Four Medgar Evers College Students Awarded Scholarships to Study Abroad in Summer and Fall 2013

Students will travel to France, Japan and Colombia


L-R: Rhode-Elise Jacques, Kevon Martin, and Fabienne Mondelus. Not pictured: Chad Hannibal.

Brooklyn, NY—Medgar Evers College announced that four students were recently awarded scholarships to study and conduct research overseas this summer and in the upcoming fall semester. Sophomore Fabienne Mondelus; seniors Chad Hannibal and Rhode- Elise Jacques, and freshman Kevon Martin were selected from among a group of 10 students who applied for scholarships. The summer program in Paris, sponsored by the College, will run from July 28 to August 24; participating students will take 6 credits of French language at the language school L’Etoile, and will live with French host families. The four students are among 29 from Medgar Evers who are studying abroad in 2013.

“Travel is a great way for our students to learn, to experience the world, and to develop an appreciation for other cultures,” said President William L. Pollard. “It expands borders of learning, giving access to new insights and a greater understanding of how the world works from academic and cultural standpoints, as well as providing a solid foundation for growth. As our global society evolves, our students continue to embrace these opportunities that allow them to contribute and compete in worldwide markets.”

Biology major and sophomore Fabienne Mondelus, who has a 3.5 GPA, received a full scholarship from the Office of Special Programs at the City University of New York (CUNY) and will spend a month in Paris studying language and culture.  She is a program participant with New York Needs You, which helps and supports first-generation college students in achieving and securing their career goals. “Being well-educated and professional is something that I envision for myself,” said Fabienne. “And there is no barrier for me in accomplishing anything that I would like to.”

“Being able to travel and study abroad opens up the world to students,” said Senior Vice President & Interim Provost Karrin E. Wilks. “Understanding different world cultures is a critical element in education for effective citizenry and for leadership roles in our diverse communities.”

“Studying in Japan gave me the chance to see the culture first-hand and to appreciate its traditions,” said education major Rhode-Elise Jacques who visited Japan in May. “It was wonderful to be in a place that has given so much to the world through technology and innovation, and to have visited Doshisha University in Kyoto and Chuo University in Tokyo.” Rhode-Elise, who has a 3.8 GPA, has also studied in France and plans to return to Japan to learn how young, special-needs children are educated.

“Studying abroad offers students the opportunity to grow both personally and academically,” said Study Abroad Program Director Deborah Stengle. “Studying abroad in the context of a different academic environment and student body, expands and strengthens students’ academic experience and their ability to work with people different from themselves. The experience also helps broaden awareness of global issues, expands understanding of international interdependence, and develops proficiency in a new language. All of these skills are critical to success in today’s global job market.”

Freshman Kevon Martin, the first Medgar Evers College student to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship for Study Abroad, was selected to from a pool of 850 students who applied from 324 different universities and colleges nationwide. He will travel to Japan in the fall to attend the KCP International Language Institute. “I have already started studying the Japanese language on my own,” said Kevon.  “And I look forward to arriving in Japan where I will be able to study more formally in the classroom.” KCP is a program sponsored by Lincoln University in Pennsylvania.

Environmental Science major and senior Chad Hannibal is currently in Cali, Colombia on a fully-funded, 8-week summer program as part of the International Research Experience for NYC Louis Stokes Alliance Scholars.  He is part of an integrated project working alongside researchers from universities and non-governmental organizations that allows students to see the impact of their research on communities.  His project focuses on the five-stage pre-treatment filtration system measuring and observing the behavior of algae on the surface of an upflow gravel filter. He is one of four students on this project.

About the Study Abroad Program

The Study Abroad Program provides travel and educational experiences in over 75 different countries. Students can choose to study abroad for a semester, summer, or January Intersession program, or they may take classes related to their major, minor courses of study, general education requirements or a foreign language. They can also participate in service-learning, volunteer or research based programs. Students are studying on a variety of programs sponsored by Medgar Evers, all CUNY schools and through the College Consortium for International Studies (CCIS), a partnership of colleges and universities that share study abroad programs in 31 countries; Medgar Evers College has been a member since 2011.

About Medgar Evers College

Medgar Evers College, a senior college within The City University of New York, was established in 1970 with a mandate to meet the educational and social needs of the Central Brooklyn community. With a commitment to students who desire a sound academic foundation as well as an opportunity for personal development, Medgar Evers College seeks to provide high-quality, professional, career-oriented undergraduate degree programs in the context of a liberal arts education.


Contact:         Dawn S. Walker  (718) 530-4539 (Communications Office)

                       Deborah Stengle (718) 270-5136 (Study Abroad Program)