The Donald Manson Study Abroad Fund was established in 2017 in his memory by his wife Carolyn Manson. Donald Manson ’62 was deeply impacted by Lawrence faculty who inspired him in his commitment to his passions of teaching and government.  In particular, his education professor George Walters had a lasting impact in his life.  The Donald Manson Study Abroad Fund assists student with demonstrated financial need from diverse populations to study abroad.  Preference shall be given to education and government students, as Mr. Manson devoted his life to teaching and public service.

Grants of $1,000 to $2,000 will be given annually to students attending Lawrence-affiliated or -sponsored international study programs that are a term, semester, or academic year in length.  Applicants should be from a diverse background and have demonstrated financial need.  Preference will be given to applicants studying Government or Education.

Eligibility & Selection Criteria

  • Eligible students will have been accepted to a Lawrence-affiliated or sponsored international off-campus study program for the following academic year.
  • Applicants must come from a diverse background.
  • Preference will be given to applicants studying Government or Education.
  • Applications will be reviewed and evaluated based upon need.  Need will be determined based upon the student’s demonstrated need as determined by the Financial Aid office, the costs of the program in which they will be participating, and a statement submitted with the application. By submitting the application form (on the following page), the student understands that the Office of Financial Aid will access this information and that this will be used in the application review process. All applicants should demonstrate unmet financial need by completing their FAFSA information.
  • All recipients of the Donald Manson Study Abroad Fund are required to submit a detailed and thoughtful impact statement about their experiences to the Off-Campus Programs Office upon their return.  This statement will be sent to the generous donors of off-campus scholarships.  
  • The application deadline for the 2020-2021 Donald Manson Study Abroad Fund is April 27, 2020.  Late applications will not be considered.