Applications now open for 2016 Wallenberg Summer Travel Awards
Deadline: February 15, 2016 11:59 PM
For more than seven years, a group of U-M students come back from a summer abroad, transformed. They travel to the Dominica Republic, Peru, the Philippines, Uganda, Ecuador and elsewhere in the world. They work to mitigate water pollution, assist grassroot community health organizations, support youth in marginalized populations, develop health care workshops in underserved populations, and other independent projects they design themselves. They are Wallenberg Summer Travel Award recipients. Take a look at the 2015 recipients here.
The Wallenberg Summer Travel Awards allows selected students to take part in a community service project or civic participation anywhere in the world, such as volunteer work with a humanitarian organization such as a school, clinic or aid program, or the exploration of humanitarian issues not well understood in the US.
The program honors the legacy of Raoul Wallenberg, who, as a student at the University of Michigan in the 1930s, traveled across North America to observe and learn from people of all kinds on their own terms. This experience helped him understand the human condition, and shaped his lifelong concern for human dignity and humanitarian values. His heroic efforts during World War II to rescue the surviving Jews of Budapest are an inspiring demonstration of how one individual can make a difference in the world.