skip to primary navigation skip to content

Larry Adams International Experience Award

Larry Adams International Experience Award

The Larry Adams International Experience Award is presented annually by The Center for International Studies to undergraduate study-abroad students who exhibit global citizenship following their time abroad by engaging in a significant project or activity that exemplifies internationalization. The award is named in honor of Dr. Larry Adams, whose vision and leadership inspired the university to embed internationalization at the core of its mission.

The first recipient (2014) of the Larry Adams Award was Zack Siegert who studied a semester in Seville followed by a summer in Kigali. Zack was a leader in establishing the Rwanda Student Organization and implementing TCU’s 20th Commemoration of the Rwanda Genocide.

The 2015 recipient was Sydney DeSpain who studied abroad in Ghana and led a book drive upon her return for the children at the Missahoe Children’s Home in Kpando, Ghana.

The 2016 winner is Madeleine Bailey, who studied human trafficking in India last summer and returned to TCU to form a chapter of International Justice Mission. Her efforts have raised more than $20,000 for local and international charities fighting human trafficking.

How to Apply

The call for nominations will go out each January and winners will be announced in April. Candidates may be nominated by TCU faculty/staff or may nominate themselves. The application is available here: Larry Adams International Experience Award Nomination.  Additional information may be obtained by contacting Susan Layne ( in the Center for International Studies.

Criteria and Awards

A faculty panel will review submissions to select the winner(s), taking into consideration the significance of the project or activity, its impact, and its long-term sustainability. Winners receive a monetary award and are recognized on a plaque in the Center for International Studies.