Jeffrey Shultz Endowed Scholarship

JeffHe will be remembered by his many friends and colleagues as a person who was incredibly kind and generous, who devoted much of his time to mentoring young scholars and creating inventive new programs for undergraduates, as someone with a fierce commitment to justice and equity, a person with enormous integrity, someone with a sparkling and clever sense of humor, and a scholar with a rare kind of brilliance that catches you by surprise and takes your breath away.

Jeff Shultz was born and raised in Arecibo, Puerto Rico.  Growing up fully fluent in both Spanish and English he developed a lifelong love and respect for the Spanish language and its speakers. Attending MIT as a theoretical Mathematics major, he became a volunteer tutor in a bilingual preschool in Boston’s South End. From this experience, he was drawn to graduate study in education at Harvard, with a focus on issues of language, culture, and educational justice. He taught at the University of Cincinnati before joining the faculty of Arcadia University as chair of the Education Department.  He was a beloved and highly respected professor, colleague, and leader at Arcadia, where he worked for 30 years in a variety of roles. Jeff made a significant contribution to the field of anthropology and education and, more recently, to re-conceptualizing global learning for undergraduates. His leadership and vision for reshaping global education in the undergraduate curriculum led to national recognition for him and Arcadia’s global/local emphasis in the Global Connections and Crossing Boundaries elements of undergraduate education at Arcadia. In collaboration with the American Association of Colleges and Universities’ Shared Futures Initiative and the American Council on Education’s Internationalization Laboratory and At Home in the World Institute, Jeff brought insight, care, intelligence, humor, and creativity to national conversations about how to assist students in thinking globally and acting locally. In the words of those who knew him best, Jeff’s educational mission was defined by a deep passion to serve students, a commitment to social justice, and to have a lot of fun along the way.

The eligibility requirements are as follows:

  • Each scholarship award will have a value of at least $500
  • The number of scholarships awarded will be determined by the scholarship committee
  • Minimum 3.00 overall cumulative GPA
  • Undergraduates are eligible
  • Undergraduate students must be enrolled full-time
  • Recipients must be participating in high impact practices including study abroad, research, internships, service-learning, and other similar opportunities
  • Recipients must meet at least one of the following criteria at the time of application for this award in order to be eligible:
    • Member of the Weber Honors College
    • Member of the Compact Scholars Program
    • Declared major in Interdisciplinary Studies in Three Departments (IS3D);
    • Undeclared major

For more information, please contact Janet Abbott at [email protected]. To apply for the Jeffrey Shultz Endowed Scholarship, please go to the Aztec Scholarships website.


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