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Chancellor John C. Cavanaugh International Education Award

This award was established by the PASSHE International Education Council (PIEC) and the Chancellor’s Council of Social Equity, Campus Climate and Inclusion (CCSECCI) to acknowledge and applaud Dr. John C. Cavanaugh’s dynamic leadership. Dr. Cavanaugh served as Chancellor of PASSHE from July 1, 2008 thru February 28, 2013 and worked diligently to increase and improve international education experiences for students within PASSHE.

The purpose of this award is to provide funding for a PASSHE student(s) to participate in an international education experience including programs such as student and teacher exchanges, second-language learning, and educational cooperation between schools in different countries.

Eligibility Requirements:

Eligible candidate must meet the following criteria at their home institution at time of study abroad departure: 

  • Must be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student at a PASSHE university
  • Must be a Pell Grant or PHEAA recipient
  • Must be a resident of Pennsylvania
  • Must be participating in an institutionally approved overseas program
  • Must be in good academic and judicial standing
  • Preference will be given to students who have no overseas experience
Amount Awarded and Number of Awards:
  • One $750 award is available for the 2014-1015 Academic Year.

Student Requirements:
  • Complete the Chancellor John C. Cavanaugh International Education Award application
  • Submit one written academic reference from a university faculty member
  • Submit an official university transcript
  • Prepare a typewritten personal statement of 250-500 words on the following points:
    • Why did you choose this program?  What do you hope to gain?
    • Describe any previous international experience(s).
    • If awarded, how would the money support your goals
    • Address how you would share your overseas educational experiences with other PASSHE students or the community of Pennsylvania upon your return to campus.
  • Application, reference, transcript and personal statement must be postmarked by May 16, 2014 to:

    PASSHE Foundation
    Attn:  Eileen Showers
    2986 North 2nd Street
    Harrisburg, PA  17110


Recipient Requirements:
  • Send a thank you note to the PASSHE Foundation to be shared with donors.  
  • Provide a written after-action report to the PASSHE Foundation which will be shared with private funders and prospects. 
  • Participate in activities and share your overseas experience with other PASSHE students and donors (scholarship luncheon, presentations, information sessions, newsletter/paper articles, etc.)
Selection/Notification Procedure:
  • The Chancellor John C. Cavanaugh International Education Award Selection Committee is comprised of representatives from the PASSHE Foundation Scholarship Committee and the PASSHE Office of the Chancellor. The award recipient will be notified of the award by late June/early July. Unsuccessful applicants will also receive notification.