Jacklyn Renard will study business at the University of Manchester.

She interns in licensing and synchronization at Sony Music in New York.
She interns in licensing and synchronization at Sony Music in New York.

December 2016 – Drew University’s Jacklyn Renard C’18 earned a scholarship to study abroad at the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom.

Renard, a junior who’s majoring in business studies and minoring in theatre and arts administration, is among a select group of students in the U.S. who received the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. The scholarship, named after a former Congressman from New York, is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Allan Goodman, President and CEO of the Institute of International Education—which runs the study abroad program—said an international education “is one of the best tools for developing mutual understanding and building connections between people from different countries.”

The scholarship will enable Renard to further her career goals by making connections in the U.K. during the spring 2017 semester. Currently, she interns in the licensing and synchronization department of Sony Music in New York. The department pitches songs to films, advertisements and television shows like Orange is the New Black, Bates Motel and Stranger Things.

“As a business major with aspirations to be an artist manager or work in A&R (artists and repertoire) for one of Sony’s record labels, [studying in] England will be amazing exposure to one of the cultures I would experience while traveling for work,” Renard said. She also looks forward to the University of Manchester’s rigorous business program, which she said “suits my needs as a future manager.”

Renard is particularly grateful to Stacy Fisher and Patti McCloskey of Drew’s Center for Global Education, as they recommended her for the Gilman award. “Had it not been for Patti and Stacy, I would have never been able to find this scholarship,” Renard said.

The Center delivers global programs that inspire students to travel, rethink, explore and connect. Its TREC programs take students to destinations like Ireland, South Africa, China, Morocco, Greece and Spain, while also offering opportunities closer to home in cities such as New York and Washington, D.C.