Judy Genshaft and Steven Greenbaum

For more than a decade Judy Genshaft has served with distinction as the President of the University of South Florida. While her love for USF stretches back more than a dozen years, the love she and her husband, Steven Greenbaum, share for travel has been a part of her life much longer.

“Judy really introduced me to the importance of traveling as part of life-long learning,” said Greenbaum. “We’ve always traveled together, and since our boys were young, we’ve made a point of including them so that they could understand the world in a much broader context. Our thinking in making our gift to USF was to share this experience with our university family as well.”

The gift from Genshaft and Greenbaum established the Genshaft/Greenbaum Passport Scholars Fund, providing students throughout the USF System with an opportunity to study abroad for a summer, a semester or even an entire year.

“We strongly believe that international travel is an essential part of a student’s education. When they travel, they learn about other cultures, they gain understanding and the experience opens their eyes and minds to the larger world around them,” said Genshaft.

The first recipients of the Genshaft/Greenbaum scholarships certainly agreed. Thu Can and Chris Smith used the scholarships to study during the summer of 2011 in Costa Rica and Canada, respectively. For the now tri-lingual Can, her immersion in a Spanish-speaking culture cemented her ability to converse in the language.

For Smith, a French major, his summer in Quebec City taught him a self-reliance he didn’t know existed.

“The amazing thing about traveling alone, as I did, is that you gain a new opportunity to examine yourself as a person,” said Smith. “It was an eye-opening experience for me, and one I will always be grateful for and will never forget.”