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International Studies

Bennett Endowment for International Studies

Washington College students may be awarded financial assistance to study and travel abroad through an endowed fund named for a College Trustee Emerita who has lived and traveled around the globe. 

International studies majors hold Mrs. Bennett in high esteem.International studies majors hold Mrs. Bennett in high esteem.

Sharing a Global Perspective

Margaret White Bennett grew up in the U.S. foreign service. Both her father and her grandfather were career diplomats, and she married into the profession as well. During Tapley Bennett’s service with the State Department, the couple represented their nation during postings in Austria and Italy. They lived in Portugal and Greece. Their NATO assignment took them from Canada’s Yukon to Mt. Ararat in Turkey. And every year for the past 20 years, Mrs. Bennett has visited the Washington College campus to share her personal experiences and to encourage students to develop a global vision.  In recognition of her service as a member of the Board of Visitors and Governors, the College has named the endowment for experiential education in international studies in her honor. 

With the support of the Bennett Endowment for International Studies, students have pursued internships overseas with the U.S. State Department and participated in study abroad opportunities that would otherwise be out of reach.  Click on the faces of our recent majors below to learn more about their experiences abroad.

Who is Eligible

International Studies majors and those pursuing concentrations in International Studies who are in good academic standing are eligible to apply for Bennett Funds.  Awards are competitive, with priority given to declared International Studies majors and those who have not previously received Bennett Funds. The amount of the award varies, but typically ranges from $500-$800 — to support participation in a Washington College study abroad program or, on occasion, another approved activity abroad.  Priority application deadlines are posted on this site for Fall, Spring, and Summer abroad activities — though applications may be submitted at any time and will be considered on a funds-available basis.