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Education Abroad Scholarships
Danielle Varneson 15 April 2015
Transcript of Education Abroad Scholarships
NUTS & BOLTS
Broaden the student population that studies abroad by supporting undergraduates who might otherwise not participate due to financial constraints.
Must receive a US Federal Pell Grant
4 weeks or more in one country
Applying or accepted to a program
Receiving Academic Credit
US undergraduates in good standing
Length of Program
SPRING: 1st Tues in Oct
SUMMER: 1st Tues in Oct & Mar.
FALL / AY: 1st tues. in Mar.
• Diversity of Participant
• Country and Regional Destination
• Study of a “Critical Need Language”
• Fields of Study
• Academic Performance
• Length of Study
• Previous Study Abroad Experience
SUMMER: up to $3,000
SEMESTER: up to $5,000
LANGUAGE SUPPLEMENT: $3,000
diversity of participant
This includes, but is not limited to, students studying in non-traditional locations, students of diverse ethnic backgrounds,, first-generation college students, students with disabilities, and other personal factors that contribute to the student being non-traditional or under represented in study abroad
You must self-disclose: If
you don’t tell the reviewer,
they don’t know!
One goal of the Gilman Program is to have students study in a diverse array of countries and world regions, particularly those countries outside of Western Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. Must make a strong case if going to more popular locations.
How well does your chosen country of study relate to your academic and future professional goals?
Students studying one of the languages
below are more competitive & are eligible for the Critical Need Language Award:
Arabic; Chinese; Bahasa Indonesia; Japanese; Turkic; Indic; Persian; Korean; Russian & Swahili
No previous experience in the language is necessary
fields of study & academic performance
Gilman encourages participation in a broad range of majors, especially in engineering and the sciences. The reviewer will consider academic performance and progress over time.
There is no minimum GPA
length of study & prior SA experience
Priority given to longer programs but a short length of study is ok if appropriate. Students who have not studied abroad are given priority
Travel abroad does not count against you!
Most important factor in the application. This is your chance to personalize your application. Focus on the quality and feasibility of your essays as well as the potential impact the study abroad experience & Gilman award will have on your goals, future growth and achievement.
WRITE IN PARAGRAPH FORMAT &
COPY/PASTE FROM WORD INTO
THE TEXT BOXES PROVIDED
Statement of Purpose
Spend Time on your essays!
Proofread (Have multiple people read it)
Work with writing center & academic advisor
Tell your story
Describe what makes you unique
Make the academic & career connection clear
Focus on the impact your SA program & Gilman will have on your academic, personal and professional goals
Explain why you choose your specific program & location Don't leave anything open to assumption- say it!
2013 Gilman Facts
Were first-generation college students
Were the first in their family to study abroad
Studied outside of Western Europe
Studied a language, 49% of which were Critical Need Languages
Scholarship applications received annually
Scholarships awarded each year
Would not have been able to study abroad without the scholarship
NAU students have received the Gilman for a total of $95,000 (
Since Fall 2011)
of the NAU students who applied for Gilman received it!
* BE SURE TO UPLOAD YOUR TRANSCRIPT
WELL BEFORE THE DEADLINE
Promote study abroad/ Gilman Scholarship
Have a timeline to be completed within 6 months of return
Make the project unique
Use your existing network and skills
On giving back
On the target audience and how they will be impacted
Feb. & Late April
2,300 Gilman Scholarships will be awarded this academic year. Applicants who are studying a critical need language while abroad will automatically be considered for the Critical Need Language Award. 50 of these awards will be given
Award amount is determined by
length of program and student need.
ASNAU Global Opportunity (GO) Scholarship
The CIE NO Excuses Scholarship
Education Abroad Scholarships
An undergraduate at an accredited U.S. college
Not graduating until after Boren funding period
Planning to study in an eligible world region
Planning to study a foreign language
NUTS & BOLTS
Boren Scholarships provide American undergraduate students with the resources and encouragement they need to acquire skills and experiences in areas of the world critical to the future security of our nation, in exchange for their commitment to seek work in the federal government.
