Global Scholars Program

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Mission Statement
The Groton-Dunstable Regional High School Global Scholars seek to empower students to identify their role as citizens of an increasingly global society by exploring and experiencing the world outside of our community.  Our aim is to help create global citizens who understand the importance of tolerance, value the distinctive qualities of other cultures, and are willing to embrace adventure.

Process for becoming a Global Scholar

  • Students can apply for recognition as a Global Scholar in their Junior year.
  • Students must be in good academic standing and have a strong attendance record.
  • Students should model the core values of GDRHS.

Application Requirements

  • We set no specific requirements for students to be accepted as a GD Global Scholar but we will measure each student on their own merit and ability to demonstrate, through their words and actions, why they should be recognized for this honor.

Examples of qualities and actions that would be expected of a global scholar.  

  • Participation in a World Language Program past the two year minimum requirement
  • Participation in other language studies outside of GD
  • Participation in an exchange opportunity.
  • Participation in service opportunities/service trips
  • Enrollment in Service Learning Class
  • Participation in Global Travel opportunities
  • Participation in cultural experiences, domestically or abroad
  • (attends multiple events to expose themselves to other cultures; in school field trip experiences with a variety of speakers, brings those experiences back into the school, classroom, community)
  • Creating an independent experience or internship that focuses on global activities or service related topics.  examples….http://worldslargestlesson.globalgoals.org/#the-goals
  • Participating in book studies, media or arts related to cultural diversity.  examples…https://www.ted.com/talks/ann_morgan_my_year_reading_a_book_from_every_country_in_the_world
  • Take courses at GD related to Global Studies which could include…
        • World History II
        • Public Speaking
        • International Business
        • Current Events
        • Foundations Of Health
        • Economics
        • Sociology
        • International public health/microbiology
        • Global Studies…TBD

Note:  A student does not have to follow a specific path of requirements and may pursue opportunities not listed above.  It is expected that students in this program would participate in a multitude of these opportunities and others not mentioned but not all.

Why would you want to be a Global Scholar?

  • For many reasons that are difficult to quantify.  Being a Global Scholar means that you have interest in how the world works today, you respect and want to learn from other cultures, become proficient in a second language, make positive changes for the future of our planet and society, and many more…
  • Global Scholars will meet monthly to discuss ways in which we can provide global opportunities at GD.  Included in this would be planning international destinations, contributing to exchange programs, bringing in speakers to educate our students, staff and communities on global or historical issues and other opportunities yet to be identified.
  • Global scholars will be recognized at awards ceremonies and will be eligible for scholarship opportunities as Seniors.
  • It identifies you to colleges or employers as someone who thinks on a macro level and that you recognize a need for continued learning.

Global Scholars Application

Applications should be handed into the main office no later than

March 2, 2018

Many students who are Global Scholars are also likely to be interested in travel and service opportunities.  Here are opportunities offered through GDRHS:


Students will be traveling to the following locations this Spring of 2018.
Camp Sunshine:  Casco, Maine https://www.campsunshine.org/

This is a volunteer activity and is currently full.  If this initial venture is a success we hope to make more opportunities to volunteer at Camp Sunshine a reality.

Costa Rica: https://www.eftours.com/educational-tour/costa-rica-language-immersion-tour

Iceland: https://www.eftours.com/educational-tour/iceland

Greece & Italy: https://www.eftours.com/educational-tour/greece-italy


Travel opportunities for the 2018-2019 school year and beyond:  The following trips are open and students can still sign up to participate.

October 2018/February 2019

GAPP German Exchange:  Not only will students have the opportunity to host a students from Germany in October, they will then travel to Pfungstadt, Germany via Munich in February!  This is an incredible experience.  

November 2018

Give Kids the World Village:  Kissimmee, Florida.  This opportunity is open to all students who will be 16 years or older as of November 2018.  As a group we will be volunteering at one of the most amazing places on earth, Give Kids The World Village.  This non-profit resort hosts children who suffer from life-threatening illness and their families at no cost.  They can stay at the village and enjoy all of the fun it has to offer and from the village they can visit all of the Orlando attractions.  This is all possible through volunteers like us. http://www.gktw.org/

See Mr. Woodlock, Mrs. McManus or Mrs. Desmond for more information.

February 2019

Curtain Time: England 2019 See Mrs. Olson for details

April 2019

Language and Culture Immersion: Spain 2019: See Ms Penchansky for details

Summer 2019

WWII and the Western Front:  See Mr. McLellan for details 

Past Travel Photos