Empowering Global Changemakers Through Mentoring

The Foundation for Global Scholars (FGS) supports globally focused college students and alumni who want to a make a positive impact on the world. Resources we provide to (mostly) 20-30 year old global changemakers include scholarships for study abroad programs, mentors, and connections. Since 2006, FGS has provided over $1.5 million in scholarships and helped over 1500 students from over 300 colleges studying in every major region of the world.

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Global Changemaker Legacy Award Winners

Change advances knowledge, grows economies, provides opportunity, and fulfills dreams. Our world evolves with the spirit of entrepreneurial acts, through commerce, service, community building, and individual interactions. Creating meaningful change takes vision, foresight, initiative, energy, and capacity. In addition, the world becomes more connected every day. Our global community strengthens as our access to one another is increasingly at our fingertips through technology, social media, and international experiences.

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2nd Annual Global Changemaker Legacy Award – Applications Opening Soon!

The Foundation for Global Scholars (FGS) is pleased to announce that applications for the second annual Global Changemaker Legacy Award will soon be open. This award program is designed to recognize FGS scholars in the world who have widened their viewpoint through international experiences and are actively creating positive change.

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Global Changemaker Series: Van Milton

I went to school for automotive design but ended up changing majors to botany because science seemed more interesting. I decided to keep the fine arts minor, though, and continue to be intrigued by the intersection of science and art. In college the language requirement and a long interest in Japan led me to take a couple of semesters of Japanese. After graduating, I kept in touch with my Japanese professor, who encouraged me to apply to the JET Program – an English teaching program run by the Japanese government. I was accepted and spent five years teaching in a small city called Okayama in Western Japan and exploring and learning about the culture in my free time. Since returning I’ve worked at the Denver Botanic Gardens and am now invovled in many local Japanese language and meetup groups. I enjoy outdoor sports, especially hiking and mountain biking. I’ve been a bicycle commuter for 17 years, and environmental issues are extremely important to me.

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