Global Scholars Program

The Global Scholars Program provides an enriched learning opportunity designed to go beyond the traditional college experience and prepare its participants to work in an increasingly global world. Over the course of their career, this select group of Elizabethtown students engage in a directed study of international and peace related issues under the supervision of a faculty mentor.  In additional to formal courses, they also participate in relevant co-curricular opportunities.  Upon graduating from the program, scholars earn a certificate and are recognized with the presentation of the Global Scholars medallion.

Global Scholars meeting Ambassador David Donoghue

Global Scholars meeting Ambassador David Donoghue



2020 Cohort

Aileen Burke is an International Business major from Mount Bethel, PA with an interest in marketing and environmental ethics.

Rachel Craft is an International Business major with a peace and conflict studies minor.  Over winter break 2018, Rachel visited coffee farmers in the Philippines and is currently working with those farmers to develop a "Coffee for Peace" social enterprise.  See E-town Now for more details about Rachel's work.

Emily Ennis is from Centerbury, New Hampshire and is an International Business major with Spanish and Psychology minors.  During the fall 2018 semester she studied abroad in Grenada, Spain.

Sam Friedline is from Latrobe, PA and is double majoring in Secondary English Education and Asian Studies. She also works as a International Leader Assistant in the Office of International Students and Scholars. Sam is particularly interested in certification in TESL and fostering diverse curriculum in the classroom. Sam studied abroad in Osaka, Japan in fall of 2018 and utilized the Global Scholars program for funding and research for the trip. Sam hopes to further utilize the program to make a lasting impact in her work with international students, after studying abroad, and later in the classroom.

Emily Martin, from Ephrata, PA, has previously traveled to Germany and Costa Rica and is eager to study abroad before she graduates.

Natalie Nye is a double Major in Business Administration and Spanish. She has traveled around the world and is interested to learn more about cultures and global peace. As Natalie explains, "Global Scholars has given me opportunities to meet people in the UN and the EU and heard their thoughts on different topics. It has allowed me to see different views on topics and discuss different theories. I am looking forward to studying abroad, in Argentina and Spain, to learn even more about other cultures and continue to learn and understand the global world."  In Summer 2018, Natalie studied abroad in Argentina. Natalie is passionate about art and hopes to explore the different types of art while abroad in Spain in Spring 2019.

Amity Radcliff is a Communications major from Macungie, PA. Amity was drawn to the Global Scholars Program because of her dedication to helping people and being kind to everyone. Amity plans to engage in three different Signature Learning Experiences, including study abroad, faculty-led research, and an internship.

Michael Snyder is from Spring City, PA. He is studying International Business with a concentration in Marketing and the German language. He spent the summer of 2018 working on campus with the department of Special Events and Summer Programs. During the school year, he works as a Peer Mentor, Learning Zone tutor, Jaywalker, and Leffler Chapel Student Assistant. In the Spring 2019 semester, Michael will be abroad in Vienna, Austria and Marburg, Germany.

Jack Trego is from Exton, PA. He is a French major, with two minors in Philosophy and International Studies. Jack studied abroad in Paris and Strasbourg, France his junior year.


2021 Cohort

Michael Derr-Haverlach, from Riegelsville, Pennsylvania, is a Interfaith Leadership major with minors in history, philosophy, and peace and conflict studies. He is a volunteer firefighter with the Riegelsville and Elizabethtown Fire Departments. He participates in the Called to Lead program, as well as in the game club and the photography club. In 2016, he was selected to attend the Summer Leadership Experience at the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Jeremy Eberly is a Finance and Economics double-major. In 2018, Jeremy was a co-recipient of the Distinguished First-Year Student Award.

Madelyn Grossman is an elected representative in Student Senate and a member of the Accounting, Council for Exceptional Children, and Circle K clubs. She is actively involved in intramurals and is a resident of the Business Living-Learning Community. An accounting major, Maddie aspires to CPA licensure upon completion of her degree. Through participation in the Global Scholars program, she wishes to glean a heightened perspective and to gain practical experience in international business dynamics. Ultimately, she aims to establish a career in which she can have an innovative, global impact worthy of Elizabethtown College representation. In 2018, Madelyn was a co-recipient of the Distinguished First-Year Student Award.

Sofia Jurado is a Fine Arts Education major.

Carly Sherba is a double-major in Japanese and computer science.  She plans to go into game development in Japan. She also plans to minor in women and gender studies so that she can go abroad and study how gender and sexuality are viewed culturally in the everyday lives of Japanese people.

