|Fund for International Service Learning|
About the Fund for International Service Learning
What's a FISL?
In August of 2004, five individuals founded the Fund for International Service Learning (FISL) as a nonprofit organization dedicated to distributing scholarships to those planning to participate in international service-learning programs.
We believe in the positive influence international study has on students and the reciprocal benefits of service to others. FISL is dedicated to financially assisting those who wish to broaden their minds while studying and serving others abroad.
What is Service-Learning?
According to the National Service-Learning Clearinghouse, service-learning combines service objectives with learning objectives with the intent that the activity change both the recipient and the provider of the service. This is accomplished by combining service tasks with structured opportunities that link the task to self-reflection, self-discovery, and the acquisition and comprehension of values, skills, and knowledge content.Simply put, a service-learning experience attempts to apply the lessons of the classroom to real life service and use real life service experiences to build upon the lessons of the classroom.
Why We Exist
Students interested in studying abroad have many options to support them financially. Schools often let students transfer their school aid to programs abroad. Well-established scholarships already exist for the benefit of study abroad candidates. So why do we need another one?
What We Do
We have small achievable goals in the near term. We intend to provide a limited amount of $500 scholarship awards twice a year to worthy recipients. To be eligible for our aid, applicants must provide proof that they have been accepted into a credit-bearing service-learning program. Chosen recipients sign a pledge of honor that they will use their scholarship award toward the needs of attending their program. Moving forward we intend to increase the quantity of scholarships provided per year to help as many students as possible achieve their goals.
Who We AreFISL is operated and overseen by a dedicated, all-volunteer Board of Directors. We are:
Corey Ramsden, President
Mary O'Neill, Vice-President
Samantha Biondo, Treasurer
Lillian Ruiz Ramsden, Secretary
Marcia Eisenberg, Member-At-Large
The following individuals have generously donated their time and skills to FISL:
Logo design: Erica Klinger
Web site development: Craig Cunningham
Event planning: Erin McCarty
|Fund for International Service Learning - P.O. Box 15283 - Washington, DC 20003 - phone/fax 800-266-5180 - - www.fisl.org|
FISL is a 501(c)(3) organization.