Antioch University Offers Irwin Abrams and Paula Lazarus Spier Scholarship to Support Education Abroad

Antioch Education Abroad founders honored as scholarship helps make studying abroad more accessible


Antioch Education Abroad Founders Irwin Abrams and Paula L. Spier

AEA Founders Irwin Abrams and Paula L. Spier

YELLOW SPRINGS, OH – In an effort to make college and university study abroad opportunities more accessible, Antioch Education Abroad announces the Irwin Abrams and Paula L. Spier Study Abroad Scholarship. Irwin Abrams and Paula Lazarus Spier were visionary leaders in the field of international education as theorists and practitioners of experiential learning. They were co-founders of Antioch Education Abroad in 1957.

The scholarships are need-based and range from $1,500 – $4,000 per semester and offered to support broader access for students to study abroad through AEA. AEA is currently accepting applications for the scholarship, which can be applied toward any AEA study abroad program in a number of locations around the world.

“Both Irwin and Paula tirelessly dedicated their lives and academic careers to creating and promoting cross-cultural experiences through study abroad as a pathway for international peace-building,” said Andrzej Bloch, Dean of University International Education. “This scholarship is just one way we can recognize their commitment to AEA.”

A student in the Brazilian Ecosystems program untangles a bird from a mist net

As an Antioch College faculty member in History, 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 academic rigor. He published countless articles on international education, and became a leading authority on the history of the Nobel Peace Prize.

Spier led international education efforts for Antioch students, and opened AEA programs to students from colleges and universities around the country in 1972. She was a formative, active member of the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE), and the Association of International Educators (NAFSA), who awarded her the “Leo R. Dowling Award of Excellence” in 1990, after her formal retirement in 1985.

Undergraduate students 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.

For an application, and details on how to apply, visit:
Or contact us at: (800)874-7986 / [email protected]

AEA student in the Brazillian Ecosystems program

A student learning from his mentor as part of the Arts and Culture in West Africa program

About Antioch Education Abroad:Since the 1950s Antioch Education Abroad has been a pioneer in global education offering rigorous academic programs with cultural immersion abroad. Two of AEA’s co-founders, Irwin Abrams and Paula L. Spier, were instrumental in helping to shape the field of international education nationwide.

In 2012, one-third of all students participating in AEA programs came from the top 25 colleges or universities in the United States, as ranked by U.S. News and World Report, including Amherst, Bates, Bowdoin, Carleton, Carnegie Mellon, Colby, Columbia, Harvard, Middlebury, Northwestern, Smith, Swarthmore, Vassar, and Wesleyan.

AEA students are directly engaged in their fields internationally and gain invaluable, relevant, real world experience. The top-notch academic quality of Antioch’s study abroad programs includes the unique integrating of academic study with practical, hands-on learning through internships, service learning, and independent field research.

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Media Contact:
Matt Cookson
Communications Advisor
University Communications
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