Clyde G. Nixon Business Endowment enables local students to study in foreign countries

This summer, four business students from the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee have been chosen to participate in the USF study abroad program as recipients of the Clyde G. Nixon International Business Endowment.

“Jordanna Gholami, business major; Patricia Ummel, English education major; Corinne Mossman, finance major; and Albert Richard,  English major will each visit a foreign country – including Canada, Italy, and Spain –  for one month to learn about cultural aspects of trade, business and international training.

The students will visit local businesses and make connections with international trade companies in order to improve their business skills.  They will live in dorms with other foreign exchange students during their stay and will receive six credit hours towards their degree programs.

“The Nixon Scholarship has made it possible for me to study abroad, which I wouldn’t have been able to do otherwise,” said Mossman, who will be visiting Quebec, Canada.  “I feel really fortunate to attend a university that cares about international opportunities.”

Before he passed away in 2007, Nixon was the chairman of Sun Hydraulics Corporation, a member of the USF Sarasota-Manatee Campus Board, and chairman of the Community Leadership Council at USF Sarasota-Manatee, helping to raise $7.5 million for the university’s new campus.

Nixon’s innovative approach to global and regional business development inspired USF Sarasota-Manatee to establish the Clyde G. Nixon International Business Endowment at the university.  The endowment provides scholarships to students and graduate research assistants with a financial need to support their International Business Studies at USF Sarasota-Manatee.

“Clyde understood the effect of an educated community on our quality of workforce, companies, and society,” said Arthur Guilford, Regional Chancellor of USF Sarasota-Manatee.  “He understood the importance of global reach and didn’t see boundaries.  It is our hope that Clyde’s values for life and learning will reflect in future generations of student scholars who have accessed higher education by financial support of the Clyde G. Nixon International Business Endowment.”