The IU Office of Overseas Study has received a $225,000 grant over the next three years from the Edward L. Hutton Foundation that will help fund new short-term study abroad programs, reducing program fees for students.
"Mr. Huttonís grant will make it possible for us to make our newest programs more affordable for IU students who might not have been able to study abroad otherwise," said Kathleen Sideli, director of the Office of Overseas Study and associate dean of International Programs. "Given the current economy, the shrinking value of the dollar abroad and the pressure on the campus budget, his generous gesture is greatly appreciated by those of us who know the impact study abroad will have on studentsí lives and careers."
This year, the grant will lower student fees by 10-15 percent for new summer programs in Dakar, Senegal, Amsterdam, Paris-Photography, London-Theatre and an intersession program in Oaxaca, Mexico, in December/January. These programs, which will now be part of the Edward L. Hutton Expanding Horizons Programs, will be led by IU faculty members who will accompany the groups and supervise the academic programs. In subsequent years, the grant will enable the development of additional programs.
Hutton, chairman and CEO of Chemed Corp. in Cincinnati,
grew up in Bedford and earned both bachelorís and masterís
degrees at IU. After completing his masterís degree, he served
in the U.S. Army in Germany. When the war ended, he worked
in Berlin and negotiated several trade agreements, helping
to rebuild the German economy. This early experience in Europe
inspired him to fund opportunities for IU students to study
In addition to the $225,000 grant given to overseas study,
Hutton also created the Edward L. Hutton International Experiences
Program in 2000. Administered by the IU Honors College, the
program has helped finance study abroad experiences for more
than 400 IU students. His support for such opportunities stems
from his strong belief that students should be exposed to
other cultures, broadening their global perspective.