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Ahoy! Two USF Students Receive Sea|mester Scholarships
January 15, 2014

Sea|mester combines a unique on-board sailing experience with academics, programs range from three weeks to three months and give students the opportunity to take part in all aspects of sailing – navigating, cleaning the vessel, even cooking. Working with USF Education Abroad two USF sophomores, Mandy Good and Jonathon Burroughs, have received more than $21,000 and $16,000 in scholarship funds, respectively, to take part in Sea|mester programs.

USF Education Abroad Director, Amanda Maurer and Mandy Good

Mandy, a Language-Speech-Hearing Science major, is going on the Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia program and will take courses in Marine Biology, Oceanography, Leadership, and Scuba Diving. This is a three month voyage that will start in Phuket, Thailand with ports of call in Malaysia, Maldives, the Sunda Islands and Singapore. When asked what she was most excited about she couldn’t narrow it down, “I am very excited to have the opportunity to leave the country for the first time. I am thrilled to learn how to sail a ship and become a certified scuba diver! I cannot wait to examine the marine life we learn about in the marine biology class firsthand.”

Jonathon is a Health Sciences major and will sail on the British Virgin Islands to Grenada program, an 11 week voyage with ports of call in the British Virgin Islands, Leeward Islands, Windward Islands, Grenada & the Grenadines. “I’m looking forward to the sailing, the scuba diving, the new friends, and the opportunity to grow as an individual, but what I’m most anticipating is learning about water and how life operates within it. Water is universally valued and yet it’s becoming more polluted. I may not be able to solve the problems regarding water, but I want to at least be well educated about them.”

Keep up with Mandy and Jonathon on the Sea|mester blog at