Support The Program: UGA at Oxford Annual Campaign 2013

Oxford-Annual-Campaign-2013-Layout-Size 07If you are reading this message, then perhaps you are one among an important group of friends and alumni of the UGA at Oxford Program. If you, or your child, have been on the Program, then you also know exactly what opportunities it provides for the UGA community. Without saying a word, UGA at Oxford alumni are our best advertisements, returning to Athens and their “normal” lives with an increased sense of self-confidence, a heightened dedication to their studies, and a greater belief in their own abilities. You needn't take our word for it, either; click on the video link at right to hear from the students themselves.

This emphasis on personal accountability, commitment, and a genuine belief in the ability of each and every student at UGA to exceed the expectations of some of the most demanding faculty in the world at the oldest English-language University in the world is our most basic tenet. No less genuine, however, is our absolute commitment to afford this opportunity to many, many others for years to come.

Whether through scholarship endowments or general support, your donations and pledges to the UGA at Oxford Program can demonstrate your commitment to join us in that cause. For the first time in our history, the Program has launched an annual campaign initiative. Considering the strong testimonial statements from students like these (please view the videos at right), stories from some of our more recent program participants, and your own hopefully unforgettable time with us, we hope you will be inspired to support others in this endeavor, no matter what the amount.

Won’t you join other UGA at Oxford alumni and friends in furthering our engagement with the University and expanding the opportunities that we can provide to students all over our State?

For more information and giving options, please considere the giving options below, and know that we cannot thank you enough for your support!

Articles in Support Oxford Category

  • Help The UGA at Oxford Program
  • Testimonials
  • About Support The Program Location

The Friends of Oxford campaign was established to provide all those who may wish to help support the Program throughout the year. While the fund is designated for general use, it is most often utilized in recruitment, alumni activities, and other events designed to help raise the profile of the Program within a variety of communities at UGA and throughout the US. Monies from this fund will help with the development of curriculum and therefore will help expand the already broad reach of the UGA at Oxford Program into schools and colleges here at UGA that we do not yet serve.


The Ploughman Endowed Scholarship Fund named for a character in Chaucer's The Canterbury Taleswas established in 1999 by Ken and Andrea Parris, who wanted to give students who would otherwise not be able to study abroad the opportunity to do so. The first Ploughman Scholarship was awarded in 2000. Neither of the Parrises participated in UGA at Oxford as students at the University of Georgia, but Ken Parris became acquainted with Dr. Shaw in the early eighties when he enrolled in her class on Chaucer. At that time, he was particularly impressed with Chaucer's ploughman, an ideal, hard-working, Christian character. Preference for awards is given to well-qualified first generation college students from the State of Georgia or the South-Eastern United States. All well-qualified English and humanities majors are, however, encouraged to apply for the scholarship.


The Judith D. Shaw Endowed Scholarship Fund was established on January 7, 2005. The purpose of the Fund is to provide need-based scholarships through the Office of International Affairs for an academically-gifted student from the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, the Terry College of Business, the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, or the School of Public and International Affairs, who would not be able to study in Oxford without financial assistance. Financial need will be determined by the Office of Student Financial Aid.


For more information on other ways to contribute to the ongoing success of the UGA at Oxford Program, please feel free to contact us in the main office:
326A Park Hall
Athens, GA 30602
phone: 706.542.2244
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  • Reading and writing. Croquet and bocce ball. Punting and busing. Blenheim Palace and Windsor Castle. A lot of things in Oxford came in pairs. We became locals in town, studying in the libraries, dining at formal dinners, punting on the Thames, even watching the Eights, the annual crew races among colleges. Above all, the best memories will always be the bonds and fellowship we had living in the same house; fighting over the food resources; watching movies in the common rooms; late nights in the library; excursions to Bath, Windsor, Ireland, Normandy, and London; and going out on the town. To an adventurous month in England, cheers! – Phillip Mote (Maymester ‘08)


  • The rigorous academic work and the high expectations at Oxford have fully prepared me for any challenging classes in the future. I have learned more than I could ever have imagined coming into this program, and I am so grateful for the chance to take classes outside of my normal program of study. Traveling to England gave me further opportunities to explore the world; I have stood among the monoliths of Stonehenge, navigated the streets of London, and even experienced a day of Irish culture in Dublin. Coming to Oxford with a group of my closest friends was a trip I will remember for the rest of my life. – Claire Underwood (Maymester ‘08)


  • Going to Oxford straight out of my first year of college was an invigorating experience that pushed me to new heights academically. Now, I feel like I can accomplish anything! Also, being in England with all the amazing people I’ve gotten to know this past year has been so much fun. – Sheena Zhang (Maymester ‘08)


  • I definitely got the Oxford experience, which changed my perspective on reading and, in general, helped me to develop a more cohesive world view. – John Marshall (Maymester ‘08) 


  • When people ask me about Oxford, I honestly have a hard time knowing where to begin or what to say. I usually find myself praising the city itself for its beauty, or espousing the excellent education and affirming the many opportunities to travel. But somehow, I always feel that the efficacy of my memories gets lost in translation. Ultimately, there are only a handful of people who really know what it's like to be there-the smells, the emotions, the intangibles-things you can't get from a picture. These people are either abroad with you or students from a previous program. Ultimately, the only way to experience all the amazing things about Oxford is to go!
    --Leanne Wieland (Spring 2006)


  • Oxford showed me that I could go and be on my own, away from everything and everyone I had ever known and succeed and learn lessons upon lessons about myself and the world.
    -- Lindsey Powell (Spring 2004)


  • Oxford made me love to learn for once I wasn't just cramming for the test; I was really formulating coherent, intelligent opinions I could defend against the Dons and loving it.
    - Joanna Frazier (Spring 2004)


  • Not only do you take insightful and interesting classes, but you also get to see much of what you're learning happen right in front of you. If you're studying History, it's in Oxford. If you're studying Economics, Biology, Literature; it's all happening in Oxford.
    - Patrick Linton (Fall 2004)


  • In addition to being challenged in the classroom, you also have the opportunity to push your own limits by traveling the UK and the rest of Europe!
    - Patrick Linton (Fall 2004)


  • It was truly the time of my life! My time at Oxford will never be forgotten because I not only studied at Oxford, but I visited the Netherlands, France, Scotland and Ireland.
    - Leigh A. Foisey (Grady Summer 2004)


  • I have wanted to study abroad for a very long time, and I was worried that it would not live up to my expectations, but in fact, it has surpassed them in every respect. Oxford is a wonderful place to call home, and I shall miss it very much.
    - Jacquelyn Gillette (Spring 2006)


  • The academic quality is amazing. The Oxford system teaches study skills and independence to a degree that is difficult to attain in any other way.


  • Oxford has an amazing mix of people with different ideas and backgrounds. You learn just by being here.


  • The UGA at Oxford experience was intensely academic, but it was one of the best experiences of my life. I have no regrets!


  • UGA at Oxford has been one of the best experiences of my life; it truly was a summer to remember.


  • You'll work harder and learn more than you ever though you could and you'll love every minute of it.
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