What is the Program?

The International Fellowship Program offers an opportunity for students with financial need to study abroad during their sophomore, junior, or senior year. Each spring and fall, students will be informed that they may submit a proposal outlining their intent to travel, the desired location, and course of study. A selection committee, called the International Fellows Committee, consisting of faculty and administrative staff, will be designated annually by the Millikin University Center for International Education (CIE). This committee will also include a member of the Alumni and Development Office. Information obtained from the Financial Aid Office will determine the student’s financial need, based upon the student’s annual Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) filing.


Bruce and Kay Nims International Fellows Program

Bruce and Kay Nims are members of the Millikin class of 1972 and 1973, respectively. Through their family foundation, they have established the Nims Foundation International Fellows Program in accordance with their goal of supporting education, youth, and international/cultural projects. Bruce Nims is the retired Chairman of the Board of Nims Associates, Inc., a computer consulting firm, and a Millikin Trustee Emeritus. He serves as Millikin University’s Entrepreneur-in-Residence in the Center for Entrepreneurship. 

Marie Folrath McDermott International Fellows Program

Marie Folrath McDermott was a member of the Millikin class of 1940. She was a long-time resident of Decatur and enjoyed participating in events on campus. She especially enjoyed auditing classes at Millikin. She had fond recollections of classes and travel trips with the late Professor Graham Provan. Her love of travel and learning led to her daughter providing memorial funds to establish travel fellowships.

Douglas E. Zemke International Fellows Program

Funds for this fellowship were established by the Trustees of Millikin University in 2010 with the invitation to alumni and friends to support a fund recognizing the retirement of Millikin's 13th President, Douglas E. Zemke, class of 1966.

Elliott Family International Fellowship

An endowed fund created by Dr. Edward C. Elliott and his wife, Anne Elliott. Income from the endowment shall be used to provide financial support for international learning experiences, during their sophomore, junior or senior year, for full-time students enrolled in Millikin's traditional undergraduate program with a demonstrated financial need.

Dahl Scholarship for International Study 

A scholarship established in 2013 by Dr. James and Marlise Dahl to be awarded annually to encourage students with a business or nursing major at Millikin University to study abroad. The scholarship funds are to be used for study in another country outside of North America during a regular academic term or for an immersion course. Dr. Dahl is a former Dean of the Millikin University Tabor School of Business.

The Adrian Koehler International Fellowship

Adrian Koehler is a graduate of the Class of 2003. Adrian was a nursing major at Millikin, and has traveled the globe extensively to participate in service-based and philanthropic work. Adrian believes strongly that these experiences had a life-changing impact on him, and created this Fund to provide the same opportunities for other Millikin students. The purpose of the Fund is to provide funding for students to engage in a University-authorized study-abroad course focused on philanthropic or service-based work outside the United States, preference given to students enrolled in the School of Nursing.

•    The program is open to all full-time, traditional undergraduate students in their sophomore, junior, and senior years. 
•    Students should have a Millikin University grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher.
•    Students must submit a proposal outlining their intent to travel, the desired location and course of study to the Center for International Education by the designated deadline each semester.
•    Students must complete a final report on their international study experience and submit it to the International Fellows Committee within 2 months of their return to Millikin University. Students must also be prepared to make a presentation to the community based on their final report during September International Month.
•    Students must have filed a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). 

Return completed Applications to: 
Center for International Education
Millikin University
University Commons, room 122
1184 West Main St. Decatur, IL 62522. 

Deadlines for Fellowship Applications

Fall and Spring

For summer immersion and fall semester programs = March 8
For winter immersion and spring semester programs = October 15

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