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Scholarship Actualizes Student’s Dream of Studying the Arts in London

Georgian Court University student studying abroad in London

Ever since watching her older sister travel the world, Sabrina Halk knew she wanted to study abroad in London. Sabrina was selected as a recipient of the Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) scholarship in 2022, meaning this year, she is having the abroad experience that she has always wanted. This is her first time traveling internationally.

Sabrina is 1 of 935 students to have benefited from $3 million in scholarships granted since FEA’s inception in 2010.  Many of the recipients are students of color, first-generation college students, and community college students. Sabrina is a first-generation student from Brick, NJ.

“My dreams of studying abroad are coming true because of this scholarship,” said Sabrina. “I am paying for my abroad experience entirely myself. My mom is a single mother, and I don’t want to put that financial burden on her, so the scholarship is really lifting a weight off my shoulders.”

As a graphic design major in her sophomore year, Sabrina is taking courses on digital production, theater, and ethics at St. Mary’s Twickenham London. “I’m looking forward to developing a cosmopolitan mindset that will influence my artistic style,” she said.

According to the letter Sabrina received from the Fund for Education Abroad, there was just a 6% chance that an applicant would receive the scholarship, and Sabrina was one of thousands of applicants.

“It’s very challenging to get accepted for an FEA scholarship, and Sabrina is our first GCU student to ever receive this national study abroad scholarship,” said Laura Grodewald, Director of Global Education Programs.

“I’m very grateful that I was chosen,” said Sabrina. “I couldn’t have done it without the support of the GCU community. Ms. Grodewald was the one who made me aware of the scholarship and helped me through every step of the process. I can’t wait to share everything I learn in London with my community when I return.” To read student testimonials about their abroad experiences, you can visit the Global Education Blog.  For more information about global opportunities at GCU, students can visit the Global Education Programs page or email Laura Grodewald at

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About Georgian Court University

Georgian Court University is a leading regional university that provides a transformative education, preparing students for ethical leadership and service in the Catholic Mercy tradition. Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is Central and South Jersey’s only Catholic university. The university has a strong liberal arts core and a historic special concern for women.

As a forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, GCU is known for expanding possibility for more than 1,900 students of all faiths and backgrounds in 35+ undergraduate majors and 10+ graduate programs. The GCU Lions compete in 16 NCAA Division II sports in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC). In 2020, GCU was named a Best Value College by and a Best Bang for the Buck (Northeast) by Washington Monthly. High student retention and graduation rates make GCU a Top Performer on Social Mobility on U.S. News & World Reports rankings, and in 2024, GCU was named one of the best Online Master’s Colleges in New Jersey.

The main campus is in Lakewood, New Jersey, on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court, which is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, also serves students through its Center for Professional Studies, and at other locations, including GCU at Brookdale, and through multiple online degree and certificate programs.