(April 3, 2012)

"Passport Points" helps students experience the world

SHREVEPORT, LA — Centenary recently announced Passport Points, a new rewards program that helps students pay for international educational travel. Students will be able to earn points simply by attending approved cultural events and then turn those points into cash. The program will help all students have the opportunity for educational travel in a foreign country.

India May Module
2011 India May Module

"The experience of travel can give students a greater opportunity to see life from a different perspective while helping them learn in an all encompassing and immersive experience," said Chris Lavan, director of the Office of Global Engagement. "Passport Points will enable students to develop the skill set they need in order to succeed in a globally connected and diverse world."

Students will be able to earn points for attending pre-approved events and programs such as cultural events and convocations. Faculty, staff, and students can apply to offer Passport Points for attendance at their events.

Students will be able to earn up to 500 Passport Points each semester up to a cumulative total of 2,000. Upon redemption, the points will be matched dollar for dollar and the funds applied toward the costs of approved international education travel. Such opportunities include May Modules with destinations outside the continental United States, Centenary Exchange Partnerships, and Summer Program Study Abroad.

"The College is committed to the value that international travel adds to the educational experience, and this program makes international travel more accessible for all students," said Reverend Betsy Eaves, chaplain and vice president for student development. "This exciting initiative will certainly enhance the Centenary experience."

All students will be able to begin earning Passport Points in the Fall 2012 semester, and those attending Centenary for at least one academic year will be eligible to redeem their points. The program is coordinated by the Office of Global Engagement and the Passport Points Committee.