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These 13 Plymouth High School students will be going on Global Navigator trips this summer.

PHS awarded $45,000 in Global Navigator scholarships

Posted June 18, 2018

Thirteen Plymouth High School students will share $45,070 in Global Navigator Scholarships, enabling them to spend three or four weeks in a foreign country this summer.

Selected students attend summer study-abroad programs designed and directed by the Council on International Educational Exchange.

The scholarships are given to schools demonstrating a commitment to developing global citizens and enthusiasm for world language instruction. Scholarship recipients then are selected by CIEE from the school’s applicants based on both merit and financial need.

The first session runs from June 10 to July 7 and will include these PHS students:

  • Hana Goeser, who will be in mentoring youth in Morocco, is very excited to learn about a completely different culture and serve others while doing so. 
  • Claire Mulder, who will be in the Language Intensive Program in Mexico, is excited to learn about Mexican culture and what it is live to live daily life in another country. 
  • Kennidy Pelnar, who will be in the Language Intensive Program in Spain, wants to improve her Spanish and is most excited about travelling and seeing new things. 
  • Anna Seifert, who also will be in the Language Intensive Program in Spain, wants to grow as a person and live outside her comfort zone, while also improving her Spanish. 
  • Olivia Strutz will do marine science and field work in Portugal.
  • Monica Yolich, who will be promoting children's rights and education in Ghana, was inspired while learning in her Area Studies class about how children must give up their education to work in order to survive.

The second session runs from July 8 to Aug. 4 and will include these PHS students:

  • Anna Brink, who will be in the Language Intensive Program in Spain, wants to challenge herself with the language and to get out of her comfort zone. 
  • Madelaine Brix will be doing marine science and field work in Portugal.
  • Azure Maki will be creating change through solidarity in Mexico, because she loves the Latin American culture and wants to freshen up her Spanish. Azure received a 2017 scholarship to study in the Dominican Republic.
  • Caitlin McEvoy, who will be in the Language Intensive Program in Germany, wants to learn a third language and explore a new country. 
  • Katie Meyer, who will mentor youth and raise social awareness in Morocco, is most excited for the chance to be independent and self-reliant.
  • Esther Seely will be in the Language Intensive Program in Spain.
  • Ian Thiesenhusen will be doing digital filmmaking and documentary in Spain.

This is the third year in a row that PHS has received scholarships. Last year, four PHS students studied in France, Thailand, the Dominican Republic, and Botswana; in 2016 nine students went to Mexico, Spain, Germany, Botswana, the Dominican Republic, and Chile.

Only schools offering a Global Education Achievement Certificate can apply for the scholarships. Students can apply for any of 44 CIEE programs in 22 destinations. All programs combine cultural immersion and top-notch academics, and each focuses on language and culture, service and leadership, or global discovery.

All PHS freshmen, sophomores and juniors are invited to apply for 2019 scholarships by Dec. 1.

Learn more:
• Visit the Innovative Opportunities section of our District Report Card to learn more about the unparalleled opportunities for international experiences available to our students.