Clayton State University’s International Student Association (ISA) showed off its “southern hospitality” last week, hosting a number of international students for an event.
The ISA partnered with the Rotary Clubs of Clayton County, Lake Spivey and Henry County, welcoming 60 international students, who are participating in the Georgia Rotary Student Program (GRSP) this year. The event took place in the Clayton State Student Activities Center ballroom and was a meet-and-greet, featuring international students, attending colleges and universities all across Georgia.
“It was a great event for ISA and experience for our members,” says Tony Yaacoub, president of ISA,” It provided some exposure for our newly formed student organization and allowed some of our members to meet international students that are attending other institutions in Georgia.”
Beginning in 1946, GRSP has promoted world peace through understanding by offering scholarships to international students for one year of study in Georgia colleges and universities. Georgia Rotary Clubs sponsor students recommended by a Rotary Club in the student’s home country. The students become adopted members of a Georgia "host family," but live on-campus at the school they attend.
Yaacoub, from Lebanon, is a former Clayton State GRSP student from a few years back, while this year’s GRSP student attending Clayton State is Jennifer England from Wales.
The event host by ISA kicked off a GRSP weekend of activities that were organized by the Clayton County, Lake Spivey and Henry Club Rotary Clubs. After the event at Clayton State, the GRSP students spent a fun-filled weekend at Atlanta Beach and had their own GRSP Idol.