DePauw Student Wins Full-Tuition Scholarship for New Zealand

By: Megan Johnson, Wright State University

Can you imagine your student winning a full-tuition scholarship to gain a world-class education, make lifelong friends and learn new ways of thinking — all for FREE?

This is the reality for Alicia Cotsoradis, the winner of the Go Overseas and Education New Zealand 3rd annual full-tuition scholarship to study abroad in New Zealand for a semester, according to this press release.

Alicia Cotsoradis, a junior biochemistry major attending DePauw University, won the $15,000 scholarship to use towards semester tuition and accommodation stipend. She will also have her round-trip flight sponsored by STA Travel.


Alicia Cotsoradis, via

Representatives from both organizations traveled to DePauw to deliver the news to Cotsoradis, who according to the press release plans to eventually study medicine, hoping that studying abroad will make her a better doctor as she wants to work with cultures other than her own.

In her scholarship application, Cotsoradis said she chose New Zealand because it “represents a culture of imagination and an appreciation for all things beautiful.”

“Between the incredible scenery, the love for adventure, and a culture based on long standing traditions, New Zealand holds all the elements necessary for me to explore myself and merge my science background with more hands-on skills that will help me later in life,” Cotsoradis said.

Field Director for North America for Education New Zealand, Alanna Dick, said the following after meeting Alicia and her family and friends at DePauw.

“I am even more excited for Alicia to start her semester in New Zealand. Alicia’s drive to become a better doctor by experiencing New Zealand culture and meeting people from diverse backgrounds is inspiring and we are excited to be able to support her dream and follow her on this journey.”

The past two winners of the scholarship were Emma Faucher of Castleton University in Vermont (2014), and Colin Murchison of Wheat Ridge, Colorado, from the University of Arkansas (2015). Murchison ended up extending his stay and launching a blog called Adaptography to promote cultural, financial and environmental stability through artwork such as photography, videography and the written word.

The goal of this annual scholarship is to get students engaged and excited about New Zealand and studying abroad, regardless of if they win the scholarship. The paperless scholarship application allows students to choose whether they’d like to apply for spring, summer or fall terms and to select up to three programs, through a university or study abroad program provider. Students submit a high quality essay and New Zealand themed photo as the final step for the application.

Go Overseas’ mission is to empower everyone to engage in meaningful travel through peer reviews, interviews, articles and more to help people make educated travel decisions. Education New Zealand’s primary role is to market New Zealand as an education destination to international students, with staff in 18 overseas locations.

Tell your students about this scholarship for their chance to win next year: the application for next year’s scholarship opens in late August on the website.

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