Tuesday, April 26, 2016

UNO Alumnus Pledges $50,000 for UNO-Innsbruck Summer School Scholarships

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University of New Orleans alumnus William Carl Wagner, and his wife, Catherine, have pledged to donate $50,000 to be used as scholarships for UNO students who participate in the UNO-Innsbruck International Summer School in Innsbruck, Austria. The University’s flagship study abroad program has enrolled more than 10,000 students in its 41-year history. 

The Wagners are longtime supporters of the UNO-Innsbruck program. Carl Wagner participated as an undergraduate student in UNO’s first international program in Munich, Germany in 1974. When the program moved to Innsbruck two years later, its founder, Gordon “Nick” Mueller, hired Wagner as a student worker and subsequently as the program coordinator. In 1992, Wagner became the director of the Division of International Education, and he oversaw the division’s growth from one study abroad program to multiple programs servicing hundreds of students and dozens of faculty members. 

Wagner, who also earned a master’s degree from UNO, retired from the University in 2001 but continued to stay connected to the UNO-Innsbruck Summer School, attending the program as a student for the past five years with his wife, Catherine, serving as the program nurse.

“We would like to help an even greater number of deserving UNO students to experience Innsbruck,” Carl Wagner said. “The program is like a second home to Cathy and me, and it has provided so many fond memories for us. Studying abroad can truly be a life-changing event.”

The first recipient of the scholarship is Ohoyo Taylor, a junior accounting major, who will study in Innsbruck this summer.

“The Innsbruck program offers the classes I need and it fits with my dream of being able to explore and understand other cultures,” Taylor said. “This will enhance my college experience because it will expose me to different aspects of the business world. I am also very interested and excited to participate in the community service project planned during the program. I love to serve and make a difference.”