We're thrilled to announce that Breana Ross (IES Abroad Cape Town Customized Program | University of Miami) has been named our 2018 Global Citizen of the Year for her dedicated work with students from high-need townships in South Africa. She, along with the three Finalists, embody the best of global citizenship through their desire to not just explore the world, but to give back to it through purposeful action.
Students who applied for this award represent 17 of our IES Abroad Centers worldwide. To apply, students submitted personal statements reflecting on how their experiences abroad demonstrate their global citizenship by answering the following questions:
- How have you changed the world through study abroad?
- How have the world and study abroad changed you?
- How will you sustain or continue your impact?
Here's how to selection process works: A jury of over 30 IES Abroad staff from around the world reviewed all applications. The highest-scoring students became semi-finalists, whose applications were then reviewed by a smaller committee that selected the Winner and Finalists.
We are continuously amazed by how exceptional our students are. Read more about this year’s Global Citizen of the Year and the three finalists below, all of whom have already made—and will continue to make—their marks on the world.