High School to Give Global Scholars Recognition

Fox Chapel Area High School students now have the opportunity to participate in a Global Scholars Program. The high school’s world languages department will be offering the program through the Pennsylvania State Modern Language Association (PSMLA) and the program will recognize students who complete global studies and activities. Students who meet the requirements of the program will receive Global Scholars recognition upon graduation. In order to achieve global scholars recognition, students must meet the following requirements: successful completion of several academic courses, including levels one through four of a world language; participation in at least four extracurricular activities, including world language clubs; completion of at least 20 hours of community service related to world languages; read and review books pertaining to world languages, including one in the student’s target language; completion of a culminating project; and completion of an application.

The PMSLA Global Scholars Program is a new initiative that was piloted during the 2015-2016 school year. The purpose of the PSMLA Global Scholars Program is to provide high school students the opportunity to select interdisciplinary studies and activities, develop global awareness and competency, and to better prepare students for personal and professional success in an increasingly global society.

According to Fox Chapel Area High School German teacher Tanja Koller, this program will offer many benefits to Fox Chapel Area students, including motivating them to seek courses that are global in nature and giving them the opportunity to be honored for their efforts. “We want to recognize our students who are involved in interdisciplinary studies and activities that are global in nature, promote student development of global awareness and competency, and prepare students for professional success in an increasingly global society.” It will also help connect global opportunities to the classroom, as well as connecting the classroom to the real world and improve students’ marketability for postsecondary education and employment, Koller said. “Our department sees this as part of our vision of growth and strengthening connections outside of the classroom.”

According to the PSMLA, “While Global Scholars Programs exist on the university level, there are currently relatively few such programs for high school students.”