Study Abroad Office Creates $15,000 Passport Initiative

November 3, 2017 - The UofM Study Abroad Office has created the Passport Initiative, which aims to help low-income students obtain their first passport, eliminating one of the up-front cost barriers to study abroad. The $15,000 initiative creates $150 Passport Scholarships for 100 low-income students.

To obtain the $150 Passport Scholarship, students will submit a completed passport application at the Spring 2018 Study Abroad Fair on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Rose Theatre, along with a Passport Scholarship Voucher Form. The first qualifying 100 students who submit these items will be awarded a Passport Scholarship in the amount of $150, reimbursing students the cost of obtaining a passport. No study abroad commitment is required for students to receive the Passport Scholarship.

Representatives of the Charleston, S.C., Passport Center will be at the Study Abroad Fair reviewing and accepting the passport applications, and no appointments will be necessary to submit a passport application. The UofM encourages all students, faculty, staff and community members to attend the Study Abroad Fair to submit their passport applications, as anyone may apply for their passport at the Fair.

The UofM Study Abroad Office offers rigorous academic programs during the summer, semester and academic year. Non-UofM students and community members are eligible to participate on some of UofM's short-term programs. The Study Abroad Fair showcases the many Study Abroad Programs available. The UofM encourages all students to take advantage of the opportunity to gain international experience while completing their degree.

Chuck Gallina