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Financial Support for January Travel

Exploration Term Travel Awards

Birmingham-Southern College recognizes the benefit of study-travel experiences, whether through independent study or with a group from BSC, and we want students to realize their Exploration Term plans regardless of financial need. Therefore, the Student Government Association and the Office of Exploration Term and Contract Learning have set aside a limited amount of funds for Exploration Term travel awards. The funds are available to sophomores, juniors, and seniors who will be engaged in domestic or international study. Preference will be given to applicants with financial need and to those whose Exploration Term plans exhibit a strong academic component.

Interested students should complete an Exploration Term travel award application by Tuesday, September 16, 2014.

The Exploration Term travel award application may be found here:

The Neal R. Berte Koinonia Scholarship

The students at Birmingham-Southern College created a new scholarship both to support peers participating in service-learning projects during the college's Exploration Term and to honor the silver anniversary of Birmingham-Southern's 11th president, Dr. Neal Berte.

The application for the Neal R. Berte Koinonia Scholarship is available here and is due by Tuesday, September 16, 2014.

Past winners include:

2003 Matthew Caine: Independent Study in NY, NY: The Riverside Church
2004 Whitney Hasen and Elizabeth Wright: The needs of orphanages and the children of orphanages in the Dominican Republic
2009 Marian Bradshaw: The Raphael House: Homelessness in San Francisco
2010 Tiffany Dy and Lindsay Scott Moore: Discovering India: Healthcare Exploration Through Medical Volunteer Work
2011 Lexi Sack: If You Teach a Child to Farm: A Study of Sustainable Livestock Farms and Urban Community Gardens
2012 Katelin Adams and Virginia Ann Jordan: Exploring Education and Sustainability in Ecuador

If you have any questions, please contact:

Dr. Katy E. Leonard
Office of Exploration Term and Contract Learning
Birmingham Southern College
900 Arkadelphia Road
Birmingham, AL 35254
(205) 226-4647
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