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Prince George’s County Executive Congratulates Winners of Study Abroad Scholarship
Prince George’s County Executive Congratulates Winners of Study Abroad Scholarship


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Four students at the University of Maryland (UMD) have been selected to travel abroad for a semester as part of the Prince George’s County International Ambassador (PGCIA) Study Abroad Scholarships program, a collaborative effort on the part of the Office of the County Executive, UMD’s College of Education, and UMD’s Education Abroad Office. The students, who are also high school graduates of Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS), were awarded funds based on demonstrated interest in international studies, academic promise, and financial need.


“The chance to study abroad is a life-changing opportunity, but too often it is also an unaffordable one, particularly for low-income and minority students,” said Baker. “This scholarship program is an investment by my office and by the University of Maryland in expanding opportunities for some of our most promising students by offering them the chance to become truly global and multicultural learners and ambassadors for our County. I want to congratulate our four winners, and thank the University for partnering with my office to fund this program.”


The PGCIA Study Abroad program was established in order to give students with an interest in international studies the financial aid necessary to spend a semester abroad. Since its beginning four years ago, a total of thirty-one student “ambassadors” have been supported with individual scholarships valued from $1,000 to $1,500.  


“The truth is that global competency is a necessity in the 21st century,” said Dr. P. Bai Akridge, director of the PGCIA program. “It is clear that our students will be competing with everyone from everywhere for everything. If they are to serve as tomorrow’s leaders, they must gain exposure to the world today.”


Students with demonstrated financial need are statistically less likely to participate in critical educational opportunities overseas and are the most underrepresented group in college study abroad programs. At the University of Maryland, less than 3% of the most financially needy students study abroad. The PGCIA scholarship program aims to increase the number of low-income and minority students studying internationally.


During the previous scholarship year, ten student ambassadors completed study trips to Australia, Costa Rica, Germany, Ghana, Italy and Israel. The current cohort, listed below, will travel to Australia, Brazil, El Salvador and Korea. Included in this cohort is a recipient of the prestigious Gilman International Scholarship, a nationally competitive study abroad scholarship funded by the U.S. State Department.

Dan Tran(SO)


Spring 2012



Allen Aderotoye (JR)

Resource Econ/Bus

Winter 2011



Djuan Short (SR)


Winter 2011

El Salvador


Philip Redway (JR)


Winter 2011




The awards also encourage recipients to “give back” to the community by obliging the selected students to share their experiences through outreach activities in public schools, mentorships with college-bound high school students, and/or volunteer service in internationally-oriented organizations in the County. A partnership with PGCPS also enables student ambassadors to speak to current public high school students in the County about their experience abroad.


“In these especially tough financial times for local and state governments, I am greatly encouraged by the continued support of County Executive Baker,” says Dr. Akridge. “It is also increasingly difficult to find financial support for programs like this one, so we are actively seeking other sources of funding to continue and expand this important program.” 

The PGCIA program is administered by the International Center for Transcultural Education at the University of Maryland’s College of Education, in collaboration with the UMD Education Abroad Office. To learn more about the PGCIA Study Abroad Scholarship program, please contact P. Bai Akridge, Ph.D., PGCIA Director: 301.442.6732 (Phone), or email pbai@umd.edu. Further information is also available on Maryland’s International Programs Study Abroad website: www.international.umd.edu/studyabroad/6190