Since their inauguration in 1999 the graduate programs of the School of International
Studies have grown to include approximately 90 students on an ongoing basis. The
programs routinely include students from more than a dozen states and twenty foreign
countries. The reputation of the school is such that this growth has been achieved
with virtually no student recruitment effort. But there is still much to be done.
The interdisciplinary nature of the School of International Studies provides
a unique opportunity for students to broaden their global perspectives while simultaneously
tailoring their studies to their individual interests. Graduates of the program
have gone on to positions in governments, international organizations, and the private
sector. Many have also chosen to pursue doctoral degrees both at OSU and elsewhere.
The status of the programs so far and their prospects for future success depend
very heavily on the generosity of supporters. Student scholarships rely entirely
on donations. Moreover, the operating budget for the programs is extremely limited,
forcing us to forego a great many attractive resources and other program enhancements.
In the current economic climate the support of donors is especially needed to provide
opportunities for our students.
Our first priority is to expand financial assistance to deserving students through
scholarships. This may take to form of either establishing new scholarships or adding
to existing ones.
Our second priority is to increase the Excellence Fund and improve our resource
base for activities that otherwise increase opportunities and support for student
The International Studies Excellence Fund is a non-endowed fund designed
to support a wide range of activities crucial for the ongoing success of the
The fund allows the program director to support students and develop opportunities
in a wide range of other program expenses. Examples include student travel to
conferences and workshops, hosting visiting scholars and dignitaries, and awards
for outstanding faculty participation in our programs.
The fund also serves as a general scholarship fund. It may be used to reward
meritorious performance in scholarship and research and to support attractive
but unpaid internship opportunities.
Your tax-deductable gift to the School of International Studies helps insure
that we can offer a first-rate education to our students. Future success for individuals,
organizations, and nations increasingly depends on the ability to function effectively
in a global environment. Your gift makes an important contribution to our efforts
to equip students to meet this future challenge.
Joel Jenswold, Ph.D.