MSC Foundation Names Study Abroad
Scholarship For Stephen R. Portch
The MACON STATE COLLEGE Foundation's
Board of Trustees has approved the creation of an endowment that
will fund study abroad scholarships named for Dr. Stephen R. Portch,
the University System of Georgia's outgoing chancellor.
Dr. Stephen R. Portch, left, accepts a copy of the proclamation
naming a study abroad scholarship in his honor from Joe E.
Timberlake III, a member of the MSC Foundation's Board of
Photo by Sheron Smith
The first annual scholarships will be awarded in 2002. Based on
current level of funding, the Foundation expects to award $1,200
the first year.
Dr. Portch strongly believes that University System students
need to develop a global perspective, so this is a fitting tribute
to him, said Dr. Gwen Sell, Macon States study abroad
coordinator. In the coming months, we will see how critical
international ties are to America as we join other nations in a
common cause. The Portch scholarship will help Macon State encourage
more students to take advantage of these opportunities to study
abroad and be prepared to function in the world arena.
Portch in 1995 directed the states colleges and universities
to focus on boosting the number of students participating in international
education. To help support Portchs directive, the Board of
Regents set up a Council for International Education and created
a scholarship program to help students pay for study abroad. Today,
each of the 34 public colleges and universities in Georgia has a
faculty coordinator to administer study abroad programs and organize
activities that raise international awareness among students.
Last year, 1.63 percent of University System of Georgia students
studied abroad, which is above the national average. The Board of
Regentsgoal is to boost the number to 2 percent.