We're celebrating Black excellence year round and that comes with supporting and fostering the achievements of our students. Our IES Abroad Charles Merrill Jr. Scholarship fund awards up to $2,000 in scholarships each year to Morehouse and Spelman students and is a key component of the IES Abroad Diversity Initiative. Spring 2022 study abroad student and Merrill Scholar Michael Henry shares a sneak peek into a day-in-the-life during his time abroad with IES Abroad London. Also, be sure to watch our event featuring Michael and other Merrill Scholars - "Live From London: Meet the First Beneficiary of IES Abroad’s Charles Merrill, Jr. Endowed Scholarship."
Coming to the UK was a big culture shock, as it took time for me to get adjusted to life here. Each day, I am learning something new about the people, culture, and everything in general here and taking it all in. It amazes me that I am over 3,000 miles away from home and am across the seas.
Before coming abroad, there was so much that I did not know about myself, but since I have been here, I have discovered so many new things about myself. I view this as an experience of a lifetime, and I am excited to see what the last two months that I have here have in store for me. Interacting with different cultures and people is something that I plan to do in my career, so having this opportunity has paved some of the way for me. I know that when I return back to the United States. I will have a different perspective of the world as a whole, and I cannot wait to share my story with everyone.