Matthew Smith is a History and Middle Eastern Studies major with a Peace and Conflict Studies minor. He has been interested in the Middle East since a trip to Israel and Palestine in 2013. Matthew was a recipient of the 2018 Anna Carper Award for Research Excellence for his research paper "Militarism as a Theme in Nazi Education and Youth Organizations" which he wrote for Dr. Newsome's First-Year Seminar on World War II. Through the Center for Global Understanding and Peacemaking, Matthew has traveled to Tokyo, Japan to the World Conference on Religions for Peace - Japan with Peacemaker-in-Residence Jonathan Rudy. In May 2018, Matthew also traveled to South Africa on a peace and conflict studies trip with Dr. Michael Roy. Matthew is currently the student assistant for the Center for Global Understanding and Peacemaking.

Alissa Stoneking is from Harrisburg, PA and is a political science and German double major with an international studies minor. During the summer of 2018, she went to Washington DC with The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) and completed an internship with the Department of Homeland Security. She is going to Chile in January of 2019 with TFAS to participate in the Institute on Leadership in the Americas. She also plans to study abroad in Marburg, Germany in the Spring of 2019. 


2022 Cohort

Paula Groff intends to major in Accounting and minor in German. Paula hopes to become fluent in German, and study abroad in Germany. She participated in a foreign exchange program with her high school in which she spent two weeks in Germany with a host family. A few months later, her host partner came to the United States for two weeks. In Summer 2018, she interned with the Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority in their Finance department where she learned some of the basic accounting practices they do, as well as participated in meetings and discussions about how to improve the company from a financial perspective.

Rachael Ioele of West Chester, Pa is a member of the class of 2022. Rachael is an Economics major, and has an interest in minoring in finance. As a Global Scholar, Rachael plans to learn and study how economics and finance works in foreign countries. She intends to study and intern in London and The Netherlands during her junior and senior year.

Kelsey Jernegan is a Middle-level English Education major. She is interested in various minors offered at E-town that could enhance her teaching and global understanding. In the future, she hopes to receive a certification in TESL and possibly teach English in other countries. Over the past summer, Kelsey taught English in China for two weeks, alongside her mother and other teachers from the U.S. and the U.K. As a Global Scholar, Kelsey hopes to study abroad and gain insight into new cultures.

Livia Marga is majoring in Mathematics Secondary Education and is a part of the class of 2022. Livia was born in Slovakia, Europe, but was raised in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. In the summer, she was fortunate to have taught a twenty middle school students about German Language and enlightened them about German culture twice a week. Through the Global Scholars program, Livia hopes to travel abroad to meet people of various cultures so that she can bring a piece of the world back into her future classrooms.

Noah Stetler is an International Business major from Mifflinburg, PA. Noah is considering minoring in Spanish and, to further his language skills, would like to study abroad in Argentina. He is interested in working for a multinational corporation by expanding offices and businesses abroad. Language and travel have always been two of Noah's keen interests, and he is looking to further his knowledge of both of these areas by being a global scholar.

Zekiel Taliaferro is a member of the Class of 2022.

Madelyn Vingom is a member of the Class of 2022.

Benefits of the Program

  • An integrated educational program that will provide participants with the skills and knowledge to be global citizens.
  • Financial assistance of up to $2,000 toward the completion of Signature Learning Experiences (internship, research, study abroad, service learning, and/or a capstone project).  Students must apply for these funds and disclose other sources of possible funding.
  • A dedicated faculty mentor to provide educational and professional guidance (in addition to your major advisor).
  • Free membership to the World Affairs Council.
  • Association with a cohort of like-minded young scholars and social activities such as the annual banquet.
  • Certification from the Center for Global Understanding and Peacemaking and an enhanced job resume.


Program Requirements

  • Maintain a 3.2 GPA.
  • Complete two Signature Learning Experiences (internship, research project, study abroad, service learning, or capstone course) directly related to global understanding and/or peacemaking.  Both experiences must be approved by the scholar’s designated faculty mentor.  It is anticipated that these will be the same Signature Learning Experiences required by your individual major.
  • Complete three classes from within the Asian Studies, International Studies, and/or Peace and Conflict Studies programs.  These may also count toward your core requirements and/or major requirements.  At least one of these courses must be taken before the junior year.  Additionally, at least one of the three must be at the 300 or 400 level.
  • Make a presentation related to Global Understanding and/or Peacemaking at Scholarship and Creative Arts Day.
  • Attend four CGUP-sponsored co-curricular lectures or events each school year.


Application Procedure

If you would like to apply for the Global Scholars program, submit the following to the Center for Global Understanding and Peacemaking (Nicarry 120, 

  • Letter of interest explaining why you wish to participate (limited to no more than 400 words).
  • Copy of your Elizabethtown College transcript.
  • Copy of your resume.

Only first and second year students are eligible to apply.