The fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989-90 marked for many the beginning of the end of the Cold War. Ed Tanguay saw it happen on one of the first-ever study abroad grants from the Honors College. He traveled there to study language acquisition for his thesis, and the trip made him a witness to history, leading to a life-long love of Germany and Germans. He now lives in Berlin with his wife, Gisela, and their daughters, Karla and Hannah. Study abroad can be not only historic; it can be personal, as well.
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Endowed funding from the McCastlain family, Schedler family, and Vail family made possible Ed’s trip as well as the few others in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The practice was formalized in 1993 as the Travel Abroad Grants and Undergraduate Research Grants in Education (TAG/URGE) program by financial support from UCA. Extended to include scholarships for research and creative projects, TAG/URGE has grown since with the infusion of funds from the Sturgis Foundation along with increased support from UCA and private donors. Travel and research funds are awarded competitively to grant applicants, supporting 60-65 Honors scholars each year.