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Life stories
The fall issue of Scope brought back memories of my days at Skidmore. Thank you especially for “Staff of Life”—the photos of staff members that make Skidmore the remarkable college it is. I worked with many of them for my work-study assignments, and it was cool seeing their faces and reading their interesting life stories before and at Skidmore.

Klara Fontaine ’03
Randallstown, Md.

I loved the “Staff of Life” piece. It made the campus seem very human, very well-taken care of, very un-ivory-towerish. It put a soul behind people who might otherwise go invisible.

Jane Fowler Grau ’68
Charlotte, N.C.

Study-abroad help

I’m glad to see [in the fall 2005 Scope] that so many Skidmore students are studying abroad. The article caught my eye in part because it cites a study by the Institute of International Education. I have been working for IIE since 2000. Founded in 1919, it operates a couple hundred programs, including the Fulbright program for the US Department of State.

A few other programs might be of interest to Scope readers:

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships, for US citizens receiving federal Pell Grant aid at a college or university, provide up to $5,000 to defray costs associated with studying abroad.

The National Security Education Program’s David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarships offer aid for study of world regions critical to US interests.

Trough the Emerging Markets Development Advisers Program, students in (or recently out of) graduate school can provide management assistance to small and medium-sized enterprises in developing countries.

For more information on these programs, visit

Andrew Kohlhepp ’93
Washington, D.C.