Wang Center for Global Education

Awards, Recogintion, and Grants

  • In 2009, Pacific Lutheran University matched a $1 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to create a $2 million dollar endowment to assist low-income students to participate in study away programs.  The Global Scholars Awards will begin assisting students to study away in the Fall 2009 semester.
2009 Simon Award Recipient

The Simon Award for campus internationalization was awarded to PLU in 2009, recognizing the decades of hard work that staff and faculty across campus have contributed towards global education.

  • In 2009, Pacific Lutheran University became the first university is Washington state and the first private university on the west coast to receive the prestigious Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization.  A profile of PLU will appear in the publication, Internationalizing the Campus, to be published in Fall 2009 by NAFSA: Association of International Educators.

  • In January 2006, Pacific Lutheran University became the first US higher education institution to have students studying simultaneously on all 7 continents, an achievement that was subsequently repeated in 2008 and will also occur in 2010.  The course in Antarctica that makes this achievement possible is a class in Environmental Literature, taught by Dr. Charles Bergman, Professor of English.