Our winter newsletter has been mailed out to everyone and you should be receiving it in your mail box any day now! If you want a sneak peak, download our PDF version to learn all about how the Sarah Ramsey Strong Fund continues to support the students of Champlain College.
The Sarah Ramsey Strong Fund team continues to honor the legacy of Sarah Ramsey, Champlain College Class of 2012. The latest initiative supports the newly formed Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, under the leadership of Dr. Kylie King, Center Director and Professor of Entrepreneurship. This campaign has set a goal to raise an additional $50K to inspire Champlain College students to pursue their goals and dreams.
Featuring an update on support, why we are moving the 5K to May, and a special congratulations to our newest scholarship winner. Click the image to read the entire newsletter.
Please stay tuned for updates!
Our recipients have traveled the world and had many adventures. In these videos, three of our former recipients explain what the Sarah Ramsey Scholarship has meant for them.
Harka Tamang ’20 (2018 Recipient)
Anna Steeley ’19 (2017 Recipient)
Emily Connor ’17 (2016 Recipient)
The 2015 Sarah Ramsey Strong 5k was a huge success! Thank you to everyone who came out and supported the Sarah Ramsey Strong Fund on October 3rd. We had a blast, raised a good amount of money, and unveiled the new plans for the Sarah Ramsey Innovation Lab. Also thank you Jorie Spaulding Photography for these great photos of the day.
Photos by Stephen Mease from Champlain College
She won’t be here for long, but there’s little doubt that Lauren Buniva is making the most of her opportunity to study at the University of Otago.
It’s an opportunity that came about thanks to a scholarship she received from Champlain College back home in Vermont earlier this year.
In June, Ms Buniva was awarded the inaugural Sarah Ramsey Scholarship which provides financial support to a Champlain College marketing student wishing to study abroad.
Champlain College’s Study Abroad Director Noah Goldblatt says the scholarship, awarded annually, honours the memory of Champlain College student Sarah Ramsey who passed away last year.
“The goal of this scholarship is to enable a student to have a transformative experience abroad in much the same way that Sarah had with her own study-abroad experience.”
For Ms Buniva, the decision to travel over 15,000 km from home to study was a relatively easy one. Passionate about the outdoors and sports, she knew New Zealand would be a good fit.
“I plan on pursuing a career in outdoor/action sports marketing and this place seemed perfect for that culture,” she says. “I was also attracted by the tremendous amounts of travelling I’d be able to do. This, combined with stories I had heard of the country’s wonderful people and Dunedin being a college student’s heaven, made New Zealand and Otago my first and only selection.”
Since arriving in June she has been making friends and immersing herself in all that New Zealand has to offer. She says it’s tempting for international students to get caught up with typical tourist fare, but for her short stay, she wanted a more authentic Kiwi experience. She credits advice she received back home with helping to set her plans on the right track.
“Before arriving, I received valuable advice from friends who had previously studied in New Zealand that some of the most memorable experiences I’ll have are with the people and amongst the culture. Consequently, I made the conscious effort to spend my first month or so sticking around Dunedin to try and immerse myself in the culture and meet as many local Kiwis as possible.”
Just a few months into her time at Otago, it’s already feeling like home, she says.
“The more time I spend, people I meet, and places I travel, Dunedin, and the larger New Zealand, slowly has felt more and more like home.”
Though she is enjoying her time in Dunedin, she admits that Otago is quite different from the small private college she attends back home in Vermont.
“Otago’s size is exciting because there’s always new people to meet and things to do, but it doesn’t feel as intimidating as I thought a large university would feel. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that the campus is beautiful, as well.”
Ms Buniva’s time at Otago comes to an end in November when she returns to Vermont to continue her studies at Champlain College. She already knows she’ll have a lot of people to thank for making this opportunity of a lifetime possible.
“Just a huge thank you to my family, friends, staff at Champlain and the family and friends of Sarah Ramsey for their incredible support and enabling me to make this dream a reality.
“I’m continuously amazed by all that this country has to offer and I can’t help but feel grateful for this opportunity.”
Article by University of Otago