Merrill Scholar: Rhea Ricard

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Rhea Ricard, Paris '92-'93

An in-house counsel at The Bank of New York Mellon Trust Company, N.A., Ricard says that her experiences studying abroad gave her the confidence and resourcefulness to pursue her law degree and legal career. The Spelman College grad participated in IES Abroad’s 1992-1993 Paris program, where she held a coveted internship at the French Senate. It all paved the way for her post-college education at New York University of Law and work at two law firms and another bank.

“I learned a lot about the world outside of the U.S. during my year abroad that I would not have been able to pick up from newspapers or books,” Ricard enthuses. “The Merrill Scholarship program actively supports studying abroad at a time in students’ lives when they are probably most open to new ideas and philosophies. I met Mr. Merrill, Jr. on Spelman’s campus after I won my scholarship. He seemed to be a very generous person and easy to talk to.”

To Mr. Merrill, Ricard says, “Thank you so much for helping so many college students obtain the financial resources to study abroad. I cannot stress enough how important it is for young people to experience the world outside of the U.S., and if it weren't for this program, many people would not have the opportunity (and possibly the inclination) to do so.”