For summer 2003, the IPED Program awarded two Language Immersion Study Awards (LISA) to Ms. Lia Magnaguagno and Ms. Kristine Molnar. Fordham gave funding to both students so they could travel overseas and attend an intensive language immersion program.
Ms. Lia Magnaguagno spent many hours studying Portuguese in very small intensive language classes conducted at the The Dialogo Institute in Salvador, Brazil. An important part of her language studies included living with her host family in Brazil.
Ms. Kristine Molnar recieved intensive instruction in French from the Alliance Francaise in Paris, France. She also found it very valuable to live with a host family in Paris.
Each year up to two IPED students are awarded LISA Scholarships on a competitive basis. Scholarship recipients are able to spend the summer after the completion of their first year of study in an intensive overseas language immersion program that must include a home stay. Foreign language proficiency is frequently required for various career paths.