It takes a lot for an international student to live behind family and their entire life and go to a new country for studying. It has its perks, but there are struggles too. To reduce the stress and anxiety of first-generation international students, Arizona State University launched a program. The program is so good that it even got a national award.
The program is Planning Scholars program and awards funding to study-abroad to the students who are first in their families to study in a foreign country. Arizona State University won the 2018 year Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion in International Education Award from the Diversity Abroad organization for the program. Adam Henry, director, Study Abroad Office, Arizona State University, said that the university feels honored to accept the award. The program was established to support the first generation international student who is most underrepresented. The university researched a lot about students of first-generation and found things they need help in before, while pursuing, and after studying abroad. Their program not only covers financial support but mental support and help in paperwork too.
Planning Scholars program awarded to the high number than 150 students since 2015. The university already has received funding for three batches of 35 students each for the next coming three years. Students have to mention themselves as first-generation students in their form of FAFSA. Then the university invites them to fill the program application.
Holt was one of the firsts to get the scholarship
In their fall 2017 intake, around 26 percent students revealed that they were the first ones from their family to study abroad. Approximately 10 years ago, the share was 18 percent. Cody Holt, a student at ASU, didn’t think that he will be able to study in a foreign country ever, but he did.
Holt revealed that he comes from a low socioeconomic class family and they weren’t financially stable. But with ASU’s help, it was a possibility.