World Learning Honors Alvino and Bea Fantini for a Lifetime of Service


CONTACT: Kathryn Schoenberger in Washington DC, 202 464-6979

Washington, DC (April 30, 2014)

World Learning has established a scholarship in honor of Alvino and Bea Fantini, who have a combined 98 years of dedicated service to the organization, and will recognize them at a banquet this summer as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations for the School for International Training (SIT).

“I am so proud and deeply appreciative of the Fantini family for nearly a century of combined service to World Learning,” said president and CEO Donald Steinberg.

The Alvino and Bea Fantini Scholarship will help international students, especially those from underserved populations and the global south, participate in SIT Graduate Institute programs. World Learning now aims to raise more than $100,000 in honor of SIT’s 50th Anniversary, in order to endow this scholarship fund and ensure that the Fantinis’ legacy endures.

Alvino Fantini, now professor emeritus, has been a senior faculty member since SIT’s establishment in 1964 and helped turn the Sandanona estate into the School for International Training. He currently serves as education consultant to the Federation of The Experiment in International Living, as director of the World Learning institutional archives, occasional adjunct faculty and lecturer and an international consultant. Bea Fantini, director of the Language and Culture Department at SIT Graduate Institute, has worked at World Learning since 1966. She has served in various capacities, including as a Spanish teacher, a teacher trainer and a supervisor for both SIT Graduate Institute and SIT Study Abroad. In 2004, she was awarded the World Learning Presidential Medal in recognition of her contributions and commitment to the World Learning mission.

The banquet in honor of Alvino and Bea Fantini will take place August 9 during the SIT 50th Anniversary Celebration Reunion Weekend August 8–10, 2014 at SIT’s Brattleboro campus. Founded in 1964 by Gordon Boyce and Jack Wallace, SIT has transformed the lives of thousands of students through its undergraduate, graduate and professional development programs.

To donate to the Alvino and Bea Fantini Scholarship fund please visit our Donate page..