The Brittney Fox Watts Endowment for Study Abroad in Sustainability provides support to students who share passions for travel, experiencing different cultures, and embracing sustainable practices to address the health and well-being of individuals and communities around the globe. A $500 enhancement will be provided to select UGA undergraduate and graduate students attending a UGA sponsored Education Abroad or exchange program focused on sustainability. These funds are provided through the generous support of family and friends of Brittney Fox Watts to the Brittney Fox Watts Memorial Fund.
Applications are due to the UGA Office of Sustainability via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by November 1st of each year.
Preference given for academic merit, strong record of extra-curricular and service activities, strong faculty recommendation, demonstrated financial need, as well as depth of sustainability study and planned application of knowledge gained. Additional preference is given to students from Roswell, GA.
Within one month of returning from an education abroad experience, fund recipients shall provide to the Office of Sustainability a) two or more photos or videos from the study abroad experience and b) written description of learning outcomes in the form of one or more personal reflections.
Office of Sustainability, email@example.com , 706-542-1301
Kevin Kirsche, Director, Office of Sustainability, firstname.lastname@example.org, 706-542-1301
About the Brittney Fox Watts Memorial Endowment
As a University of Georgia alumnus, Brittney was a dabbler and explorer of the world around her and was wholeheartedly dedicated to doing her best work, no matter the cause, newest hobby, or challenge at hand. We truly believe if there is a little of Brittney in all of us, this world will be a happier, more compassionate, and loving place. Brittney touched so many people’s lives and it is our goal to help her to continue to inspire others.
The family of Brittney Fox Watts joins with the Small Dreams Foundation, Inc. to create a memorial fund to honor Brittney’s creative spirit, adventurous soul, and loving heart. It is their hope that this fund will provide financial support to students who share the same passions as Brittney – who loved traveling the world, experiencing different cultures, and supporting sustainable practices. Their mission is to empower individuals to address the health and well-being of people and communities around the globe.
I chose my selected program, UGA Study Abroad in Freiburg, due to its focus on the connection between culture and sustainability. This program complements my educational goals marvelously well, as I am pursuing a minor in German and want to enhance my ecology degree by investigating how culture affects our relationship with the environment.
I am a first-generation college student driven by a love of my region and its people to determine how we should live in order to conserve our land, our natural heritage, our culture, and our livelihoods. Attending the Freiburg study abroad program would improve my German language fluency and expose me to a city and culture that have fully embraced sustainability, helping me learn how to promote sustainable practices among my own people for the enduring benefit of our land and legacy.
To my mother’s dismay, I was the mud-covered child who studied every leaf and flower in her backyard. I wished to “heal the earth” or “save the world”. I became an Environmental Engineering major not only because I have an analytical, problem-solving, and mathematical background but also because I love practicing my skills to solve our nation’s most pressing environmental problems. Although I enjoy the technical and design aspect of my major, I found myself looking for more environmental, sustainable, and natural resources coursework and extracurricular activities.
I decided to apply for UGA Costa Rica’s Tropical Reforestation because the program gives me hope that I can turn my childhood dream into reality and make a difference, no matter how small. I plan on getting my masters and potentially PhD in Ecology and focusing on environmental conservation, remediation, and sustainable methods, and this opportunity based in teamwork and field research is exactly what I see myself doing in years to come.
I am fascinated by the concept of symbiosis and how different species coinhabit and interact with one another for health and survival. Currently, I am majoring in ecology and biology and plan to attend graduate school after my undergraduate years, with a potential focus in disease ecology or the human microbiome. One ambition that I hope to pursue is to ultimately promote a greater symbiosis among humans and nature. I feel that the Discover Abroad Maymester in Australia and New Zealand will be an experience that will help quench my curiosity by learning from others’ cultures, such as those of the Aborigine and the Maori, that I do not meet here in the United States as well as by observing and researching the biodiverse ecosystems endemic to Australia and New Zealand. I believe that sustainable development is key as we head into the future with an increasing global population. The infrastructure that we build from here on out should have some component that would be considered environmentally friendly, whether it be that our development expansion uses cleaner sources of energy, is formed out of recycled material, encourages compost and recycling, or takes other measures to reduce the destructive footprint on nature.