GoAbroad COO Joins Fund for Education Abroad Advisory Board

GoAbroad is pleased to announce that we have joined forces with the Fund for Education Abroad as an Access Partner for 2018-2019. The mission of the Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) is to provide scholarships and ongoing support to students who are underrepresented among the US study abroad population.

Access Partners engage in the FEA mission through annual support toward scholarships and also serve as members of the Access Advisory Board (AAB), providing a critical leadership-level feedback loop on the Access Partner Program.

Kayla Patterson, COO of GoAbroad.com
Kayla Patterson, COO of GoAbroad.com

Kayla Patterson, COO of GoAbroad, has taken a seat as a member of the AAB. She will work with the rest of the board towards the overall program goals, which include but are not limited to:

  • Engaging in the FEA mission to provide scholarships and ongoing support to students who are underrepresented among the U.S. study abroad population
  • To increase the number of scholarships FEA provides annually by hosting Access Partner allocated or co-branded scholarships
  • Supporting high performing, non-awarded students in the FEA pipeline with pre-determined incentives to further increase access to study abroad

“I am looking forward to participating in dialogue with other leaders in our field on how we can increase access to study abroad,” Patterson says, “and we hope that GoAbroad’s reach and marketing assets can help bring more awareness to the Fund for Education Abroad and all the amazing things they are doing each year.”

Patterson is joining leaders on the AAB from the following organizations:

  • AIFS Study Abroad
  • The Intern Group
  • Foundation for International Education (FIE)
  • Terra Dotta
  • University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC)
  • SIT Study Abroad
  • The School for Field Studies (SFS)
  • IFSA Study Abroad
  • CAPA: The Global Education Network
  • The University of Auckland

Patterson will be attending the FEA Scholar Gala and AAB Meeting in Washington, DC on November 15, 2018. The Gala¬†brings together FEA’s alumni with the donors and communities who support their dreams and ambitions of studying abroad.

“The importance of this collaboration must not go unnoticed. Education abroad is a competitive business with providers and institutions each seeking to expand enrollments as dictated by their respective strategic plans. Efforts to bring these competitors together in ways that might advance international education to my knowledge have been largely unsuccessful. Thus, the Access Partner program is a special success story,” writes Kerry Geffert of Terra Dotta, speaking about the AAB.

To learn more about the Fund for Education Abroad and get involved, visit their website.

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