EF Tours announced the 16 high school recipients from across the country who received the 2015 EF Global Citizen Scholarship. Katie Curran, a junior at Sturgis East, was one of the students to receive the annual scholarship. The 16 recipients will travel to Switzerland in June to attend EF’s Global Student Leaders Summit, which will explore creativity, innovation and education on an international level.
For this year’s scholarship challenge, EF asked students to draw from their own experiences to develop and share an innovative idea they have about education and learning. Criteria for the 2015 Global Citizen Scholarship included a video or essay submission addressing the student’s vision for the future of education. A panel of global education experts reviewed hundreds of submissions, including Katie’s video, before selecting the scholarship recipients.
Katie Curran created a video about the youth organization she created known as Project Next Generation (ProjectNextGeneration.com). Project Next Generation focuses on leadership and civics educational organization for local middle school students.
Under the umbrella of her organization, Katie created the Middle School World Peace and Leadership Program that focused on diplomacy and global citizenship. Katie commented, “the unique educational experiences I’ve had at Sturgis have really shaped my organization and the way I see the world. It has been very rewarding to lead a global citizenship and volunteer program for local youth through Project Next Generation."
She continued, noting that “The Global Student Leaders Summit in Switzerland will be a wonderful opportunity to share the vision of my organization while collaborating with other leaders from around the world”. Katie believes that “it will be gratifying to discuss various ways to innovate education around the world” and says, “I will take what I learn at the program and bring it back to the International Baccalaureate program here at Sturgis”.
This year’s Global Citizen Scholars will begin their travels to Europe on an immersive tour in London and Paris, where they will investigate historic, educational and cultural parallels among France, the United Kingdom and the United States. The trip culminates with a leadership conference in Switzerland. Students will collaborate on international teams to design solutions and innovations for the education field. Over the course of the program, they will also hear keynote speeches from Sir Ken Robinson—one of the world’s foremost thought leaders on creativity and innovation — and activist and author Nikhil Goyal.
“This year’s Global Citizens will be exploring some of the most forward thinking education systems in the world, and working with teachers and their peers to study and understand their own institutions – a crucial process as they develop the leadership skills that will help them shape our shared future,” said Shane Steffens, President of EF Educational Tours. “The 2015 class of Global Citizen Scholars is an impressive group of high school students who represent the next generation of global leaders.”