Gateway Education Abroad Award, Spring 2023 Announcement

Gateway Education Abroad Award, Spring 2023 Announcement


In collaboration with our scholarship fund partner – Fund for Education Abroad, Gateway International Group is pleased to announce the award of Gateway Education Abroad Scholarship for Spring of 2023 to 2 deserving and outstanding recipients.

Gateway International Group marks the award of the Gateway Education Abroad scholarship as a win for the scholars, a celebration of achievement for the Gateway teams, and an expression of appreciation to Gateway clients.

Despite the recent economic crunch attributed to the global crisis, Gateway managed to fund  2 education-abroad scholars. This contribution was made possible through projects, assignments, and engagements undertaken by Gateway International Group on behalf of its clients. In line with our vision of being a Gateway to the next generation of International Education, we instituted a Gateway Pledge which entails a commitment to allocate a percentage of all revenue to support traditionally underrepresented student participation in international learning and engagement. 

These efforts have enabled education abroad access to students of color, first-generation college students, current or former community college students, and those who have never left the states. In addition to this criteria, we intended these scholarships to impact the social mobility of future graduates from Kentucky.

We are pleased to note that, since Gateway’s inception in 2019, the Gateway Education Abroad endeavor has supported 3 scholars, including 2  from Kentucky. After the announcement of the scholarship award, Dr. Anthony Ogden the Kentucky-born Founder & Managing Director of Gateway International Group had this to say “I am delighted on behalf of Gateway international group to partner with FEA to support underrepresented students to study abroad. It is especially important to me as a first-generation college student from Kentucky to support other first-generation college students from Kentucky.  I believe that through international education, students are able to boost their social mobility and through them bring the world to their families and communities. Gateway is honored to support these two students”. Dr. Ogden is keen on international education he began his journey on this subject matter as part of the founding team of Fund for Education Abroad during its onset in 2010. “The Fund for Education Abroad is beyond grateful for Gateway International Group’s dedication to removing barriers to global education. With their commitment to access and inclusion, Gateway signifies to our scholars that they have advocates across the global education sector,” said Angie Schaffer, Executive Director of the Fund for Education Abroad.

Gateway wishes to recognize and appreciate the support towards this key milestone in International Education.

Gateway Education Abroad scholarships recipients 

Malissa Bouakham, University of Kentucky, Japan

Asjion Catlett, Austin Peay State University, Costa Rica 

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Mark Beirn


An experienced global researcher and administrator, Mark Beirn brings a critical approach to risk management, factoring structural racism and identity-based violence into his rubric for supporting equitable global mobility.

Specialization Areas:

– Global Risk Management
– Education Abroad
– Diversity, Equity, Inclusion in International Education
– Health and Safety
– Curriculum Development


Stephen Appiah-Padi​


Stephen Appiah-Padi is an international educator with several years of teaching and administrative experience in both 4 and 2-year HEIs. An experienced global education practitioner-scholar, with a demonstrated history of success in the field.

Dr. Appiah-Padi has a Ph.D. from the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada in Educational Policy & Administration with a specialization in International/Intercultural Education.

At Northwestern College, he provided oversight in the administration of education abroad and international student services. In Lansing, Michigan, he first oversaw diversity and intercultural education at Lansing Community College, and later created the Center for International and Intercultural Education (CIIE) which merged intercultural engagement and international education programs of the institution, and he became its first director. Additionally, Dr. Appiah-Padi taught a course, “Diversity in the American Workplace”, to undergraduate management students of the College. In his current position, he provides leadership and vision in advancing strategic internationalization initiatives, including international partnerships and study abroad programs at Bucknell University.

Dr Appiah-Padi has created and facilitated several workshops for faculty and staff development in higher education and in business organizations. He has presented at several national and international conferences. In NAFSA, among several volunteer leadership positions, he has served as Dean of the Fundamentals of Intercultural Communication Workshop, the Leadership Development Committee member, Chair of the Africa Special Interest Group, and a Fellow of the Global Fellowship Program for mentoring emerging leaders of internationalization in African HEIs. He currently serves as a member of the NAFSA Board of Directors.

Specialization Areas:

– Education Abroad
– International education leadership development
– Intercultural education and engagement
– International partnerships and linkages

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Rosa Almoguera


Dr. Rosa Almoguera has worked as an international educator for over twenty years. She was trained as a Hispanic Philologist at the Universidad Complutense, in Madrid, and did her M.A. at the University of Pennsylvania. Her Ph.D., from Universidad Complutense included a field study and edition of written balladry “Romancero”. During many years Rosa combined teaching and her role as a senior administrator at the Fundación Ortega-Marañón in Toledo, Spain. At the Foundation, Rosa directed and, in many cases created, programs for the University of Minnesota, Notre Dame, Princeton, Ohio State, Arcadia, and the University of Chicago. She has also been a visiting professor at the University of Minnesota, University of Portland, and Interamericana de Puerto Rico.

Beginning in 2016, Rosa works as an international education consultant for both public and private European and US higher education institutions. Rosa has been successful in developing new partnerships and programs, as well as helping improve already existing ones.

Rosa is a member of Forum and NAFSA and has presented with higher education professionals on innovative academic and research programming, STEM in study abroad and Nationalism in Europe. Rosa is currently completing the final Professional Certification from the Forum on Education Abroad.

Specialization Areas:

– Student services
– Education abroad programming
– Institutional partnerships
– Education and training

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