Spiridon Pappas recently spent the Fall 2017 semester abroad in Chiang Mai, Thailand, gaining insight into sustainability in this historic region.

He aims to increase student awareness of opportunities abroad and scholarships, with the goal to foster interest in studying abroad in Southeast Asia. Spiridon is a student who grew up in a low-income household. He is a first-generation college student, who worked from a young age to help his parents. He aims to provide guidance and support to students from various backgrounds, and realizes the international opportunities for students who continue to face financial hardships.

Thank you to the following scholarships for making this experience a reality for Spiridon and other students alike:

  • The Institute of International Education and the Freeman Foundation for the Freeman-Asia Scholarship

  • The U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs  for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

  • University Studies Abroad Consortium for the Asia Regional Scholarship

  • Western Washington University and the Study Abroad Office for the University Affiliate Program Scholarship

  • The Karen W. Morse Institute for Leadership, for the opportunity to attend the 8th Annual University Scholars Leadership Symposium, United Nations- Humanitarian Affairs

Questions regarding studying abroad in Southeast Asia and scholarship opportunities? Email:


Acknowledgement: This is not an official Freeman-ASIA, Gilman, or United Nations website or blog, and the views and information presented are Spiridon's own, and do not represent the Freeman-ASIA Program, Gilman, or United Nations.