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Alumni gift to help Albright students study abroad

READING, Pa. - A pair of Albright College graduates are sharing a piece of their success with a new generation of the school's students.

Robert J. Beall, a 1965 graduate and former trustee, and his wife, Mary Ellen O'Connor Beall, a member of Albright's class of 1967, have donated $50,000 to fund a scholarship for the college's study abroad program.

The scholarship money, to be split evenly over the next five years, will be awarded to students with demonstrated financial need for a semester or year of study abroad, as approved by Albright's director of experiential learning and provost.

"We are grateful to the Bealls for their generosity and vision," said Kimberly Justeson, director of experiential learning. "By increasing access to a global education, they are helping the College to achieve its vision of graduating students who reach positions of leadership and service whatever their chosen fields and add to the richness, diversity and welfare of our global society."

A requirement of the scholarship is that, while in the foreign setting, the student must engage in some activity, such as service learning, volunteering, researching or interning, that benefits the members of the community there and increase the student's engagement with that culture, officials said.

In recent years, Albright students have studied in Australia, Bhutan, Japan, Spain, Egypt and Ecuador.

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