Editor’s note: The story here is part of a series of 40 stories commemorating USF Sarasota-Manatee’s 40th anniversary this academic year. For more about USFSM’s history, please visit usfsm.edu/anniversary.
USFSM is committed to providing enriching learning experiences and opportunities.
One such opportunity takes form as the Clyde G. Nixon International Business Scholarship, which has funded 14 students’ international travels since 2010. The experiences have ranged from financial accounting trips to Latin America to service learning in Poland, a historical Japanese sojourn and business marketing studies in Belgium, Amsterdam, France, Korea and Spain.
While the journeys vary depending on the student’s major and aspirations, one conclusion remains the same: It’s a life-changing event.
“It was an amazing experience,” Nixon scholar Jennifer Caba said upon returning from Poland, where she took a “Global Leadership through Service” course and worked with the Gliwice Habitat for Humanity. “I enjoyed every second of the trip because I was there to help make a difference at the rehabilitation centers we were working at.”
Before he died in 2007, Clyde G. Nixon, chairman of Sun Hydraulics Corp., was a member of USFSM’s Campus Board and chair of the Community Leadership Council, helping to raise $7.5 million for USFSM’s 2006 move to a new campus.
His innovative approach to global and regional business development was inspired by his frequent trips abroad. That approach and his passion for travel, in turn, inspired friends and family to establish the Nixon scholarship fund in his memory.
His wife, Joan Nixon, loved traveling the globe with her husband and continues to support the fund yearly.
“My husband was a firm believer in international study,” she said. “What it does for students, is broaden their vision. It’s very important, especially in this day and age, to understand other people and experience other cultures.”