The Olmsted Foundation provides the financial support necessary for Scholars to fully immerse themselves in the academics, language and culture, including travel, of their foreign location.
New Scholar Orientation
The Foundation holds its new Scholar Orientation program in early June, on the same weekend of the Annual Meeting, Reunion and Reception.
On Friday night, the Foundation hosts an informal gathering where the new Scholars meet their fellow members of the new class, Olmsted Foundation staff and Directors. The following morning they attend informational sessions on language training, cultural acclimation, academic requirements and travel. Staff members also use this time to review the Foundation’s rules, forms and expectations.
Scholars then meet with representatives of their services to discuss the specific requirements expected of them while they’re overseas.
Scholar spouses also attend a session with alumni Scholars and their spouses. These alumni mentor incoming spouses with information to help them as they prepare to begin life in a foreign country.
The Orientation is the first time an Olmsted Scholar Class gathers together as a group. Orientation activities, including the Annual Meeting, Reunion and Reception, run from Friday through Sunday and are covered financially by the Olmsted Foundation.