Global Scholars Program Takes Flight

Global Scholars Program Takes Flight

Creighton’s new Global Scholars Program officially set sail (figuratively speaking) in July.

Out of nearly 200 applicants, 23 incoming freshmen were chosen for the program. They will spend the fall semester at the University of Sydney, Australia, returning to campus for the spring semester.

Among the inaugural cohort is Lauren Ramaekers of Omaha. One of nine siblings — and the third Ramaekers to attend Creighton, after her grandfather and father — she says she “just about cried when I heard I got selected.”

“When I applied,” she says, “I thought, ‘Oh my goodness, it would change my life if I could do this.’”

The budding biology major aspires to be a pediatric nurse. Global Scholars felt like a fit because of her interest in travel and service, she says.

The program is flush with both — and then some. Designed to provide a rich academic, social and service experience through which participants build networks with other students, faculty and alumni from around the world, Creighton Global Scholars will complete four study abroad trips, to four different countries, over the course of their undergraduate career.

Candidates completed both an application and an interview. The 23 students selected represent 12 states, from California to North Carolina and Wisconsin to Texas.

Ramaekers says she is more than ready for the adventure to begin. Although, admittedly, Sydney is a long way from home to spend your first semester of college.

What is she most excited about?

“Seeing how well I can stand on my own two feet,” she says.