The team went to the Negev desert and enjoyed a meal made by the Negev Bedouin.

For 15th Year, Olmsted Foundation Funds International Immersion Trip for Future Military Officers

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Norwich University has announced a $20,000 grant from the George and Carol Olmsted Foundation to support the Peace and War Center’s Overseas Cultural Immersion Trip. This is the fifteenth year in a row that Norwich has received support from the Olmsted Foundation for students to travel abroad.

Since 2005, approximately 67 students have benefited from this grant and have traveled to: Tanzania, Macedonia, Kazakhstan, Vietnam, Croatia, Senegal, El Salvador, Chile, Turkey, Georgia and Israel.

“Our Board of Directors was extremely pleased to sustain its overseas travel grant to Norwich this year, especially after hearing about the great success of last year’s program,” Olmsted Foundation President and CEO Bruce K. Scott said. “The program at Norwich is superb. It helps expose cadets to the world and will make them better officers in the future.” This grant supports Norwich students who are on a commissioning track as active duty officers in the United States military to travel abroad in the late-spring/summer to speak to the people and visit the places in person who comprise a relevant international conflict, free of any charge to the student. For the past three years, students have to traveled to Israel to study the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

By experiencing a new culture and analyzing the conflict from diverse viewpoints, students gain firsthand experience to prepare for future military careers. The details of the 2019 trip are still in the planning phase. “We absorbed as much information from each meeting so that by the time we got to later meetings we were able to compare and contrast the different outlooks that everyone, including ourselves, had on the Israeli, Palestinian conflict,” said Joseph Santangelo, Class of 2019, Air Force ROTC and mechanical engineering major, who participated in last year’s trip to Israel.

The Olmsted Foundation provides financial support to three Service Academies and four of the Senior Military Colleges for these trips, which often last about three weeks and provide the undergraduates with their first exposure to a foreign culture. The Olmsted Foundation’s emphasis on global immersion aligns with Norwich University’s mission to provide students with an education that is “American in character and global in perspective.”

Since 1959, the Olmsted Foundation’s Scholar Program has challenged young military officers to learn a foreign language and pursue graduate studies in that language at a foreign university. The Olmsted Foundation was created through an endowment from Gen. George Olmsted, a U.S. Army major general who served with distinction in World War II and went on to become a philanthropist and a successful businessman in the insurance and banking industries.

About Norwich University
Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by U.S. Army Capt. Captain Alden Partridge is the nation’s oldest private military college. Norwich is one of our nation's six Senior Military Colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).

Norwich University will celebrate its bicentennial in 2019. In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders, Norwich launched the Forging the Future campaign in 2014. The five-year campaign, which is timed to culminate in 2019, is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities and is designed to enhance the university’s strong position as it steps into its third century of service to the nation.

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