Heiskell Winner: Pitt Community College

2013 Heiskell Award Winner: Internationalizing the Community College

Pitt Community College

International Education Travel Scholarship (IETS)

Photo Caption: Pitt scholarship students in London.

Nomination submitted by: Andre B. Gregory, Coordinator of International Programs and Services

Program Overview: The International Education Travel Scholarship (IETS) provides full funding for participation in a Pitt Community College Abroad-sanctioned program and seeks to eliminate financial barriers for students and faculty recipients. The goal is to provide a study abroad experience to students who are eligible but are held back by financial constraints.

A key aspect of the program is that students become ambassadors for education abroad via two major scholarship requirements. First, students must complete a community and college sharing plan which requires students to find a creative way to share their experience with both college and community members who did not have the opportunity to travel abroad. Secondly, they are required to write a letter to the Global Education committee and college administration, detailing how their experience has affected them academically, professionally, and personally. 

This innovative program has also helped to internationalize Pitt Community College’s campus by granting faculty the opportunity to travel with the help of these scholarships. Upon return, faculty members share their experiences with classes and become recruiters for future programs. The scope of the scholarship has grown from one program abroad in its first year to three programs (Belize, Costa Rica, and Switzerland/Italy/France) with two more in the proposal stage (China and Scotland). 

The program’s impact and success is showcased in the words of a student scholarship recipient: "To be credited with a local education that shapes my future, I am honored.  But to be honored with a global education that shaped my life, I am forever grateful."

Pamela Hilbert, Vice President of Academic Affairs, recognized the key role played by an international experience. “There is no learning activity so powerful as to interact with people of other cultures in their own environments, and when possible, however briefly, in their own languages,” said Hilbert.

Program Implementation

Read the winning nomination, including details on how the program achieves its objectives

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2014 Awards Presentation
IIE will present the annual IIE Andrew Heiskell Awards for Best Practices in Internationalization at a ceremony in New York City on March 14, 2014, as part of the Annual Best Practices in Internationalization Conference.
Selection Panel Members 2013

The members of the selection panel for this year’s awards include the following leaders in international education:

Arlene Jackson
Director of International Education, American Association of State Colleges & Universities (AASCU)

Janice Thomas
Director, International Education Center, Brookdale Community College

Anne Waters
Associate Vice Provost for Global Programs, New York University

Brian Whalen
President and CEO, The Forum on Education Abroad