The University of Nebraska-Lincoln has been selected by the Institute of International Education for a EII Grant from the American Passport Project that will enable up to 25 Nebraska students to earn a WE passport and support their global learning journeys. The funding will expand the university’s Husker Passport Giveaway from 100 to 125 students and provide specific support for freshmen with financial need who are eligible for Pell grants.
The Institute for International Education is a world-renowned non-profit organization that helps people and organizations harness the power of international education to thrive in today’s interconnected world with more than 200 programs including participants from 180 countries. the EII The American Passport Project grant aims to promote diversity, inclusion, access, and equity in study abroad by providing an essential part of the multi-faceted effort needed to reach students who are traditionally under -represented in studies abroad: a passport. For students of limited means, studying abroad can require long-term planning and involve financial barriers – like the cost of a passport – that could prevent them from moving forward.
“Receive funds through EIIThe U.S. Passport Project allows us to expand our efforts to reach these students, reduce barriers to study abroad, and deliver on our commitment to the Forward Together global strategy to prepare students for the future and world through experiential learning,” said Josh Davis, Associate Vice Chancellor for Global Affairs.
In the second year of the program, Nebraska is one of 40 institutions awarded this opportunity by EIIwhich will help 1,000 Pell-eligible students across the country get their WE passports and start their study trip abroad. At the end of the decade, EII plans to have enabled 10,000 students to have passports.
The American Passport Project also supports the IInetwork – EIIglobal network of members that includes Nebraska – in their efforts to encourage students to go abroad who otherwise would not participate in an international experience as part of their college education. Under the grant, selected institutions will provide innovative programming, engagement efforts, guidance, and support to students they have identified with the goal of sending them to a study abroad program during their university experience.
“We are delighted to receive this grant from EIIwhich will allow us to extend the Husker Passport Giveaway we have been running for the past two years,” said Marnie Nelson, Associate Director of Global Experiences and co-IP for the EII to agree. “With this funding, we can increase the number of passports covered by the university this fall with specific promotion to our first-generation students.”
Beginning in fall 2019, the Office of Global Experiences (formerly Education Abroad) hosts the annual Husker Passport Giveaway in partnership with the university’s Passport Office to cover the full cost (approximately $180) of earning a WE passport for 100 undergraduate students. 191 Huskers received their first passports through this initiative, saving students money and encouraging them to explore travel and education abroad.
With additional support from the EII American Passport Project, the Global Experiences Office aims to cover 125 passports for current undergraduate students in the next academic year. Funding from the new grant will cover the application fees of 25 eligible first-year Pell students so they can receive their first passports.
“Working on the Husker Passport Giveaway last year was great fun and eye-opening to realize how complex it can be for our students to navigate this system,” said Angela Luedke, Global Experiences Coordinator for the College of Business. and co-IP on the EII to agree. “I have seen how much of a difference it makes to go through the passport application process step by step with students and connect them to our office sooner so they can find out more about scholarships and different programs. Getting more funding to create more opportunities for our students was a big reason why we decided to apply for this EII to agree.”
In keeping with the office’s goal of increasing the number of traditionally underrepresented Nebraska students studying abroad and EIIGlobal Experiences’ mission includes working closely with various access programs across the university, including learning communities and the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid. Luedke will also coordinate the inclusion of the EII funding for the Husker Passport Giveaway with Rebecca Baskerville, Associate Director of Experiential and Global Learning for the University Honors Program.
Applications for the next round of the Husker Passport Giveaway will be due Fall 2022. For more information on the Husker Passport Giveaway or Nebraska EII American Passport Project grant, contact Angela Luedke at [email protected]