Centre College in Danville, Kentucky has received a $1 million anonymous gift to help fund travel to foreign countries.
Seventy-five percent of the gift is intended for study abroad grants to qualified students who have completed two years of foreign language study at Centre and want to travel to a country where that language is spoken.
The remaining 25% will go to Centre faculty to travel to nations where the language they teach is spoken.
Milton Reigelman, who oversees study abroad at Centre as director of the Center for Global Citizenship, said in a news release that the gift will make an already strong program in study abroad even stronger.
“We like to say that study abroad at Centre is part of the College’s DNA because the concept of global citizenship is woven through every aspect of our educational program,” Reigelman says. “An important part of this educational process is being conversant in other languages.”
Centre currently offers courses in nine languages and about 85% of students study abroad.
The new foreign language study program, funded through the $1 million endowment, will go into effect next academic year.