U.S. Rep. James E. Clyburn, D-South Carolina, joined leaders from the Council on International Educational Exchange and Scott's Branch Middle/High School on Tuesday, Aug. 29, to honor four students who recently returned from studying abroad on scholarships created in Clyburn's name.
CIEE introduced the Clyburn Scholar Awards to recognize Congressman Clyburn's support of access to high-quality public education and the benefits of student exchanges, which are representative of CIEE's efforts to increase access to studying abroad.
"Today, more than ever, our local communities and our world need strong leaders of sound character who understand history and the lessons it teaches," Clyburn said. "These young, talented global scholars from rural South Carolina now have a sense of our world that they would have never had without the opportunity to study language and culture this summer in Europe and Latin America."
The four Scott's Branch students who received scholarships and their study abroad programs are seniors Adrianna Dingle, Sky Harvin and Skylar Harvin and junior Devin Brown.
The seniors studied in Santiago, Dominican Republic, while Brown studied in Toulouse, France.
"Clarendon School District 1 and Scott's Branch Middle/High School is extremely pleased to be able to honor these current students and alumni that had the fantastic opportunity to travel aboard to expand their learning experiences," said Scott's Branch Middle/High School Principal Robert Collar.
The Clyburn Scholars are exceptional students who were selected based on academic merit and eagerness to learn how to navigate a new language, connect with people from a different culture and impact global issues, according to a CIEE news release. Selected students received a Clyburn Scholar Award covering the full cost of attending a CIEE Global Navigator high school study abroad program earlier this summer.
"For 70 years, CIEE has worked with visionary leaders in education and government to promote programs that advance intercultural exchange and peaceful interchange among people from different cultures. CIEE's collaboration with Congressman Clyburn and Scott's Branch Principal Collar enabled these four exemplary young leaders from Clarendon County to see the world in a different way," said James P. Pellow, president and CEO of CIEE.
"As their parents shared this afternoon, they returned from abroad more confident, self-assured and motivated to make the world a better place," Pellow said
The Clyburn Scholar Awards are part of nearly $3 million in funding provided through CIEE's Global Navigator Scholarship program, which is dedicated to providing access to summer study abroad experiences for high school students across the country, the release said.