The Jay and Susan DeVoss Endowed Scholarship for International Travel
Established in 2005 with a personal gift and matching funds from Lilly Endowment, Inc., the Jay and Susan DeVoss Endowed Scholarship for International Travel provides income annually for students engaged in a study abroad experience through Franklin College. Jay M. DeVoss '64 was a history major and a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity. Upon graduation from Franklin, he was an official in the administration of Governor Roger D. Branigin '23. Jay graduated from Indiana University School of Law. Prior to his retirement, he was the senior member of DeVoss, Johnson, Baker & Ainsworth of Decatur, Indiana. Susan Johnson DeVoss '65, also a history major at Franklin, retired as Vice President of Human Resources with the Chase Manhattan Bank in New York City in 1997. Most of Susan's career at Chase was spent in its International Department and included a five year assignment and residence in Hong Kong where she was Human Resources Executive for more than 3,000 Chase employees throughout 12 Asian countries. While in college, Susan was active on campus with Delta Delta Delta sorority, the campus radio station, and Student Congress. She spent a semester abroad at the Westerfield College for Women in London. She has been a member of the Board of Trustees since 1997 and chairs the Honorary Degree Committee and is Vice Chair of the Development and Public Affairs Committee. Jay and Susan DeVoss are proponents of international study as well as of travel as a means of gaining a broader understanding of other cultures and encouraging students to become active and responsible members of the global community. They believe that a liberal arts education is the best preparation for career success in a rapidly-changing world. A key component of learning to deal effectively in a global economy is an awareness and appreciation for cultures and customs different from those we find in the United States.
The first preference for awarding this scholarship shall be given, but not limited, to assist students with demonstrated financial need who are interested in a formal study abroad experience at Franklin College. Students who graduated from high schools in Adams, Allen and Johnson counties will be given first preference for this award. The Jay and Susan DeVoss Endowed Scholarship for International Travel should be awarded to a new applicant each year to individuals participating in a semester-long study abroad program, a summer study abroad program, or a Winter Term study abroad program, in that order.