Michelle Ward

Global Awareness Program & Global Scholars Coordinator
Primary office:
Lippincott Hall
Room 108


Michelle Ward, coordinator for the Global Awareness Program (GAP) and Global Scholars, earned a MA in Journalism from KU and a BA in Journalism from Baylor University. Her main responsibilities include marketing, engaging, retaining, and graduating undergraduate students from the GAP and Global Scholars programs. GAP, a free experiential learning certificate, combines academics, on-campus cultural activities, and international experience to better prepare students to succeed in our interconnected world.

Global Scholars are selected at the beginning of their sophomore year for demonstrated interest in integrating international studies into their undergraduate experiences. In addition to a unique seminar course, Global Scholars work on a research project for the Global Scholars Research Symposium during their senior year. 

Michelle has been in her current position since 2016. Prior to working in this role, she was the events coordinator for KU International Programs and public relations coordinator for the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.  She was not able to study abroad as a student and feels incredibly lucky to work in the field of international education.

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