Another Experience of a Lifetime for ALAS Class of 2015

The ALAS 2015 Scholarship was awarded to 12 students from Clayton State University who traveled to Mexico this summer to study, work and develop unique skills and lasting friendships.

ALAS is proud to announce that our 2015 sponsorship of Clayton State University’s study abroad trip to Guadalajara, Mexico, was a smashing success.

Earlier this summer, 12 students from Clayton State traveled to Mexico to take part in a range of events on the ground, study the Spanish language and Mexican culture, and work and interact with locals to develop valuable skills and relationships that together build lasting bridges between the United States and Mexico.

The students had a very rewarding and memorable experience during their time in Guadalajara. Volunteering at the Hospital Civil Nuevo de Guadalajara and again at the health fair in Juanacatlan, students were very close with healthcare professionals, businesses, members of the community and patients receiving care.

They also spent hours at their studies, improving their knowledge of Mexican culture and developing deeper fluency with the Spanish language. But best of all, the 2015 class developed friendships with a range of Mexicans and other international students at the University of Guadalajara, as well as at the hospital.

Indications are that many of the students are planning on returning next year to spend even more time in Mexico working in internships.

According to Colleen Walters, member of the ALAS Board of Advisors and head instructor of Clayton State’s Mexico study abroad program, “Guadalajara was amazing! The students had such a positive impact. I am very proud of this group…Thank you ALAS for all your support over the years.”

Here is a list of students who were awarded ALAS support.

Tracye Lamar

Ashley Lawton

Rufina Greene

Ariel Curtis

Karen Massiah

Kourtney Kilgore

Frances Sheard

Rosetta Norman

Christine Morgan

Lisa Mendola

Shacori Hillman

Cambrea Norris

ALAS congratulates the 2015 class and looks forward to working more closely with this group and others in the near future. Look for more coverage in the coming days on this blog.

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