CCU scholarship open to students in community service for study abroad

vgrooms@thesunnews.comJanuary 21, 2014 

Coastal Carolina University students who are involved in community service in the Grand Strand area and want to study abroad can apply for the new Global Awareness Scholarship, backed by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) and the Office of International Programs and Services at CCU.

Four students will receive $750 to support their study-abroad program, beginning this spring. Those students must give a post-trip seminar on the results of their experience for OLLI members. CCU faculty or staff members also may participate in an OLLI-sponsored international travel program as a supporting member, given their experience/expertise in the travel location and/or theme of the respective trip and adequate OLLI participant enrollment. They also will give a seminar for OLLI members when they return.

Scholarships will be awarded to students who are full-time, degree-seeking students at CCU at the time of the application and award, who have a GPA of at least 2.5 and an active and verifiable involvement in community service to the Grand Strand area. Past recipients can reapply for the scholarship, but preference will be given to those who have not received the award.

“This scholarship is wonderful recognition for students who have already distinguished themselves in service to others in the Grand Strand community,” said Darla Domke-Damonte, executive director of global initiatives at CCU. “The requirement for award recipients to provide a public seminar upon their return completes the loop of learning and giving that the scholarship embodies. We are grateful to OLLI’s leadership council for its cooperation on this initiative.”

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For more information on CCU’s international initiatives, contact Domke-Damonte, at 349-2129 or

For more information about CCU’s study abroad opportunities, visit or contact Lori Patterson at 349-2684 or

For more information about OLLI, visit or contact Linda Ketron, OLLI director, at 234-3422 or

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