WVSU On Demand
March 31, 2010
University Fellows Program Gets $450,000 Daniel Foundation Gift
Samford University has received a $450,000 pledge payable over three years from the Daniel Foundation of Alabama to endow international study scholarships in its University Fellows program. The highly competitive program attracts top students through its combination of an interdisciplinary liberal arts curriculum with international study and undergraduate research opportunities.
During January Term of the sophomore year, all University Fellows study abroad in Italy. The Daniel Foundation gift will provide additional funding for junior and senior Fellows who wish to study abroad in other locations such as Greece, Costa Rica, Hong Kong or South Africa.
“This generous gift will support the University Fellows program as it seeks to challenge students in one of the primary aspects of the program, exploring their education in a global context,” said program Director Chris Metress. “Global Studies courses are taught in more than 20 disciplines across the Samford campus, enabling University Fellows to make the world their classroom.”
A total of 75 students are enrolled in the University Fellows program. They include 15 National Merit Scholars. The group has an average ACT score of 31. They represent 29 majors in five undergraduate colleges, and 77 percent are from outside Alabama.