Olivia Soule '19: "Thank you to the donors who funded this scholarship for me. I feel so grateful to have been in Senegal. This would not have been possible without you!" (Dakar, Senegal)
Fulfilling a Legacy to Study-Travel Abroad
Helen Barr Rudin '32 was one of Lawrence's first students to study abroad when she participated in a program in France. This deeply impacted and shaped her strong belief in the value of education abroad. The Helen Barr Rudin Student Study-Travel Abroad Program was established through a planned gift upon Helen's passing in 2007 to enable Lawrence students to participate in study abroad programs. Fifty students over the past 10 years have been able to travel abroad to study, perform, and volunteer with around $100,000 in scholarship aid being awarded.
Literacy and education were two of Helen's passions. She had served the positions of Student Dean at Syracuse University, Dean of Women and a French Professor at Mount Union College, Assistant Dean of Women at Carleton College, Assistant Dean of Women at Michigan State Normal College, and in 1948 moved to Ypsilanti, MI as Assistant Dean of Women at Eastern Michigan University.
Helen was a pioneer of planned giving at Lawrence, establishing five gift annuities and habitually returning her quarterly annuity payments to Lawrence as gifts to the Lawrence Fund. She also enjoyed making regular unrestricted cash gifts in memory of friends.
An Inspired Legacy for Study Abroad
John (Andy) Schwartzburg '64 wished to establish a fund that would help students in the humanities study abroad as a part of their undergraduate experience. His vigor to do so was inspired from his participation in a study abroad program to Germany during his time at Lawrence. Fluent in German, he served as a German teacher for many years at The Lawrenceville School in New Jersey.
Through Andy's bequest, the John Anderton Schwartzburg Fund for Study Abroad was established in 2016. Grants will be given annually to students attending Lawrence-affiliated or Lawrence-sponsored international off-campus study programs that are a term, semester or academic year in length.Lawrence provides many funding opportunities to help make the dream of studying abroad a reality!
Maria Poimenidou, 2020
"I am currently a senior double majoring in biochemistry and economics and minoring in Innovation & Entrepreneurship. I cannot express enough how much I appreciate the Theodore Diamandopoulos Memorial Scholarship, without it, my Lawrence experience would not be possible. I have enjoyed being a mentor in the CORE freshman mentorship program, playing and working for the Women's Basketball team, competing in Model United Nations, interning as a lab assistant at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, hosting a pilot STEM program for young unaccompanied refugees in Greece, and volunteering through KidsGive during a field trip to Sierra Leone. Thank you so much for supporting me in doing the things I dream to do."