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Dr. John G. Richardson International Study Experience Award

Richardson, Dr. John G. – International Study Experience Award

 International Study Experience Award – TBD

 Eligible for Nomination of Award: Agents, Program Associates, Specialists and Administrative Assistants.

Criteria: See below.   Apply Here for NCCE Award

How to Apply: This endowment is administered according to the following provisions:

  1. A written essay of no more than 600 words must be submitted, justifying the international travel.
  1. Recipients must be employed by North Carolina State University for a minimum of three years.
  1. Enclose at least one Letter of Recommendation, preferably from your immediate supervisor.   

Dr. John G. Richardson, Agricultural Programs Accountability Manager and Department Extension Leader in the Department of Agricultural and Extension Education at North Carolina State University established a permanent endowment in The North Carolina Agricultural Foundation, Inc. to encourage and provide financial awards to those persons who are employed as North Cooperative Extension Service Agents who have never been out of the boundaries of the United States to initiate a professional travel and experience opportunity to any international location that specifically requires the possession of a valid U.S. Passport for legal admittance. This professional development opportunity may be very broad or narrow in scope, and of at least 48 hours in duration in one or more foreign countries.

 Criteria: 
While other designated groupings of individuals may be eligible if no eligible candidate applies from the top priority group (current Extension agents), the same parameters will apply to those groups as well. The overarching key is for those with absolutely no international experience to be able to gain first-hand knowledge of other infrastructures, cultures, functions and procedures in other countries, and to be able to make realistic assessments to advantages that are held domestically in the USA as compared and contrasted to those functions and infrastructure in other parts of the world beyond the USA borders.

The second eligible group of candidates is currently enrolled Agricultural and Extension Education doctoral level students, in the event no candidate applies from the first group. Only those persons who have never ventured into any foreign location or country will be deemed eligible.

The third group will be enrolled Agricultural and Extension Education Masters students, in the event no acceptable candidate applies from the first or second priority groups. Only those persons who have never ventured into any foreign location or country will be deemed eligible.

The fourth level eligible group will be Regional Extension Directors or other Extension program leadership/administrative personnel in the event no candidate applies from the first, second, or third priority groups. Only those persons who have never ventured into any foreign location or country will be deemed eligible.

A fifth, but unlikely group to be eligible, will include Extension specialists who hold a minimum of a 75% Extension appointment. Again, only those persons who have never ventured into any foreign location or country will be deemed eligible.

Finally, should no eligible applicant emerge from the five stepped priority groups, then an otherwise eligible applicant from one of the priority groups who has only minimal international experience may be deemed appropriate by the selection committee for this award.

This endowment will be administered according to the following provisions:

  1. The endowment will be designated as the John G. Richardson International Study Experience Endowment. Awards made from the endowment will be called the John G. Richardson International Study Experience Awards.
  2. The income, but not the principal, of this endowment will be used to support travel, registration fees, per diem and other expenses directly related to participation in international professional development experiences by current agents employed by NCCE and working in North Carolina County Extension Offices. Awards will be $500 (and may be increased at the discretion of the awards committee (defined below) but will in no case provide more than 50% of the total costs incurred by recipients for their international professional development opportunities, unless extreme financial need is demonstrated (as determined by the awards committee).
  3. Recipients of the John G. Richardson International Study Experience Awards will be selected by an awards committee chaired by the Associate Dean and Director of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service and consisting of the Regional Directors of the NCCES. If the aforementioned committee chair and members are no longer associated with NCCES and/or the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the Dean of the College or his or her designee will take over the role and responsibility of the committee. The committee will advertise this award statewide, among all the awards for Extension employees, and base their selections upon the criteria expressed on Page 4 of this agreement as well as the following: a)Recipients from the top priority group must have been employed by North Carolina State University a minimum of three (3) years; b) A written essay of no more than 600 words must be submitted, justifying the international travel; c) Previous recipients may not reapply for a minimum of three years; d) If, for any reason, Cooperative Extension is dissolved or ceases to exist, then this award may be made to other outreach/Extension components within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences as deemed appropriate by the Dean of the College.
  4. An annual report will be provided to the Donor indicating what awards were made in the previous year as well as the endowment balance.

Written By

Photo of Laurie EdwardsLaurie Edwards Executive Assistant (919) 515-1370 laurie_edwards@ncsu.eduExtension Administration - NC State University
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