International House Philadelphia (www.ihousephilly.org) announced the launch of its International Leadership Scholarship Program, which will benefit students and scholars who come to Philadelphia from countries around the world and serve in a leadership role as a Resident Advisor while living at International House.
Ed Satell (pictured addressing IHP residents, left), Founder & CEO of Progressive Business Publications (www.pbp.com), has generously provided the first scholarship for the program. Satell, longtime Trustee of International House Philadelphia (IHP), who was awarded its International Vision in Leadership Award in 2012, dedicated the inaugural scholarship in honor of the Classical High Reunion Group, his lifelong friends from Springfield, MA. Each year, the scholarship will benefit a student from Israel pursuing his or her graduate degree in Philadelphia, while residing at IHP and developing leadership skills through a comprehensive Resident Advisor leadership development opportunity.
The creation of the International Leadership Scholarship Program was initiated during a festive lunch at International House attended by IHP residents and 14 members of the Classical High Reunion Group.
President and CEO of IHP, Tanya Steinberg commented: “The guests joined IHP residents on a tour of International House then gathered for a delicious luncheon and energetic Q&A. The interaction between the guests and IHP residents was profound and educational for both parties. What impressed us all was the connection that the Reunion Group had maintained throughout the years. What a wonderful group of people and a great tradition!”
“We learn so much when we have the chance for a real dialogue.” stated Satell. Our group enjoyed both asking and answering questions with the diverse group of residents from three continents. That’s what IHP has always offered – a chance to share ideas and cultures. I believe it fulfills a unique and valuable mission, and I’m proud to support it.”
International House resident Xun (Bruce) from China expressed: “By bringing different cultures, beliefs and customs together, IHP opens windows to the unexpected. For me, and for every resident, IHP is a safe place to leave our preconceptions at the door.”
About International House Philadelphia: International House Philadelphia has a critical three-fold mission: to maintain a diverse and welcoming community for scholars from around the world, while introducing them to the American experience; to broaden the horizons of its residents and the Greater Philadelphia community through high quality international arts and humanities programs; and to encourage understanding, respect, and cooperation among the people of all nations.
As a hub of international culture, International House Philadelphia presents hundreds of public programs throughout the year to Philadelphia-area residents, fostering a global community by celebrating the world’s cultural diversity and exploring issues from an international perspective. Year after year, we continue our legacy of introducing international art and culture to Philadelphia, while at the same time acclimating our residents to the American way of life. Beyond our well-known film program, we also host over 200 events each year including concerts, art exhibits, seminars, symposiums, receptions, cultural & cuisine events, and more.
An independent 501(c)3 organization, International House is located in the heart of University City, adjacent to the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University, which together enroll two-thirds of all international students studying in Philadelphia. With an extensive alumni network of thousands and philanthropic support from individuals, corporate partners, and foundations, International House continues to be the premiere presenter of international education, arts, and cultural events in Philadelphia.
For additional information about dedicating a scholarship, which may be named for an individual, group or business, please contact Tanya Steinberg, President and CEO of International House Philadelphia at 215-895-6527 or Tanya@ihphilly.org