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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. This scholarship is only available to spring semester abroad applicants. A listing of the abroad experiences available through this scholarship is included below.**

  • Argentina, Buenos Aires - SIT: Buenos Aires - Social Movements and Human Rights
  • Asia, Multi-country - Marist ASAP: Asia Study Abroad Program
  • Australia, Byron Bay - SIT: Australia - Sustainability and Environmental Action
  • Australia, Deakin - Deakin University Direct Enrollment
  • Australia, Queensland - KEI: Griffith University
  • Australia, Sydney - Macquarie University Direct Enrollment
  • Chile, Santiago - SIT: Chile - Comparative eduation and Social Change
  • China, Beijing - KEI: Beijing - University of International Business and Economics (UIBE)
  • China, Hong Kong - Hong Kong Polytechnic University Fashion Program
  • Costa Rica, Atenas - SFS: Atenas - Sustainable Development Studies
  • 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
  • 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
  • Morocco, Rabat - SIT: Morocco - Field Studies in Journalism and New Media
  • Mulit-Country - SIT: Multi-Country - Climate Change: The Politics of Food, Water, and Energy
  • Multi-Country - SIT: Multi-Country - Social Innovation: Entrepreneurship, Design, and Development
  • New Zealand, Auckland - IES: Auckland - University of Auckland Direct Enrollment
  • New Zealand, Christchurch - University of Canterbury
  • Russisa, Moscow - KEI: Moscow - Moscow State University
  • Samoa, Apia - SIT: Samoa - Pacific Communities and Social Change
  • Scotland, Fife - University of St. Andrews Direct Enrollment
  • Senegal, Dakar - SIT: Senegal - Global Security and Religious Pluralism
  • South Africa, Cape Town - CIEE: Cape Town - Multiple programs
  • Spain, Madrid - Marist Madrid: Universidad Carlos III de Madrid - Spanish Track
  • Tanzania, Arusha - SIT: Tanzania - Wildlife Conservation and Political Ecology
  • Thailand, Bangkok - KEI: Thailand - Mahidol University International College (MUIC)
  • Uganda, Kampala - SIT: Uganda - Development Studies

**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:

  1. complete a study abroad application.
  2. submit an additional Statement of Purpose (500-word maximum) to the following question: "How will studying abroad contribute to your academic, personal, and professional development?"
  3. submit a signed MacLellan FERPA One-time Release to demonstrate financial aid.

Statements of Purpose and the FERPA One-time Release should be sent to in a single email. The final deadline for consideration for the MacLellan scholarship is the corresponding semester abroad application deadline. Applicants are encouraged to submit their application materials well-ahead of time. Applications are reviewed by committee after the application deadline. The Donald and Virginia MacLellan International Scholarship is only offered to students attending the spring semester abroad.