Giving back: Student travel fund is memorial to Prof. Galt

Janice Galt and student scholarship recipient, Libbi LarsonFor UW-Green Bay students, backpacking through Europe, signing on as a foreign-exchange student in Japan, or pursuing research in the rain forests of Brazil might not be as out-of-reach as they may have thought.

The Tony Galt Student Travel Scholarship exists to support students interested in traveling abroad during their college career.

The University lost Prof. Galt to cancer in 2005. He left a legacy of a much-honored, 34-year career teaching Social Change and Development, chairing the anthropology program, and achieving renown as an international scholar.

One of the many things he is remembered for is his love of traveling, and he wished the same educational and memorable experiences for interested students of UW-Green Bay.

In Professor Galt’s memory, his wife, Janice, and son Alex established the scholarship in 2006. It awards one student per year a $2,500 scholarship for travel-abroad experiences such as studying at a foreign university, being involved in an independent study, or performing overseas research.

In spring 2009 the scholarship was awarded to senior Libbi Larson, a psychology and Human Development major. Larson spent the semester studying abroad in Florence, Italy. She absolutely loved her experience.

“I would go back instantly if I had the chance,” Larson says.

Larson got the opportunity to meet and thank Mrs. Galt at the annual UW-Green Bay scholarship reception in October (photo above: Libbi Larson, at left, and Janice Galt).

A student interested in applying for the Galt Scholarship must have attained sophomore status, be in good academic standing and have the desire to study at a foreign university. Applications are reviewed by a committee including representatives of the Galt family and UW-Green Bay faculty and staff.

Visit the Office of International Education website for more information and to download the application form or contact (920) 465-2190 with any questions.

— story by student communication intern Lauren Muench

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