Lancaster – Ohio University Lancaster student Nick Ramsey is breathing a little easier these days.That's because the Middle Childhood Education major from Pickerington recently found out he's getting a scholarship to help offset the costs of doing an internship abroad this fall.
"It's a great lift of stress off of me," said Ramsey. "I don't want to go over there and get stuck without money. It gives me a safety net."
Ramsey is the first regional campus student at O.U. to be selected to participate in the Consortium for Overseas Student Teaching or COST. Ramsey will be teaching science classes in Perth, Australia. The program allows teaching candidates to fulfill their professional internship requirements while living abroad and student teaching for an extended period.
"The round-trip plane ticket cost about $2,000," said Ramsey. "I have been working all summer trying to come up with money for living expenses. But I was starting to worry about how I was going to do it."
Ramsey was recently awarded Ohio University Lancaster's Dr. James Bryant International Scholarship. The scholarship was named after James Bryant, retired Vice President for Regional Higher Education, and it is awarded to international students who attend the Lancaster Campus or Pickerington Center or students pursuing academic opportunities overseas.
John Baughman, Lancaster resident and Ohio University alumnus, was one of the community members who raised money to fund the James Bryant Scholarship.
"Several Lancaster community members initially supported the establishment of this scholarship to permit a student from Orenburg, Russia, to attend classes at the Lancaster Campus. Then the scholarship was broadened to allow other foreign students to attend OUL and for local students to pursue international education experiences. It was viewed, as are many similar student exchange programs, as an opportunity to build better understandings between the peoples of the world," said Baughman.
"There are many study abroad opportunities for regional campus students to take advantage of through Ohio University," said Lancaster Campus Dean Jim Smith. "Unfortunately, financing can get in the way of those wonderful educational opportunities, and scholarships like this help reduce that barrier."
"I am so appreciative of this scholarship. I want to become the best teacher I can possibly be, and I believe this opportunity will be a positive step in that direction," said Ramsey in a letter to Dr. Bryant. Ramsey told Bryant he will send pictures of his experience in Australia.
Some of those pictures will be posted on Ohio University Lancaster's website. Ramsey will be writing a blog about his experience in Australia.