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Office of International Programs Global Experience Opportunities

Funding opportunities managed by the college's Office of International Programs. Please click on the link at the bottom of the page to apply for the following awards toward your costs for international experience.

James and Pamela Reese Arbuckle Scholarship in International Agriculture

After a life full of incredible international opportunities, James and Pamela Reese Arbuckle established this fund to assist full-time undergraduate students enrolled in the International Agriculture Minor or graduate students enrolled in the International Agriculture and Development Dual-Title Degree Program who are studying or doing research internationally. Although preference is given to students with financial need, it is not a requirement for this award. This scholarship is awarded in July and should be applied for by filling out the College of Agricultural Sciences general scholarship application here: http://agsci.psu.edu/students/scholarships.

The following are endowments that are awarded during three deadlines of January 31, March 15, and September 30. Please fill out the application at the link below to be considered for these awards.

Joseph Cordivano, Sr. Memorial Award

Thanks to the generous support of Penn State alumnus Ben Cordivano, the College of Agricultural Sciences created the Joseph Cordivano, Sr., Memorial Award in honor of his late grandfather, a dedicated mushroom farmer. This award was established to encourage undergraduate students minoring in International Agriculture (INTAG) and in a major in the Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education (AESE) to participate in an agricultural education and/or agriculturally related study abroad program. 

GO! The Global Opportunity Award

GO! The Global Opportunity Award was established by Diane Cressman Blanton, an Agricultural Sciences alumna with a continuing dedication to the University as evidenced by this award, her service on the Armsby Honor Society, and her role as a founding donor for the Arboretum at Penn State. This fund focuses on students with a financial need who are planning to study abroad.

GOTCHA Fund

The College of Agricultural Sciences, thanks to the generous support of former Secretary of Agriculture, Boyd Wolff, and his wife Peggy, created the GOTCHA Fund in 2001. Money from the GOTCHA Fund (which stands for "Give Others The Chance to Have an Adventure"), helps Penn State's students with financial need offset the costs of studying abroad. Students who receive a GOTCHA grant are asked to give back to the fund in the future to help others "have an adventure!"

Earl and Kay Harbaugh Endowment for International Programs in the College of Agricultural Sciences

This endowment, designed to fund undergraduates in study abroad programs within the College of Agricultural Sciences, is one of many established by Earl Harbaugh, a Distinguished Alumnus, and his wife Kay. Earl graduated from Penn State with a degree in Agriculture and went on to serve as an entrepreneur for several agricultural companies. Earl and Kay continue to be active partners in fundraising for student experiences in the Agricultural Sciences.

George Settlemyer Fund for International Agriculture Experiences

This fund was endowed to assist College of Agricultural Sciences' undergraduate students' efforts to incorporate an international experience into their undergraduate curriculum by helping to off-set costs associated with international studies. Preference will be given to Plant Sciences majors with a crops focus planning to enroll in a semester program; however, other majors will be considered. Awards may be applied toward semester study abroad program costs, international internships, international research or an international experience via a short term faculty-led or embedded course.

The Elaine and Howard Steele Fund for Ag. Adventures

This fund is provided by Elaine and Howard Steele to assist College of Agricultural Sciences’ undergraduate students’ efforts to incorporate an international experience (preferably in a developing country) into their undergraduate curriculum by helping to off-set costs associated with international studies.  Preference will be given to Community, Environment and Development or Environmental & Renewable Resource Economics majors, however, other majors will be considered. 

The Ron & Dorothy Young Fund in International Agriculture

This fund was endowed to assist College of Agricultural Sciences' undergraduate students' efforts to incorporate an international experience into their undergraduate curriculum by helping to off-set costs associated with international studies. Preference will be given to Food Science and Agribusiness Management majors planning to enroll in a semester program; however, other majors will be considered. Awards may be applied toward semester study abroad program costs, international internships, international research or an international experience via a short term faculty-led or embedded course.