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Appeal from Dr. Sukant Misra...

Dr. Sukant Misra

Acquiring a well-developed global perspective is one of the most valuable assets in today's complex and interconnected global marketplace. In the near future, if not already, virtually all occupations will be international in scope. Students with knowledge about and experience in other cultures and with people from around the world have a wide-ranging variety of career options available to them: international trade, banking and financial services; law; architecture and engineering; all levels of government; human services; health and environmental organizations and education; agriculture - to name but a few. Here at TTU's Office of International Affairs, we believe that all students should have access to the advantages that a global education confers.

There are many ways to make a gift to the Office of International Affairs. Funds may be used for a variety of purposes including scholarships, emergency support for international students, study abroad opportunities, and outreach initiatives.

At some point during the course of their education here at TTU, a few of our international students will experience profound financial need, especially if they are from countries destabilized by war, famine, or political unrest. The geopolitical reasons might be complicated, but for our students the results are simple and dire: the money from home simply dries up—and for many, there wasn't much to begin with.

There are also domestic students who hunger for an international experience -- yet lack the funds to allow them to pursue this life-altering opportunity. Some are already living hand to mouth and working two jobs to afford housing, tuition and fees here at Texas Tech. For these students, the possibility of studying abroad seems remote, even though the realities of the global marketplace make a study abroad experience vital to the future success of today's college graduates.

Scholarships are crucial if we are to increase our international student population and expand the reach of our study abroad programs. Even though Texas Tech takes pride in its affordability, out-of-state tuition is still a steep price to pay for even a middle-class student from many areas of the world. And for a domestic student who is struggling just to pay for textbooks, the possibility of a study abroad experience can seem impossible.

Please consider giving to the Office of International Affairs. Who knows? Your contribution could make it possible for a student to receive a first-class education and go on to become a teacher, a doctor, perhaps even a minister or head-of-state. Your tax-deductible contribution is appreciated by all of us here at the Office of International Affairs as well as by all the students whose lives will be forever changed because of it.

Contact Details

Joan Goodman-Williamson, Ph,D.
Executive Director, International Relations
Office of International Affairs