Since the Global Opportunities Awards (GO Awards) program was first launched at Western in 2012, approximately 1,000 students (around 200 each year) from faculties across the university have received either $1,000 or $2,000 awards allowing them to study, intern, conduct research and engage in community development or learning opportunities around the world.
The awards are made possible thanks to donor support, and to-date more than $900,000 has been raised to establish Global Opportunities Awards from approximately 80 generous donors.
The purpose of Global Opportunities Awards is to give Western students who otherwise wouldn’t have the means to pursue an international learning experience, the opportunity to do so.
“Western is committed to providing international learning opportunities for our students. To live and work in the world today we need high levels of cross-cultural competence and intercultural understanding. By participating in academically relevant international experiences, students develop the skills, perspectives and knowledge required to become global citizens and leaders,” said Julie McMullin, Vice-Provost & Associate VP (International).
“Our students want and deserve these opportunities. International education is transformational and the skills learned will last a lifetime.”
Western has matched, dollar for dollar, any donation to a GO Award. Recipients are selected based on a combination of academic achievement, cost of the program and proposed length of study.