This section of the Speedwell Foundation AFS Study Abroad Scholarship website provides information related to the programs, including blog posts by current and recent students, upcoming AFS events and webminars, interviews with current and alumni Speedwell scholars and related links.  If you see a link or resource you think should be added, please contact us.


Alison Savage at the 2014 Picnic

Alison Savage was awarded the first Speedwell AFS Study Abroad Scholarship and visited Iceland in 2007. She spoke at the Speedwell AFS Scholarship Picnic on August 4, 2014, thanking Jenny Messner for all the scholarships and addressing students about to start their year abroad.

Jenny Messner Remarks

Jenny Messner shares about starting the Speedwell AFS Scholarships in the face of 9-11 and how valuable the experience has proven for students.

Emily Sausman Interview

Emily Sausman visited Germany in 2013-2014. In addition to language, she talks about her interest in different cultures and becoming more culturally aware.

Event Photos

Latest Blog Posts

Blog posts syndicated from Speedwell AFS Scholars who are currently studying abroad.


July 7, 2017
janae taft

      Well, this is it. The day is almost here. In just a few hours, I will say goodbye to my family and best friends in order to return to my family and friends. For the past 309 days, I've had the honor of being an exchange student. During that time period, I've stumbled through my second language every day until I came to master it. I've come to know and appreciate a way of living that in some ways is so very different from my own...and that of my native country's. People from all around the world came to hold a very dear place in my heart in such a short amount of time.

My Last Moments Living My Dream

July 3, 2017
janae taft

        A childhood dream: to live something completely different than what I was used to, to see new places, to speak a new language. That's all it took to send me far away from almost everything and everyone I knew on August 31st, 2016.

What NOT to Say When I Get Back

June 23, 2017
janae taft

      As I put my finishing touches on my French fluency exams and I can literally put all of the days I have left on a single page in Microsoft Word when making a calendar for my last month (not even) in France, my mind suddenly comes to the realization that it tries so often to ignore...again: Wow, there isn't much time left. My mind can't help but wander to the US every once in a while. I can only imagine how popular I will be when I get back, with people bombarding me to ask what I did during my year abroad, how the flight back was, and all in between.