SWS Student Ashley Leahman Awarded Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grant

December 7, 2018

VCU student Ashley Leahman

Studying abroad has been integral to VCU student Ashley Leahman’s life; she spent her junior year of high school in Zaragoza, Spain and is currently at University of Leiden in the Netherlands. Earlier this month, the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi recognized Leahman’s commitment to international education by awarding her a $1,000 Study Abroad Grant.

Leahman can’t overstate how much study abroad means to her academic and professional goals. She even chose to attend VCU “because they had such a big study abroad program. We are so lucky to have so many options open to us!”

Leahman came to VCU knowing both that she wanted to study abroad again and that she would major in Spanish. “Learning a language is essential to understanding another culture because so much of culture is embedded in our language” she eloquently summarizes.

She goes on to explain how “Studying abroad has and will continue to shape my professional career. I am very interested in working out of the United States…. Studying abroad has allowed me to extend my network in a way I would have never been able to do at home… [while] the challenges I have faced ... have made me more independent and confident.”  

For those inspired by Leahman’s journey, Phi Kappa Phi awards 75 of these grants to outstanding undergraduate college students throughout the United States.