NORTHFIELD, Vt. — Norwich University announced a $25,000 grant from the George and Carol Olmsted Foundation to support the Peace and War Center’s Overseas Cultural Immersion Trip.

This is the 16th consecutive year that Norwich has received support from the Olmsted Foundation for students to travel abroad. Since 2005, about 78 students have benefited from this grant and have traveled to Tanzania, North Macedonia, Kazakhstan, Vietnam, Croatia, Senegal, El Salvador, Chile, Turkey, Slovenia, Georgia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Israel and the Balkans.

Retired U.S. Navy Adm. Kurt Tidd, the Olmsted Foundation’s board chairman, expressed great satisfaction with Norwich’s cultural immersion program.

“The Olmsted Foundation is very pleased with its long-standing partnership with Norwich University,” Tidd said. “Year after year, Norwich uses these grants effectively to produce meaningful overseas broadening experiences for their cadets. Well done to Professor Travis Morris and the entire team at the Norwich Peace and War Center on their superb stewardship of this fine program.”

This grant supports Norwich students who are on a commissioning track as active-duty officers in the U.S. armed forces to travel abroad in the late-spring/summer at no charge to the students to speak to the people and visit the places that comprise a relevant international conflict. Study abroad promotes Norwich’s mission of educating future officers in cultural agility and global perspective and understanding.

In 2019, students traveled across six Balkan nations to understand NATO’s role in the region. By experiencing a new culture and analyzing the NATO from diverse viewpoints, students gain firsthand experience to prepare for future military careers. In 2020, students will visit Egypt to focus on religion and environmental security.

“This unique experience afforded me the opportunity to serve [the group] analyzing attitudes on cybersecurity in government,” said Anthony Trigilio ’20, a U.S. Air Force ROTC member and computer security and information assurance major who participated in last year's trip to the Western Balkans. “(T)hrough my study, I was able to ensure the security of my fellow students and the Norwich network while abroad.”

The Olmsted Foundation provides annual grants to four Service Academies and four 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 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 established by Gen. George H. Olmsted, a U.S. Army major general who served with distinction in World War II and who later became a philanthropist and a successful businessman in insurance and banking.

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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. Alden Partridge and is the United States’ 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).

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