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The Allen Schanck Roberts '85 Scholarship Fund was established in 1993 by family and friends to honor the memory of Allen Roberts (1963‑1993). It provides assistance to undergraduates for summer study or an internship abroad. Preference is given to students with a demonstrated interest in journalism and achievements in foreign languages. Consideration will also be given to qualities of heart and mind that distinguished Allen Roberts ‑‑ curiosity, independence of thought, and an ability to voice the concerns and aspirations of people of diverse backgrounds and stations in life. A member of the Class of 1985, Allen Roberts was a reporter for the Journal of Commerce, the Norfolk Virginian‑Pilot, the Dayton Daily News and the Beaumont Enterprise. Please contact John Muncie, Internship Coordinator in the Department of Journalism if you have any questions.

The Schlegel Prize for International Studies  was created to honor Commander Robert Allan Schlegel, a 1985 alumnus of W&L who was killed at the Pentagon. Cmdr. Schlegel was serving as Deputy Current Operations and Plans Branch Head for the Chief of Naval Operations at the Pentagon when American Airlines flight 77 struck the building.

Established in 2002 through a fundraising campaign spearheaded by members of Chi Psi fraternity of which Schlegel was a member, the prize will now support three initiatives:

•Support for W&L students to participate in foreign affairs conferences, including both the Student Conference on United States Affairs at West Point and the Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference in Annapolis;
•Establishment of the Schlegel Prize for the best paper on foreign affairs or international relations in a Politics seminar;
•Support for student research projects related to international affairs.

Please contact Prof Lucas Morel if you have any questions.

The John M. Evans Endowment for International Study was established in 2001 by former students, alumni, and friends of retired English professor John M. Evans in appreciation for his commitment to teaching, his mentorship, and his friendship. The annual proceeds from this endowment are to be used to offset student need-based expenses related to international study programs, including summer study and overseas internships, with preference to 1) students participating in any English department-sponsored spring term abroad program, 2) English majors studying abroad, and 3) others participating in study-abroad programs.

Class of 1939 International Studies Endowment was established by the class in honor of its 50th reunion. The endowment supports an International Visiting Faculty Program and an International Student Study Program.

The Class of 1976 Fund for International Studies was established in 2001 as a 25th Reunion gift to provide scholarship funds for students to strengthen their education through international study and service learning opportunities. This is a permanently endowed fund administered by the Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid.

The Fran Drake International Studies Endowment was established in 2000 by Claire and Dwight H. Emanuelson Jr. '84 in honor of this longtime French professor and former chair of Romance Languages. Dr. Drake developed W&L's first foreign study programs and accompanied many students abroad during his 43-year teaching career here. The fund makes possible foreign study of Romance languages. Preference is given to students with financial need who wish to study in France.

The John M. Evans Fund for International Experiences, established in 2010 under the leadership of William M. Webster IV '79 on behalf of himself and other alumni and friends of John M. Evans, is a permanently endowed fund at Washington and Lee University dedicated to encouraging and enabling W&L students to take advantage of international experiences regardless of financial circumstances. Enhanced international opportunities could include but not be limited to study abroad, formal exchange programs, international internships, faculty-mentored student research abroad, a Spring Term course abroad and multiple international experiences that build upon themselves and offer a coherent sequence.

The Harris Family Endowment is a permanently endowed fund at Washington and Lee University providing support to undergraduate students for international experiences related to the Environmental Studies Program, Washington and Lee Student Consulting, or other related purposes as determined by the Dean of the Williams School.

The Edward Jackson International Reporting Fund was established in 1994 by this graduate of the Class of 1945 who spent his early career as a United Press correspondent in London and Rome and further distinguished himself for 29 years with Time Magazine as an international correspondent and editor. The fund provides assistance to journalism majors for working experiences abroad and also regularly brings a professional-in-residence to campus. The Department of Journalism and Mass Communications will administer the income from the Jackson endowment.

