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Launched in 2012, Virginia Wesleyan’s Global Scholars Program aims to increase the number of semester abroad experiences for students. Made possible by a gift from an anonymous donor, the award program covers costs associated with travel, room, board, tuition and other fees for approximately 15 study abroad experiences each year. Students from all majors are chosen through a competitive application and interview process. The Lighthouse Center for Exploration and Discovery recently announced the Spring 2017 Global Scholars. These are an exceptional group of students who are preparing to broaden their horizons and enhance their understanding of the global world. The students and their destinations are as follows: Ashley Bologna (Universidad de Congreso, Argentina), Kenneth Downing (Goethe Institut, Germany), Alexandra Ghazaleh (James Cook University, Australia), Edwin Kinsey (University of Otago, New Zealand), Manijha Mack (Universidad de la Habana, Cuba), Ashley Peterson (Universidad de Salamanca, Spain), Emilee Pierson (Universidad de Belgrano, Argentina), Kathleen Roberts (Charles University,  Czech Republic), Sheril Steinberg (Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso, Chile), and Alexis Vassiliadis (Florence University of the Arts, Italy).