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Walsh Announces Br. Francis Blouin Global Scholars Program

What's New, 2011-12-19

Program study will combine scholarship and service to address major global issues

Most universities prepare students to change the world after graduation. As a Blouin Scholar, students will begin the journey of changing the world on their very first day of classes.

Walsh University announced the Blouin Scholars Program in Global Studies which provides students with a unique opportunity to become part of a community of students and faculty dedicated to using scholarship and service to address major global issues. Blouin Scholars, will live and take classes with a cohort of students who are similarly dedicated to become leaders in service to the global community. All classes are built into the Walsh University core curriculum – students still choose their desired majors and minors—and center on a common global theme. Those selected to participate as Blouin Scholars will be supported with opportunities such as global learning in Africa and Europe, special lectures and co-curricular activities, and priority registration and advising procedures.

"Walsh University is already a leader in International Education," said Douglas Palmer, Executive Director of Global Learning, Associate Professor, History."The Blouin Scholars program builds on this by offering students a unique opportunity to integrate their studies with multiple Global Learning experiences with Walsh's programs in Africa and Rome. Students will do more than simply study and travel, however. They will be addressing a specific global issue during their 4-years at Walsh. Students will truly be experts in significant global issues, such as world hunger, global health, and ending armed conflict. As Blouin Scholars, students will have the benefit of financial support, dedicated faculty mentoring, and the benefit of living together as a community with students equally dedicated to becoming leaders in service to the global community."

The benefits of becoming a Blouin Scholar include:

  • All Blouin Scholars receive financial benefits.
  • Opportunity to join a four-year problems based learning community with dedicated faculty mentoring.
  • Participation in two Global Learning opportunities: one in Africa, and a capstone experience at Walsh's Rome campus.
  • Priority registration and advising.
  • Distinction at graduation and on transcripts including a special certificate of completion.
  • Proven ability to future employers to solve real-world complex problems.
  • The knowledge that your work and career have a real impact in your local community and in the world.
  • The fellowship of joining a living learning community with students equally committed to global service.
  • Opportunities to network and attend conferences with the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) Institute of Education's international network of thought and business leaders.

This new program, based out of the University's Office of Global Learning, is the namesake of Walsh University's third President, Br. Francis Blouin, who exemplifies servant-leadership and global service. During his presidency, Br. Francis was responsible for bringing four Nobel Peace Prize winners to campus with the most notable being Mother Teresa. Since retiring as Walsh's president in 1992, Br. Francis has spent the majority of this time in Africa serving as the coordinator of the Kisubi Brothers University Centre, in Kisubi, Africa and participating in countless initiatives to bring higher education to the people of Africa.

For more information about the Walsh University Br. Francis Blouin Global Scholars Program contact Douglas Palmer, Executive Director of Global Learning, Associate Professor,History at 800.490.7043 or by email at dpalmer@walsh.edu. Interested students can also contact Walsh University's Office of Admissions at 800.362.9846 or admissions@walsh.edu.

Walsh University Office of Global Learning
Inspired by the example of the Brothers of Christian and Instruction and guided by the mission of Walsh University, the Office of Global Learning provides educational opportunities which value the diversity of human experience across the globe. Global Learning students become part of a learning community which encourages them to partner with peers around the world to serve, while exploring the foundations of their own religious, cultural, and intellectual traditions. Global Learning advances students, personal, professional and cultural development through active engagement with the global community.