The Johnson Scholars Summer Project Endowment was established by Rupert H. Johnson, Jr. in December 2012. The income from this endowment will provide a guaranteed summer experience for each Johnson Scholar. The summer award of up to $7,000 may be used, in one or more summers, to pay for the participation of a Johnson Scholar in a university sponsored program that involves internships, community service projects, faculty supervised research, international experiences, or individually designed leadership projects. Each Scholar will work with the Johnson Scholars director to develop a proposal for the summer experience. The student will explain in the project proposal how the experience will draw from an academic foundation while providing lessons for what the future may hold. The experience must provide the student an opportunity to develop insight into a leadership question, whether it is a question about leadership itself, or about a problem facing leaders in society. The Johnson Scholar will explain how the summer experience will enhance the development of his or her own leadership potential. Students will be encouraged to develop internships abroad so that they can gain an international perspective and witness firsthand how different cultures deal with issues of leadership and supporting society.

The I-Hsiung Ju and Chow-Soon Chuang Ju Endowment for Traditional Chinese Art Studies, established in 2012 by Chow-Soon Chuang Ju, is a permanently endowed fund at Washington and Lee University providing support for student travel to China or Taiwan to study the practice of traditional Chinese art studies in brush painting and calligraphy in either a University approved program or as an apprentice to an artist. The endowment will be available to students interested in studying the history of traditional Chinese painting and calligraphy. The endowment may also fund student travel to China or Taiwan to enhance his or her study of Chinese language and literature or to support a visiting professor or artist trained in traditional Chinese art. The Dean of the College will administer the endowment in cooperation with the Department of Art and Art History and the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures

The Robert A. Mosbacher Fund for International Lecturers and Visitors, established in 2006 by Robert A. Mosbacher '47A, '49L of Houston, Texas, is a permanently endowed fund at Washington and Lee University providing income to sponsor, as determined by the Provost in consultation with the University's deans, visiting scholars and speakers who have an interest and recognized experience in global issues and concerns and can bring these perspectives to students and faculty during short campus visits that include lectures, visits to classes and close interactions with students and faculty.

The Todd C. Smith Memorial Fellowship Fund was established in 1990 by friends of Todd Smith '83, a reporter for The Tampa Tribune who was killed in Peru in 1989 while working independently on a story about the international drug trade. The fellowship annually provides a stipend to enable a Washington and Lee student to pursue accreditable academic work in a foreign country and to immerse himself or herself extensively in that culture. The fellow's research and study are to be focused on a topic of current interest and importance, and the fellowship is expected to result in a publishable journalistic work. The Tampa Tribune will publish the fellow's work if it meets the Tribune's standards and editorial needs. The competition is open to any rising junior or senior enrolled in Washington and Lee University. The award is based on how closely the application reflects Smith's interest in promoting understanding of foreign issues and cultures through journalism.

The Erik T. Woolley Fellowships for International Internships were established by Dr. Paul O. Woolley Jr. in 2001 in honor and memory of his son, Erik. Woolley Fellowships are awarded to Washington and Lee University students on an annual basis to support educational internship experiences overseas, usually during the spring term or the summer. With an expectation that students must prepare themselves for an ever deeper global engagement, regardless of their field of student or career interests, the goal of an internship will be to foster exposure to and experience in both international professional practice and cultural understanding.

The Boardman Family Study Abroad Endowment Fund established in 2011 by James R. Boardman '65 and his wife Hsiao-lien is a permanently endowed fund at Washington and Lee University providing annual travel assistance to students who travel to East Asia for study abroad and internship opportunities. The Fund is administered by the Chair of the East Asian Languages and Literature Department in close consultation with the Dean of the College and the Director of International Education.

The Class of 1952 Dean James G. Leyburn Endowment was established by the members of the Class of 1952A in celebration of their fiftieth anniversary reunion and in honor and memory of Dean James Graham Leyburn. James Leyburn served as Dean of the University from '47-55, when he assumed the role as head of the Dept. of Sociology/Anthropology which he held until '67. Dean Leyburn is remembered for his positive influence and by the men from the Class of 1952. This fund will provide support for the Shepherd Program for the Interdisciplinary Study of Poverty and Human Capability enabling the program to sustain its activities and efforts in providing invaluable learning and service experiences related to the pressing global challenges of poverty and the expression of human potential to W&L students.