US ambassador presents Marshall Plan scholarships

Alois Frotschnig, Trevor D. Traina, Peter Beard and Ashley Stephenson

During the Marshall Plan Symposium two international exchange Students at St. Pölten UAS were awarded a Marshall Plan Scholarship

Marshall Plan Symposium

The newly appointed US ambassador to Austria, Trevor D. Traina, handed over the Marshall Plan Scholarships to this year's fellows during the Marshall Plan Symposium on 6 June in the Amerika Haus in Vienna.

Among the fellows were two international exchange students at St. Pölten UAS, Peter Beard and Ashley Stephenson. Both are from our US partner university, Utah Valley. They were awarded a Marshall Plan Scholarship for their stay at St. Pölten during the summer semester 2018.

Peter and Ashley attend the European Project Semester and are writing a research paper, which is a condition for receiving the grant. The research papers are supervised by Thomas Moser from the Department of Media and Digital Technologies.

The symposium included a lecture about the challenges of digitalization for teaching staff, held by Gudrun Biffl.

The Marshall Plan Scholarship

Austrian students with a background in technology or natural sciences who want to spend a semester in the US, and US students who want to spend a semester in Austria, can apply for the Scholarship. The students receive a grant of between EUR 4,000 and 10,000. 

To date, 22 outgoing students of St. Pölten UAS have received the grant. Peter and Ashley are the first two incoming Marshall Plan fellows.

'The Marshall Plan Scholarship is a great financial help for Austrian and US students. We're happy that so many students of our department benefited so far from this Scholarship, and we hope that even more will do so in the future', says Alois Frotschnig, Head of the Department of Media and Digital Technologies.

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