Published: Feb. 2, 2023

Help IAFS Students Study Abroad!

U.S. Ambassador and CU Boulder alumna Mary Ann Casey started the Have a Heart campaign on Valentine’s Day several years ago to fund the Global Grants Endowment Fund. So far, the Have a Heart Campaign has raised more than $70,000! During our only fundraising campaign of the year, will you give this month to support remarkable International Affairs Students from CU Boulder as they solve today's global problems?

  • We have received a $25,000 1:1 matching challenge from the Waddell Family Fund (Brewster Waddell IAFS '84) for the 2023 Have a Heart campaign! Can you help us unlock these funds?
  • If we raise $200,000 by June 30th, the CU Boulder Chancellor's Office will match all pledges of $10,000+. With the Chancellor’s match, you have the option of pledging a gift of $10,000+ now and paying it off up to 5 years. If you are interested in starting a pledge, please reach out to Sarah Meyers (IAFS '17) at

We want to meet you! International Affairs Program Director and Professor Tom Zeiler and Board Chair Alex Becker (IAFS '06) would love to share an update with you on the Program and discuss how you can reconnect with your alma mater. To set up a time, contact Alex any time at or 630-217-2468.

“Have a Heart and make a game-changing investment in the lives of these worthy students.” - Ambassador Casey.

study abroad students in Montserrat, Spain.Why Give to the Global Grant Fund?

Your gift supports current students and has a long term impact on the lives of those who have received a Global Grant Scholarship.

  • Global Grant Recipient Studying Abroad (Spring 2023): Kyrianna (IAFS & HIST, '25) has great stories to share with you from her first month in Barcelona! Read about her luck in getting the "king" during her host family's celebration of Dia de los Tres Reyes and about the architect behind much of Barcelona's unique architecture. Kyrianna hopes to attend law school when she graduates from CU Boulder. 
  • Previous Global Grant RecipientNiamh (IAFS & ECON, '23) studied abroad last summer in Oaxaca, Mexico with the support of a Global Grant Scholarship. She used her time there to conduct field research for her Honors Thesis on migration shelters in Mexico. She will be defending her thesis this Spring 2023 and plans to graduate with honors. 
  • Global Grant CU Boulder AlumStephanie (IAFS & ANTH, '13) received a Global Grant Scholarship to study abroad in Nicaragua in 2011. After graduating from CU Boulder with an International Affairs and Anthropology degree in 2013, Stephanie has been working in Mexico City, Mexico since 2014 and is the Capacity Development Officer for FHI 360 (as of February, 2023).