Mekkla and her husband at Emeral TempleThe International Cultural Service Program (ICSP) is a unique scholarship program in Oregon. ICSP awardees at OSU receive a partial tuition waiver in exchange for 80 hours per year of community service designed to educate people in Corvallis and the surrounding community about other countries and cultures. ICSP students give presentations at schools, community organizations, businesses, religious organizations, university classrooms and much more. Here are updates from some of our ICSP alumni!

Mekkla Tessing Thompson

Mekkla Tessing Thompson graduated from OSU in 2001 with a Masters degree in Public Health. Originally from Thai­land, the scholarship from ICSP helped her complete her educa­tion at OSU. She is currently working for a research company based in Washington D.C., as a project manager for an Avian Influenza study. She travels back to Thailand about three times a year, and also works in the Philippines. She most re­cently returned from a business trip in the Philippines where she worked on Zinc intervention strategies to help young chil­dren. Here she is pictured with her husband at The Temple of the Emerald Buddha in Bang­kok, Thailand.

Samudra Weeratung-Kugel

Samudra Weeratung-Kugel Samudra Weeratunge-Kugel graduated from OSU in 2005 with a Masters of Science degree in Horticulture and minors in both Anthropology and International Development. Originally from Sri Lanka, she is currently pursuing her PhD at North Dakota State University in Fargo, North Dakota. She is also currently working as an International Student Advisor and Designated School Official at the university. She described to us how the ISCP scholarship helped her achieve her goals at OSU; “I was able to study stress free and was involved more as a graduate student because of my scholarship award. Without the ICSP scholarship, there was no way I could have done my graduate studies at OSU. As a graduate international student, you have to pay very high tuition fees, and coming from a third world country it was impossible for me to go to OSU without my scholarship award. I was very lucky to receive this scholarship every semester that I attended OSU. My job today as a student advisor is a direct result from my experience at OSU. My years at OSU were some of the best years in my life. I am proud to be a Beaver forever.”