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Scaling Back a Number Can Change a Life

Selena Huapilla-Perez with the MSUFCU Study Abroad banner


This number alone could have kept elementary education student Selena Huapilla-Perez from a life-changing, career-affirming experience.

Instead, thanks to study abroad endowments, Selena received help to offset the $1,577 cost of plane ticket from Detroit to Los Banos, Philippines. It made the difference in getting her into a five-month teaching experience. She learned that some of the best classrooms are not bound by four walls, and, for the first time, she saw her future as a global educator.

Established in 2003, the MSU Federal Credit Union Study Abroad endowment has provided more than $1.6 million in funding for students participating in education abroad. In 2015-16, the MSUFCU endowment and support from many other donors helped 380 highly qualified students like Selena.

To make a gift to Education Abroad, contact Senior Director of Development Angha Childress at or call (517) 432-7091.