New Global Corners scholarship to serve UO international students

EUGENE, Oregon (May 20, 2014) – The Office of International Affairs (OIA) has implemented a new scholarship program called Global Corners. A total of $100,000 scholarship funds will be available annually for promising international undergraduate and graduate students at University of Oregon.

“We are proud of our international students and are eager to attract the best and brightest students from every corner of the world,” said Vice Provost for International Affairs Dennis Galvan. “Our hope with this new scholarship is to enrich the campus, increase diversity and support deserving students.”

The Global Corner Scholarship is designed to help recruit and retain students who advance UO internationalization efforts and support campus diversity. OIA works directly with academic departments and programs to nominate Global Corners recipients. Both new and continuing students are eligible, but all recipients must demonstrate merit and hold good academic standing during the year of their nomination and the year of their award.

International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS), a unit of OIA, administers the nomination process for the Global Corners scholarship. The Global Corners funding comes from the UO’s Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships within the Office of Enrollment Management.

“The Global Corners Scholarship will be a powerful tool to allow talented international students to take advantage of the top tier academic programs and opportunities that the University of Oregon has to offer,” said Vice President for Enrollment Management Roger J. Thompson. “We look forward to the perspective, ideas, and enthusiasm that Global Corners Scholars will contribute to Oregon.”

According to ISSS Director Abe Schafermeyer, proposals that come with department offers of matching support are especially important: “Matching support allows us to maximize the effectiveness of the Global Corners scholarship for recruiting and retaining students who bring invaluable international perspectives and academic excellence to our campus.”

The first recipients of the Global Corners Scholarship are Jose Adan Aguerri (B.A. Business Administration), Kashiya Muntete (B.A. Accounting), Marko Mwipopo (Ph.D. Critical and Socio-cultural Studies in Education), Sugam Singh (M.A. Conflict and Dispute Resolution), and Michael Tani-Eshon (M.A. Sustainable Business Practices).

The Lundquist College of Business nominated Kashiya Muntete, a native of Lusaka, Zambia. Muntete received a Global Corners award for $17,260. The scholarship represents a boost to help complete her professional goals at the university and beyond.

“The UO has a great business program, and it is shaping me into a professional business woman,” said Muntete. “I have an Internship with KPMG starting this summer. So, I look forward to hopefully work for them after I graduate, get my CPA, and work towards being a business consultant.”

The Education Studies Department nominated education researcher Marko Mwipopo, from Mafinga, Tanzania. Mwipopo was awarded $19,281 towards his Ph.D. program. After graduation, Mwipopo hopes to return home and specialize in bilingual education in Tanzania.

OIA hopes faculty engagement and matching funds from UO departments, schools and colleges will help Global Corners increase its awards and funding sources.

For any questions concerning student eligibility, please contact ISSS Director Abe Schafermeyer,


About the UO Office of International Affairs

The Office of International Affairs (OIA) is committed to advancing the global engagement and mission of the University of Oregon. OIA works collaboratively with universities, agencies, partners, investors, and programs worldwide to foster academic exchange, transdisciplinary research, and international cooperation.




Media Contacts:

Dennis Galvan

Vice Provost for International Affairs

Office of International Affairs



Abe Schafermeyer

Director of International Student & Scholar Services

Office of International Affairs