Supporting World Learning for Decades

Stephen Lowey is part of World Learning’s DNA. From a program participant to a visionary leader, he has been involved in the organization for more than six decades. In 1952, he traveled to France with The Experiment, returning several years later as a group leader. From 1986 to 2000, Lowey served on World Learning’s board of trustees, including three years as board chair. He was then named board chair emeritus, a position he has held for 16 years. World Learning honored his contributions and commitment with The Experiment Citation Award.

This year, Lowey and his wife, New York Congresswoman Nita Lowey, deepened their support for the organization by generously donating $500,000 to establish The Stephen and Nita Lowey SIT Graduate Institute Scholarship Fund. The five-year fund will provide $100,000 in needs-based scholarships to students enrolled in SIT master’s degree programs.

“Through its experiential educational model, SIT Graduate Institute prepares students for careers in international development and teaching,” Lowey says. “They will become leaders meeting global humanitarian challenges and strong forces for good in the world. Nita and I are proud to support them as they join a worldwide network of individuals and organizations promoting responsible citizenship and peace.”

This is not the first time the Loweys have provided funding for students to participate in World Learning programs. In 1995, they created an endowment to provide scholarships for high school students from Westchester County, New York, to participate in Experiment programs. The Experiment now provides more financial aid than any other high school summer abroad program.

The Loweys are also among the founding donors of the Experiment Leadership Institute, a fully-funded program for exceptional young people to develop leadership skills and study public health in India or human rights in South Africa.