Je’Rel Smith, a junior at Winston-Salem State University (WSSU), is one step closer to his dream: a spring break trip to Brazil.
Smith, a mass communications and marketing major from Lexington, benefited from a program from the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE), which provided U.S. passport applications fees for 100 WSSU students.
“Passports are expensive. Many students just can’t afford it,” Smith says.
Checks to cover the cost of passport applications were distributed to students by CIEE as part of its Passport Caravan initiative on Tuesday, Oct. 18. The campus sponsors for the event were the Office of International Programs and the WSSU Passport Acceptance Agency.
“For students to remain competitive in the world today, it’s important for them to have a global perspective. The opportunity to study abroad is an important way for students to gain this perspective,” says Joti Sekhon, director of international programs at WSSU. “Coming up with the money to pay for a U.S. passport can be a barrier for many of our students. We appreciate CIEE’s support for WSSU’s students, helping to remove this initial barrier.”