Global Scholars Program

The Global Scholars Program (GSP) offers a combination of a course and international service-learning project for students interested in learning about global socio-economic and socio-environmental issues and actively participating in addressing them. The GSP is administered through the International Business Program within the Department of Management, of the College of Business and Economics (COBE) at Boise State University. The selection process of becoming a Global Scholars Program Awardee is highly competitive and recipients will be carefully selected after completing a rigorous application and participating in an in-person interview.

Spring Break Trip to Spain, March 2020

For the 2019-2020 Global Scholars Program, the student organizations, the Social Entrepreneurship Student Organization (SESO) and the International Business Organization (IBO) – agreed to sponsor the service abroad project. Riaño, Spain was chosen as the service abroad project because the partner nonprofit organization is based there, and it directly relates to a University of Oxford study. Selected students will also have the opportunity to conduct fundraising efforts, and apply for internal and external grants to subsidize the cost of the trip.

Global Scholars at a bean facility in Costa Rica
Previous Global Scholars at a bean facility in Costa Rica.

The GSP will partner with nonprofit animal welfare and rescue organizations who aim to save apex predators, including large-carnivores such as the grey wolf (Canis lupus). The GSP will aim to assist these organizations to increase their income potential through an international social enterprise model, with the goal of raising more funds to make a greater impact for people, wildlife, and the environment. This international social entrepreneurship approach to tackling socio-economic and socio-environmental issues provides students an alternative perspective to addressing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as well as provides students an opportunity to learn about the international social entrepreneurship aspects of ‘entrepreneurship and rewilding.’

COBE’s IB Global Scholars will visit several partner organizations, conduct applied ethnographic field research, explore wilderness areas, and each student will have the opportunity to ‘lead for a day’, in addition to their individual and group assignments. Further, they will be able to present their research findings to the nonprofits’ directors, and potentially, partner organizations. Cultural excursions will also expose students to the intricacies of international business such as language, culture, foreign currency, and commerce.

This trip promises to provide an exceptional opportunity for the individuals involved to represent IBO, the GSP, the Management department, COBE, and Boise State. Applied learning concepts will be utilized to connect classroom initiatives with real-world issues. The Global Scholars Program is proud to represent all parties impacted and pledges to act with the utmost respect and dignity.