July 17, 2019
Susquehanna University junior Katherine Moronta was awarded a $2,000 scholarship from the Institute of International Education (IIE) to help fund her Fall 2019 study abroad experience in Cuba.
A double-major in finance and Spanish studies from Philadelphia, Moronta is one of 21 students from across the country who were awarded the scholarship. She was nominated for the award by Susquehanna’s Office of Global Programs.
“Katherine showed such initiative that we knew she was the ideal candidate for this award,” said Molly Roe, director of Global Opportunities programs.
Generation Study Abroad Travel Grants are part of IIE’s Generation Study Abroad initiative, which aims to diversify and increase access to U.S. college students who wish to study abroad.
Moronta also received the prestigious Cultural Vistas Fellowship this summer, which allowed her to complete an eight-week, international internship in Argentina. She is also a member of Susquehanna University Service Leaders, a service-learning program to influence youth development in the region.
In addition to her $2,000 grant, after completing her GO program to Cuba, Moronta will become a Generation Study Abroad Ambassador and will be invited to share her experience to illustrate the academic and professional benefits of study abroad.
Through its Global Opportunities program, 100% of Susquehanna’s students study off campus to live and work in a different culture.
“This gives our students an exceptional edge,” added Matthew Rousu, dean of the Sigmund Weis School of Business. “They gain life experience, global aptitude and intercultural competence, all of which are sought by top companies with business interests around the world.”