Promoting study abroad to low-income students, scholarship and study abroad programs would help break the curb of low employability among lower-class students.
Records show schools with more low-income students have higher dropout rates. In a study done by the International Education Resource Center, though, it was found that among low-income students who go on international exchange programs, the graduation rate rose by up to 20 percent.
Human Resource representatives surveyed by Drake University voiced their preference for students who have gone on exchange over those who have not. Sixty-seven percent of them said they would hire someone with “international perspective” over someone without the experience. This is understandable as the United States expands to a global perspective in the job market.
Scholarships are abundant for students looking into studying abroad, but not many students know of them. The Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship program, in spring 2009 and spring 2010, gave out only three scholarships — not because there was a lack of money, but because few students applied.
By putting out information about scholarships to study abroad, these programs would help low-income students achieve diplomas and a new perspective of the world around them, foundations that would give these students a step up in a world where they feel they can’t succeed due to their financial situation.