A diverse panel of expatriates will judge the 2011 Expat Youth Scholarship and help award a total of $10,000 to six students. Sponsored by Clements International, the leading provider of insurance solutions for expatriates and international organizations, this scholarship program is designed specifically for expat students who acquire unique life experiences growing up abroad.
Travel writer Lara Dunston has authored, contributed to and updated 50+ guidebooks, and experienced over 60 countries. As a well-traveled expat based in the Middle East, she has seen the world through the eyes of many different cultures, making her a perfect judge for this year’s scholarship theme.
Brian Gorg is the executive director of Families in Global Transition (FIGT), a non-profit organization focusing on cross cultural education and training to support the entire expat family. Brian is a valuable addition to the Judges Panel, bringing his experience with and understanding of the issues expat families face.
Bernadette Hale is the executive director of the Foreign Service Youth Foundation (FSYF). As a member of a Foreign Service family and veteran of the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the US Department of State, she has significant personal experience working with expat youth.
Alan Paul is the author of Big in China, to be released by Harper Collins in March 2011. He also wrote “The Expat Life” column for WSJ.com from 2005, when he moved to China, until June 2009, shortly after he moved back to the United States. His experience parenting abroad gives Paul unique insight into how expat life affects children and adults.
Clements International’s 2011 Expat Youth Scholarship will award $10,000 to six students ages 12-18 of any nationality who have resided in a foreign country for at least two consecutive years. Participants must create a 2-3 minute video explaining their favorite thing about their host country and its culture. The scholarship entry deadline is Friday, May 13, 2011.