Education Abroad Receives New Scholarship for Students From Alumnus Settle

Posted on 4/9/2019 8:54:26 AM

The IUP Office of International Education is thrilled to announce that they have received a generous donation to fund the Global Engagement Scholarship by IUP alumnus Tracy Settle. This annual scholarship will support several students who are participating on an Education Abroad program, with preference given to children, step-children, grandchildren, or step-grandchildren of IUP alumni.  

Tracy Settle and Michele Petrucci

Alumnus donor Tracy Settle with Michele Petrucci, associate vice president for International Education and Global Engagement

Tracy Settle was exposed early in life to international travel opportunities which nourished his appetite for global engagement and international experiences. During high school and college, he traveled with language-focused and musical groups to over eight countries, mixing with local populations, experiencing new cultures, and, most of all, learning more about being a respectful, patriotic American.

Upon completing his studies at IUP in 1980 as an ROTC Distinguished Military Graduate, 2LT Settle headed off to his first permanent military assignment in Kaiserslautern, Germany. His love for the continent, European life, and the desire for continuous international travel and education kept him living and working in Germany for the next 10 years while visiting over 30 different countries across Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.

Returning to the United States in 1991, his travel focus shifted to the Pacific as well as South/Central America and the Caribbean islands for both work and volunteer service projects as a Rotarian.

Concluding his 27-year military career in the DC Capital Region, Colonel Settle spent time leading the National Guard’s unique State Partnership Program, which paired 54 states, territories, and DC with 71 different countries around the globe. Through this assignment, he truly learned the importance of developing grassroots, people-to-people relationships to address and solve complex global challenges across all sectors of society.

Settle believes that by providing international engagement opportunities for IUP students to experience diverse cultures, value systems, and human ecosystems, IUP graduates will be more creative and better educated Americans and, ultimately, become more compassionate world leaders as they pursue their chosen post-academic career paths at home and abroad.