Sara Germain, a senior Wildlife Management student, has received a 2016-17 Diversity Abroad Honors Scholarship from the SUNY Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion to support an opportunity to travel and study in Panama this spring.

The Diversity Abroad Honors Scholarship Program supports study abroad experiences and inclusive educational programs that reward academic excellence and expand students’ knowledge of diversity throughout the world.

The $2,000 award will help Germain participate in this spring’s biodiversity program in Panama, which takes students to study the environmental, economic and social dynamics of conservation in one of the most biologically diverse places on the planet.

In her scholarship application essay, Germain called the program a unique opportunity for Wildlife Management students. An already heavy loan burden, however, kept the trip out of her reach without the assistance of the scholarship.

“The scholarship is an immense honor to me,” Germain said. “I never really imagined traveling to the other side of the United States, let alone go to an entirely new country. SUNY Cobleskill has helped all my wildest dreams come true, and since I transferred here in 2014, I have been to Alaska, Canada, and soon, Panama! I have absolutely fallen in love with exploring these wild places, and this freedom to experience the world through my own eyes has been a life-changing adventure. Through scholarships, Cobleskill helps further my education and experience in ways that I could not otherwise afford, and for that I am truly grateful.”

Christopher Castaneda, a sophomore Biotechnology student, is currently studying in Valencia, Spain, thanks to a Summer/Fall 2016 Diversity Abroad Honors Scholarship.

(Header photo: Sara Germain at Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone National Park / Courtesy of Sara Germain)

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