2015-16 Academic Year: Jan 23 (Feb 4)
SEMESTER: up to $10,000
YEAR: up to $20,000
Notification of award
Country and Regional Destination
Fields of Study
Length of Study
Commitment to Government Service
Boren Scholars are interested in studying less commonly taught languages.
fields of study
Boren looks to fund students in fields that are critical to US national security
length of study
Special STEM Initiative:
$3,000 Summer (Min. 8 weeks)
Boren will accept applications for
non-preferred areas where the candidate can make a compelling case that such study can contribute significantly to U.S. national security and the goals of the program.
Boren Scholarships promote long term linguistic and cultural immersion. Preference will be given to undergraduate applicants proposing a full-year academic study.
Preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate a desire to work in the federal government
Commitment to Gov't Service
2 Recommendation Letters
Study Abroad Program Description
Language Proficiency Form (optional)
Online Application Includes
Study Abroad Program Selection
National deadlines are for study
that will begin after June 1, 2015.
Essay #1: National Security/Future Career
• Significance of your study abroad experience (country/region, culture, language) to U.S. national security, broadly defined.
• How country, language, and program will help to achieve future career goals, including the service requirement.
• How skills gained as well as past experiences will help you fulfill the service requirement.
Essay #2: Study Abroad Program Description
• Study abroad program: courses, activities, support services, etc.
• Language component: formal and informal.
• Past experience and future language study plans.
If a Scholar or Fellow does not find a suitable position in one of the priority areas, they can pursue any position within the federal government that contributes to national security.
After making a documented good-faith effort to find a position in the federal government, awardees may pursue positions in education directly related to the NSEP-funded language study or geographical experience.
In exchange for funding, Scholars and Fellows agree to seek employment in one of these priority areas:
NUTS & BOLTS
Financially assist NAU students to go abroad for academic credit. This scholarship is partially funded by the Associated Students of Northern Arizona University (ASNAU), USAC Block Grants, and other funds contributed to and by the Center for International Education.
Spring & Winter: October 15
Spring Break: January 15
Summer: March 15
Academic Year and Fall: April 1
Max award: $1,000
Award amount is determined by merit,
length of program and student need.
Based on a student's academic, artistic, athletic or other abilities, and often factor in an applicant's extracurricular activities and community service record.
Intended for applicants who initially qualify based on factors such as gender, race, religion, family and medical history or other factors
Awarded to students planning to pursue a study abroad program in a particular country. They are awarded as an incentive to study in that country instead of elsewhere.
Offered by individual study abroad programs and/or the colleges and universities where they may be associated to qualified applicants.
Scholarship Hunting Hints
Start Searching Early
Look for All Sorts of Scholarships
Program Selection Affects Your Scholarship Options
• Undergraduate or Graduate Student
• Minimum 2.5 GPA
Open to all students participating in an international program through the CIE
1 essay: Statement of Purpose
Follow-up for ASNAU GO Scholarship:
Each GO recipient student must complete a follow-up project that promotes local sustainability or education abroad programs to NAU students
Award is given through your NAU LOUIE account
Statement of Purpose:
Applicants discuss their:
specific study abroad program
Goals and how these goals connect to their program abroad.
Any challenges students faced in their decision to go abroad.
Follow-up projects need to be completed by the end of the semester following the education abroad program.
Summer-only programs must be eight (8) weeks or more and are limited to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) students.
protecting and promoting American well-being
challenges of global society
global disease & hunger
A Note on National Security
Except for the study of French or Spanish, there are no language prerequisites. The Boren Awards can provide you with the funding necessary to begin your language study overseas.
Agricultural and Food Sciences
Business and Economics
Computer and Information Sciences
Health and Biomedical Science
Sciences and Engineering
Political Science and Policy Studies
1. Boren Awards preferences
2. A clear explanation of the relevance of the applicant’s country, language, and proposed program of study to U.S. national security,
3. Academic record and potential to succeed in the proposed program;
4. A serious commitment to develop and/or advance foreign language competency while overseas and upon return home;
5. Appropriateness, feasibility, and quality of the study abroad plan
evidence of cultural adaptability, flexibility, and maturity required to succeed abroad
Scholarship award recipients will be selected on the basis of merit with consideration for:
Orientation in DC
Boren NAU Representative
Boren holds a broad definition of national security:
All applicants must demonstrate how their study programs and future goals are connected to this broad understanding of national security.
Including but not limited to:
Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Swahili.
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