Penn State Global celebrates and honors global engagement of students, faculty, and staff through several annual awards programs.

Ardeth and Norman Frisbey International Student Awards

This award of $2000 honors and recognizes outstanding contributions to international understanding by graduate/undergraduate international students (holding non-immigrant status) enrolled in full-time resident instruction or its equivalent.


Consideration for this award shall be given to all full-time graduate or undergraduate international students (holding non-immigrant status) enrolled in an academic program at any Penn State campus who have exhibited exemplary contributions furthering international understanding. This could consist of academic, athletic, or other extra-curricular campus activities and/or community involvement in school or civic group programs or service projects. Normally, recipients will have made contributions in more than one area. Please note that international activities should have taken place at Penn State and that students must be enrolled for the current academic year in order to receive the award.

Directions for Submission

Students who are self-nominating must complete this web-form with a brief statement of required qualifications and provide two letters of support from faculty, staff, or a community leader (no peer references).

Nominate a Student
If you are nominating a student, then only the nomination letter is required, and please let the nominee know that we will contact them for more information.

Please note that your application is not complete unless all supporting documentation, including the letter of support, is submitted by the application deadline. The deadline for nominations is January 8, 2024, and the deadline for completed applications is January 16, 2024.


To apply or nominate, please fill out the Frisbey Award Application Form.

Previous Awardees

  • 2022-23
    • Undergraduate: Smit Patel, Penn State Abington
    • Graduate: Ram Neupane, College of Ag Sciences, PhD student studying Plant Pathology and International Agriculture and Development
    • Undergraduate Leadership: Madhura Patil, College of Engineering
    • Graduate Leadership: Camila Gonzales Arango, College of Ag Sciences, PhD student studying Agricultural and Biological Engineering
  • 2019-20
    • Undergraduate: Nakul Grover, College of the Liberal Arts
    • Graduate: Tery Torres-Cruz, College of Agricultural Sciences
    • Undergraduate Leadership: Gerardo Suarez, Penn State Abington
    • Graduate Leadership: Tami-Barrera, College of Agricultural Sciences
  • 2018-19
    • ​Graduate: Ms. Ilse Huerta-Arrendondo and Mr. Miaoquiang Dai
    • Undergraduate: Ms. Noorein Ahmed and Ms. Yana Markedonova
  • 2017-18
    • Leadership: Sidharth Agrawal
    • Graduate: Fariha H. Salman
    • Undergraduate: Peris Wambui Wamoni