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Lizeth Tamayo ’16 and Dr. Pam Trotter working in the chemistry lab. Some students use Augie Choice for living expenses if they stay on campus for a summer research project.

Augie Choice

Augie Choice guarantees students the opportunity for the kinds of learning that will make them stand out when they start careers or go on to graduate school.

All students may apply for $2,000 to support a qualifying hands-on learning experience of their choice: internship, research or study abroad.

An average of 550 students a year use Augie Choice for international study, research with a professor, or to support a valuable but unpaid internship experience. Augustana has invested $7 million in these high-impact learning experiences in the past decade.

What would you choose?

Here are examples of how Augustana students have put their Augie Choice funds to work:

Study abroad

Kristen Santoro ’16, communication sciences and disorders (CSD) major

“I used my Augie Choice to go to Guatemala during spring break of my junior year. It was an incredibly eye-opening experience, and I learned a lot about child development in developing countries!”

Mineo Yasutake ’16, music education and music performance majors

“I used my Augie Choice to study in Paris for five weeks. I studied music and ex-patriot literature. With this, I was able to study the literature of Fitzgerald and Hemingway in the places they ate, slept and wrote. I also experienced the city authentically.”


Omar Rizvi ’16, religion and pre-medicine majors

“I used my Augie Choice to fund an internship with Trinity Hospital in the Quad Cities working with the Metropolitan Medical Lab.”

Thanh Le ’16, communication studies and psychology majors

“I used my Augie Choice for my time spent in Washington, D.C., during the summer of 2015. I interned with a non-profit organization called Stop Child Abuse Now of Northern Virginia.”

Mike Baugh ’16, political science, accounting and economics majors

“I used Augie Choice to cover living expenses related to my internship with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Peoria, Ill.”


Taylor McGinnis ’16, teaching history major

“I used my Augie Choice to help fund my research project in Costa Rica.”

Jillian Jespersen ’16, biology and pre-medicine

“I used my Augie Choice to participate in a faculty research project with Dr. Larson my junior and senior years!”

Find out more about Augie Choice

Contact Beth Ford at 309-794-8612. Or stop by the CORE office in the Olin Center, third floor.

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