying abroad.