Crowdfunding initiative aims to put passports in more Aggies’ hands

Published on 2/28/2021 6:44:23 PM
Tapping into the power of crowdfunding, Education Abroad has launched a campaign that will help students take the Aggie Spirit anywhere.
 
Part of Texas A&M’s Spirit of Giving program, the goal of the campaign is to make study abroad more accessible and inclusive by providing free passports to students from underrepresented groups, including low-income, first-generation college students, and minority students.
 
“I would have never made it where I am now without my first passport,” said Drew Crawford, campaign leader and Education Abroad advisor. “I’m hoping to motivate more of students to study abroad and give them a transformational – or even career-starting – international experience like I had.
 
“I think a free passport is just the motivation they need.”
 
Texas A&M ranks as the No. 1 public university for students studying abroad. In 2018-19, more than 5,600 Aggies crossed international borders in an effort to expand their intellectual and personal horizons. The cost of obtaining a passport, however, is a deterrent for many students leaving them at a disadvantage as the globalization of the workforce continues to grow.
 
Passports are essential to opening the doors of the world. Education Abroad is a high impact, transformational event. International experiences actively prepare students to be global citizens, immersing them in foreign languages and cultures to foster intercultural knowledge and competence. Participating in education abroad experiences while at Texas A&M allows students to better navigate diverse environments and build a more impressive resume.
 
Each standard passport has a total cost of approximately $160. Support of this campaign will help cover the cost of the fees associated with obtaining a passport, which include:

Photos $15
Execution Fee $35
Passport Book $110
 
Donations directly help more Aggies experience the transformational experience of studying, interning, researching, or volunteering abroad. To learn more and to donate, visit tx.ag/GiveTheWorld