Peter A. Wollitzer Advocacy Award
The Forum’s Wollitzer Award was established to honor a colleague who has been remarkably effective in influencing institutions of higher learning to understand and support education abroad through the promotion of The Forum’s mission: developing and disseminating comprehensive standards of good practice, resources and training, advocating for education abroad and its values, and engaging the field in critical dialogue.
Award for Academic Achievement Abroad
The Forum’s Award for Academic Achievement Abroad recognizes excellence in academic work completed by students as part of an education abroad program. The students’ projects are judged by faculty from Forum member institutions, award recipients present their work at a plenary session at the Annual Forum Conference each year.
Award for Excellence in Education Abroad Curriculum Design
The Forum’s Award for Excellence in Curriculum Design honors faculty who develop and implement innovative and effective education abroad curricula. It is the education abroad field’s only award presented to an individual or group of individuals for excellence in the design of an education abroad course.
Ron Koehn Conference Grant Award
The Ron Koehn Conference Grant Award for Innovative Education Abroad Programs is named in honor of Ron Koehn. A long time education abroad innovator, Ron played a significant role in advancing the education abroad field, especially through his contributions to innovations in program design. His career in education abroad spanning more than 45 years of service, he contributed extensively to the work of the American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS), Teikyo University, the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) and the Foundation for International Education (FIE). Ron’s energy and creativity were critical to the growth and success of these organizations, and helped to offer education abroad opportunities for thousands of students.
Notably, Ron was a pioneer in the development of study abroad for community college students through his developing ways to combine affordability with quality, and effective curricula with high standards. A beloved mentor to many, Ron helped to train a generation of education abroad professionals. The Forum’s Ron Koehn Conference Grant Award for Innovative Education Abroad Programs will honor Ron’s outstanding contributions to the education abroad field for many years to come.
The Ron Koehn Conference Grant Award is given annually to a faculty member or education abroad colleague who has been especially effective in contributing to innovations in education abroad program design. Only individuals from Forum Member institutions are eligible to apply for the Award, and especially welcomed are those from community colleges, minority-serving institutions, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), and Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs).
The winner of the Award receives a stipend that helps to underwrite the cost of attendance at the Forum Annual Conference. The recipient is expected to attend the entire conference and prepare a report on how the conference benefited him or her. The report and a detailed expense sheet with scanned receipts must be submitted within 30 days of the conference. Upon receipt of this report, grant money will be bestowed.
The application deadline (for the 16th Annual Conference in Kansas City) is TBD. Applicants will be notified by mid-December.
A limited amount of funding is available to help defray the costs of participating in The Forum’s 16th Annual Conference in Kansas City.
In light of The Forum’s strategic goals, The Forum is making additional funding available to support the attendance of colleagues from non-member institutions. This means that more travel grants than ever before will be awarded this year, and we invite both Forum members and non-members to apply!
The Forum’s travel grants are awarded to education abroad professionals who may otherwise be unable to attend the conference without financial assistance. Selection is based on demonstrated need and anticipated benefit from attending the conference. Grant awards may range from US$200 to US$800.
Funding is available for colleagues who are employed by member institutions, as well as those employed by non-member institutions. All colleagues who have a financial need are encouraged to apply, especially those that have never attended a Forum conference.
In accordance with The Forum’s strategic goals, strong selection preference will be given to colleagues from the following institution types:
- Community colleges
- Minority-serving institutions
- Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)
- Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs)
- International institutions/organizations
Grant recipients are expected to attend the entire conference and submit a post-conference report on how the conference benefited them. The report must include a detailed expense sheet and scanned receipts, and be submitted within 30 days of the conference. The Forum will reimburse any receipts up to the amount that was awarded to the attendee. Upon receipt of this report, grant money will be bestowed.
The application deadline for travel grants for the 16th Annual Conference is TBD. Grant recipients will be notified by mid-December.