The Office of Global Programs celebrates and honors global engagement of students, faculty, and staff through several annual awards programs.

Ardeth and Norman Frisbey International Student Awards

This award 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.

Number and Value of Awards

In 2021, four awards in the amount of $1,500.00 each will be presented: one to an undergraduate international student, one to a graduate international student, and two to outstanding international student leaders (one undergraduate and one graduate).

Nominations open November 2, 2020.

Deadline for nominations is February 1, 2021 (extended from January 20).

Application Process

Students who submit self nominations must complete the webform and include a brief statement of required qualifications and provide two letters of support from either faculty, staff, or community leaders (personal references not accepted).

Please note, if a faculty or staff member is nominating a student, only one letter of support is needed in addition to the nomination letter. Letters of support may be uploaded into the web form or emailed directly to

Applications open November 2, 2020.

Deadline for applications is February 1, 2021 (extended from January 20).


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

Previous Awardees

  • 2019-20
    • Undergraduate: Nakul Grover, College of the Liberal Arts
    • Graduate: Tery Torres-Cruz, College of Agricultural Sciences
    • Leadership
      • Undergraduate: Gerardo Suarez, Penn State Abington
      • Graduate: 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