10/24/18—Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart in Lake Forest, Illinois, recently received a generous financial gift to its Center for Global Studies that will help the school achieve its goal of providing opportunities for international travel for all of its students. This transformative donation came from Nancy Scott Considine, the mother of seven and grandmother of two Woodlands Academy alumnae.
International travel is woven into the fabric of the Center for Global Studies curriculum. Students can make exchange visits to sister institutions comprising the worldwide network of approximately 150 Sacred Heart schools in 41 countries on six continents. The Global Odyssey program provides every Woodlands student with an international experience, either by traveling to another country or through a special class on campus, in order to spark global curiosity and develop global competence. The program’s launch last year sent students to Sacred Heart schools in Austria, Chile, France, Mexico, Spain, Japan, and Ecuador, where students immersed themselves in cultural education and service.
Woodlands Academy’s Global Scholars program, now in its third year, exposes participants to different cultures, languages, and perspectives through challenging coursework, project-based learning, internships, cultural exchanges, and service.
Considine’s grant will provide need-based financial assistance to students pursuing these opportunities, most notably this year’s Global Odyssey trips to Iceland, Ireland, and Guatemala.
Amy Perlick, Director of the Center for Global Studies, said “The Woodlands Academy Center for Global Studies seeks to engage students with comprehensive curricular, extracurricular, and service opportunities in order to immerse them in a global outlook, equipping them with the skills to act as responsible leaders on issues of global significance.”
Head of School Meg Steele added, “The entire Woodlands community is sincerely and deeply grateful for Mrs. Considine’s generosity, vision, and support…As her own life attests, Mrs. Considine is a strong believer in Sacred Heart education and the values fundamental to Sacred Heart. Her gift will afford more of our students the opportunity to learn meaningful lessons about very different ways of life by witnessing them first-hand.”