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2023 Samuel Neff Fellowship for International Study Scholarship Recipient

Posted by Rachel Jarvis on Thu, Sep 14, 2023

Jessie Furner  The Community Foundation for Crawford County is pleased to introduce the  2023 Samuel Neff Fellowship for International Study Scholarship recipient,  Jessie Furner!

 Jessie has also been awarded other Foundation scholarships: the Pry  Scholarship award and one of the 19 Margaret and Donald Wenner, MD  Scholarship awards.

 Jessie is currently completing a study abroad program in New Zealand!


What inspired you to choose your intended major?

"I decided to follow a path I knew I could excel in."

What are your career goals after you graduate?

"Either 1) start a nonprofit, 2) accept an offer I cannot refuse, 3) become a grad student while continuing to work as a realtor, wedding officiant, and substitute teacher, or 4) accept a local position that fuels my soul as well as my bank account."

Please describe the international experience you will be taking:

"I will be living and 'working' fulltime in Wellington, NZ from September 1st - November 8th, 2023. As a Bobcat, I have access to the office of Global Opportunity and the great resources it provides (amazing staff). There are a myriad of partnerships and opportunities for abroad study through them. I was encouraged to apply for the Benjamin Gilman Scholarship, which is only available to Pell Grant eligible students. I will be staying in hostels with an occasional Airbnb that offers laundry amenities! I chose NZ because it's wild, beautiful, ecologically diverse, English speaking, notoriously friendly, and far, far away."


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