Celebrating her 50th Reunion in 2015, Lambert gave $100,000 to establish the Paula Stephens Lambert Travel and Study Abroad Fund, which provides the largest single scholarship to support the study abroad experience at MBU.
A grant of up to $10,000 is awarded to one student each year. Lambert’s support has effectively enabled a series of MBU students to gain international experience who otherwise would not have been able to do so.
Building upon her initial gift, Lambert has recently made an additional $100,000 gift to the scholarship fund. Since the pandemic has paused international experiences this year, Lambert hopes that two students will benefit annually from the fund in future years when it is again safe to travel.
“I really wanted the amount of support for each student to be generous and make a real difference to their education, so they can live and learn the culture wherever they want to go,” she said.
Many MBU students find they are unable to realize their dream of studying internationally due to financial constraints, said Christina Harrison, director of the Spencer Center for Civic and Global Engagement, which coordinates the application process, awarding, and fulfillment of the scholarship.
“The very generous Lambert scholarship is a game-changer for our most academically talented students who have set their sights on adding cross-cultural skills and global knowledge to their undergraduate degree,” Harrison said.