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Support BGSU's Academic Year Abroad in Salzburg

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Support BGSU's Academic Year Abroad in Salzburg

Scholarships make all the difference for many students. Please consider giving to the Salzburg scholarship funds and help pass along the wonderful experience of an academic year abroad in Salzburg to a whole new generation of students. On behalf of AYA Salzburg and the Department of World Languages and Cultures, we thank you sincerely for your support.

New Scholarship available for summer study abroad!

“Today’s teachers are tasked with preparing students to become global citizens. I believe that international travel and study abroad opportunities for teachers help them to acquire knowledge and skills which facilitate their mission. To this end I am establishing the Rhonda K. Westerhaus Scholarship for Professional development which I dedicate to my mother, Rita Hitt, who taught me tolerance, service, equality, and inclusion.”

Rhonda K. Westerhaus

Photo Left:  Rhonda Westerhaus with her husband Michael at the Mirabell Garden during AYA Salzburg’s 50th reunion celebrations in June 2018.

Thank You!

To show our appreciation to those who make a gift of $100 or more to one of our four scholarship funds, you will receive a custom set of AYA Salzburg luggage tags.

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Make a Gift Via Check   If you would like you make your contribution with a check, please make it out to BGSU Foundation Inc., print the name of the fund you would like to support in the memo line and mail it to:

BGSU Foundation Office 

1851 N. Research Drive 

Bowling Green, OH 43403

Fund Descriptions

The Dzidra Shllaku Scholarship Fund was founded in 1998 by former students of Dr. Shllaku to support undergraduate BGSU study abroad students in all majors. Since 1998, more than 75 BGSU students have received a Dzidra Shllaku Scholarship award to study abroad in Salzburg. 

The Foell International Travel Award Fund was created by Darrell W. and Sally M. Foell in memory of his mother, Margaret Kaesmann Foell. This fund awards up to $1,500 to students from any university for BGSU’s AYA  Austria program and is awarded based on merit.

The Galen and Katja Koepke Study Abroad Scholarship was established by the Koepkes in 2016. This scholarship awards up to $1,500 to BGSU undergraduate and graduate students.

The Rhonda K. Westerhaus Scholarship for Professional Development, established by Rhonda in 2021 in memory of her mother, will award $1,000 to a current teacher or pre-service candidate in a K–12 school or community college who enrolls in BGSU Summer in Austria: Salzburg.