The Donald & Virginia MacLellan International Scholarship
The Donald & Virginia MacLellan International Scholarship was established in 2017 by dedicated Marist alumnus Kevin MacLellan ’89 and his husband, Brian Curran. Created in memory of Kevin’s parents, the scholarship seeks to help undergraduate students focus on academic, personal, and professional development through an intercultural, study abroad experience.
The youngest of eight children, Kevin was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. While a student at Marist, he was strongly encouraged to study abroad by then director of the Marist Abroad Program, Dr. Jeptha Lanning. Dr. Lanning’s careful guidance and dogged persistence led Kevin to study for a year in the United Kingdom; an experience that he would later describe as life-changing. It was while he was abroad that Kevin realized that the world was so much larger and more diverse than the life he knew in Brooklyn. Kevin cites his abroad experience as a key factor in his career success, much of which has been internationally focused. Today, Kevin and his family reside in London, England where Kevin serves as Chairman of NBCUniversal Global Distribution and International. He and Brian created this scholarship to afford other Marist students the vital opportunities and experiences associated with studying abroad.
Criteria for the Scholarship
Students interested in applying for The Donald & Virginia MacLellan International Scholarship are required to submit a personal statement of purpose (500-word maximum) to the following question: "How will studying abroad contribute to your academic, personal, and professional development?" Applicants must be in good academic standing with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and have demonstrated financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Scholarships will be awarded by Marist Abroad and the Office of Student Financial Services, in close consultation with the donor. Up to three awards will be offered each academic year. A listing of the abroad experiences available through this scholarship is included below.**Asia, Multi-city – Marist ASAP: Asia Study Abroad Program
Australia, Deakin – Deakin University Direct Enrollment
Australia, Queensland – KEI: Griffith University
Australia, Sydney – Macquarie University Direct Enrollment
China, Beijing – KEI: Beijing - University of International Business and Economics (UIBE)
China, Hong Kong – Hong Kong Polytechnic University Fashion Program
Cuba, Havana – API: Havana - Cuban and Caribbean Studies Program
Czech Republic, Prague – CIEE: Prague - Multiple programs
England, Birmingham – Aston Business School Exchange Program
England, Canterbury – University of Kent at Canterbury Exchange Program in Biological Sciences
England, London – IES: London - Slade School of Fine Art
Germany, Reutlingen – Reutlingen University Business Exchange Program
India, Pune – KEI: Pune - Symbiosis International University
Ireland, Cork – University College Cork Direct Enrollment
Ireland, Galway – API: Galway - National University of Ireland Direct Enrollment
Japan, Akita – Akita International University Exchange Program
New Zealand, Auckland – IES: Auckland - University of Auckland Direct Enrollment
New Zealand, Christchurch – University of Canterbury
Russisa, Moscow – KEI: Moscow - Moscow State University
Scotland, Fife – University of St. Andrews Direct Enrollment
South Africa, Cape Town – CIEE: Cape Town - Multiple programs
Spain, Granada – API: Granada - Multiple programs
Spain, Madrid – Marist Madrid: Carlos III University - Hispanic Studies Program
Spain, Salamanca – API: Salamanca - Multiple programs
Thailand, Bangkok – KEI: Thailand - Mahidol University International College (MUIC)
**Students hoping to study abroad in a country not listed above are encouraged to submit an additional essay/petition for consideration, discussing both the country and specific university of interest.
To be considered for The Donald and Virginia MacLellan International Scholarship, applicants must first complete a study abroad application. Students must follow their application with an additional statement of purpose (500-word maximum) to the following question: "How will studying abroad contribute to your academic, personal, and professional development?" Statements of purpose for the Scholarship should be sent directly to Dr. John Peters. Applications are reviewed as they are received; applicants are encouraged to submit their application materials well-ahead of time. The final deadline for consideration for the MacLellan scholarship for spring 2018 study abroad is September 22, 2017.