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USD students receive Global Learning Scholarships to study abroad

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Five University of South Dakota students have been awarded Global Learning Scholarships to study abroad.

Thanks to a grant from the U.S. Department of State, Morgan E. Nelson, a biology and mathematics major from Sioux Falls, S.D., will study in Ghana; Katie Kammert of Rapid City, S.D., majoring in both biology and Spanish, will study in Peru; Abby Wolf, a biology major from Jordan, Minn., will study in Ireland; Sean Patrick McCann, a biology and Spanish major from Newell, S.D., is to study in Argentina; and Alison Petrick of Gayville, S.D., majoring in biology and secondary education, will study in Costa Rica.

The $60,000 grant for “Capacity Building for Undergraduate Study Abroad Program” was awarded in 2010 to be used for scholarships for students traveling abroad, program development for students in targeted areas, and faculty and staff training opportunities.

USD Global Learning, part of the Center for Academic Engagement at USD, facilitates study abroad opportunities in all majors enabling students to complement their USD courses by focusing on language, culture, history, international business or other areas of specific interest. A complete list of programs can be found at: For more information about study abroad at USD, please contact the Center for Academic Engagement at or visit


USD’s Center for Academic & Global Engagement (CAGE) gives students the chance to gain real-world experience and knowledge and connect with their community and the larger world. CAGE offers academically based opportunities that create skills employers and graduate schools seek. Among them: off-campus service-learning programs, studying abroad, student exchange, undergraduate research and nationally competitive awards and fellowships. CAGE also provides support to international students with cultural and academic adjustments as well as immigration concerns.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 78 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

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Hanna DeLange
USD News