The scholarship was part of a four-week viral campaign with Abroad101.com inviting students to enlist their friends and family in a Facebook competition. Students were asked to respond to describe why they felt they deserved this scholarship and how they would incorporate their study abroad experience back at their home institution or community. The best answer that also elicited the greatest number of Facebook “Likes” won.
"As an African-American, I will contribute to the mere 4 percent of us studying abroad in postsecondary schools," Minter said. "I am blessed to be a minority within a minority, but statistics like these are upsetting and need to change. ... Through sharing my experiences, I hope to change this dynamic."
Minter will take college courses for credit in liberal arts and business at CEA's Global Campus in Shanghai, China, for Fall 2012. By applying early in CEA's application cycle, Minter managed to earn an additional $1,000 in savings off his program price.
"Participation in the scholarship experience with CEA and Abroad101.com made it evident that financial support – a leading impediment to college students wishing to study abroad – is available if you are willing to put in a little extra effort," he said.
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Established in 1997, CEA Global Education is a student-focused organization offering more than 100 study abroad programs for colleges, universities and high schools worldwide. Learn more online at http://www.GoWithCEA.com
Abroad101 is the world’s first, largest, and fastest growing study abroad review website. Founded in 2007 by Tufts, Harvard, and MIT graduates, Abroad101’s mission is to promote global citizenship by fostering the most meaningful study abroad experience for all students through technology innovation in international education. Abroad101 empowers universities with its free market-leading online evaluation tool and provides an advertising and student recruitment platform to global program providers. Abroad101 is a 2010 winner of the MassChallenge Global startup competition. To learn more, visit http://www.studyabroad101.com.