Jackson State University plans to send 140 students abroad with the help of a crowdfunding campaign.
JSU Passport to the World features study abroad opportunities in China, Brazil, the Dominican Republic, France and Spain. With a price tag of about $2,000, many students are relying on financial aid to cover the cost, according to Pricilla Slade, special assistant to the provost for JSU-Global and Community College Relations.
“It’s just like paying tuition,” Slade said. However, because students have varying amounts of financial aid, with some having none at all, the university decided to start a tax-deductible crowdsourcing campaign.
“We realize how important this is for students’ educational growth and development and the impact it can have on their future,” Slade said. “That is the reason why we’re working so hard to make this opportunity available to as many students that qualify and can financially make the trip.”
JSU and the Council of International Educational Exchange is covering the cost of the passports. If the campaign raises enough money for each student to go, the money will be divided equally based on need, Slade said. Otherwise, the funds will be given in scholarships.
Jasmine Harvey, a 22-year-old social work major, said she hopes to study in Paris. . . .