On November 16, 2013, the Office of Sustainability awarded the first-ever scholarships for Study Abroad in Sustainability to two undergraduate students at the University of Georgia.  The awards are made possible by the Brittney Fox Watts Memorial Endowment established by the Small Dreams Foundation.

The Brittney Fox Watts Endowment for Study Abroad in Sustainability provides support to students who share passions for travel, experiencing different cultures, and embracing sustainable practices to address the health and well-being of individuals and communities around the globe. A $500 enhancement is provided to select UGA undergraduate and graduate students attending a UGA sponsored Education Abroad or exchange program focused on sustainability.

Joanna (Joni) Troxel, a senior from Snellville, GA majoring in Early Childhood Education in the UGA College of Education, will receive five hundred dollars toward a “winter-mester” study abroad program with UGA Discover Abroad.  The program will explore human and environment relations in Australia and New Zealand from a sustainable development perspective, and Troxel hopes to apply this experience to her own classroom one day.  “Ever since my first day of Kindergarten, I have wanted to be an elementary school teacher,” said Joni Troxel.  “I would like to spread my knowledge and enthusiasm for living a sustainable and environmentally friendly lifestyle with my future students.”

Chadwick (Chad) Landon, a junior Biological Science / Pre-med major from Roswell, GA, will receive five hundred dollars toward a “may-mester” study abroad experience at UGA Costa Rica.  The program will focus on avian biology, taking full advantage of Costa Rica’s relatively small geographical area with many diverse but distinct ecosystems, allowing students to encounter many of the 860 migrant and native species of birds that Costa Rica has to offer.  “I feel confident that this trip will enhance my cultural experience through travel and allow me to gain knowledge in sustainable resources”, said Landon, who hopes the experience will allow him “to better understand how to relate to and help people in a clinical setting.”