First Recipients of AEA’s Study Abroad Scholarship

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]In 2012, Antioch Education Abroad (AEA) introduced a new scholarship to honor two of our co-founders, who were visionary leaders in the field of international education. Irwin Abrams and Paula Lazarus Spier were influential as early theorists and practitioners of international education, and were instrumental in the founding of Antioch Education Abroad in 1957.

As an Antioch College faculty member, Abrams took on the college’s challenge to enable every student to study abroad. In 1957, he led the European Urban Term, proving that a semester-long, thematic program abroad could demonstrate rigor. Later, in 1972, Spier opened AEA programs to students from colleges and universities around the country. She was a formative and active member of the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE), as well as the Association of International Educators (NAFSA).

With this distinguished legacy, AEA awarded the first set of Irwin Abrams and Paula L. Spier Study Abroad Scholarships to 12 students from the following institutions to participate in Fall 2013 AEA programs:


Bradley University (IL)
Brazilian Ecosystems Brown University (RI)
Buddhist Studies in India Brown University (RI)
Japan and Its Buddhist TraditionsCleveland State University (OH)
Japan and Its Buddhist TraditionsThe College of Wooster (OH)
Arts and Culture in West AfricaGoucher College (MD)
Buddhist Studies in India
Gustavus Adolphus College (MN)
Women’s and Gender Studies in Europe Ithaca College (NY)
Buddhist Studies in India Rhode Island College (RI)
Antioch in GermanyUniversity of California – Davis (CA)
Buddhist Studies in IndiaUniversity of the Incarnate Word (TX)
Brazilian EcosystemsVassar College (NY)
Buddhist Studies in India



Any undergraduate student in good academic standing currently enrolled in a U.S. college or university, may apply for the scholarship towards an AEA study abroad program. Multiple scholarships will be awarded each year, and may range from $1,500 to $4,000. Awards are made each semester.

The scholarship is need-based, and aims to support broader access to study abroad opportunities through AEA. It supports the core values and vision of Antioch University to build diverse, inclusive learning communities, and to offer transformative education in a global context.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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