All Aboard for Study Abroad
Dozens of Spelman women jet off annually to their study abroad programs. Margery A. Ganz, Ph.D., director of the Study Abroad and International Exchange Program at Spelman, and professor of history, says the criteria for study abroad is clear-cut and the payoff for the students endless. At least 32 countries have hosted Spelmanites across Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe and Latin America, and include universities in the West Indies, England, Czech Republic, Japan and Chile.
The trips can be life-altering. Ariel Eckblad, valedictorian of the Spelman class of 2010, applied for and won a Fulbright scholarship during her senior year. The award, which covers travel, research, and study after graduation, is allowing her to research women in government in India. Last year, the recipient of a Harvard Law School acceptance letter won a Marshall Scholarship. Consequently, she will study at Royal Holloway, University of London after India and go to Harvard later. She was the third Marshall recipient for Spelman, and the College was the only HBCU to win a Marshall scholarship this cycle.