Scholarships - Make It Possible!
For our students, traveling and studying abroad is a necessary component to language learning. Students become immersed in a culture and its daily practices and experiences, and by doing so, they expand both their language skills and their world view. Unfortunately, the cost of going abroad is getting higher each day. Students who decide to study their language in one of its home countries are strongly encouraged to seek out scholarships to help offset the cost of the invaluable experience of going abroad. Below, you will find some information about the various scholarships offered through our department.
- Scholarships to study abroad are available to students. Please check with the International Education Office.
The Berkins Scholarship can be accessed here.
- The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures has five scholarship programs to support its students who plan to study abroad.
- The Jonathan Conant Scholarship is for students of German. This scholarship is for declared majors and minors in German Studies, and carries a stipend of $500. One person is awarded this scholarship. Note: This scholarship has different rules and prompts than the four below scholarships. Those can be accessed here. ***This scholarship has already been awarded in Fall 2013.
- The Angela Marinelli Scholarship is for majors of Spanish and/or French.The Marinelli award carries a stipend of $1500 and requires that a student spend at least six weeks in a country where the language being studied is the native language. One to two people are awarded this scholarship.
- The Frances A. Knobloch Scholarship is for students of Spanish, French, and/or German Studies. The recipient will receive this $1500 award. This award requires that the language studied during the study abroad trip be one of the official languages of that host country.
- The Friends of Milan Kovacovic Scholarship is for students of French. This award carries a stipend of $750 and requires that a student spend at least 4 weeks in a French-speaking country.
How to Apply for the Above Scholarships
Provide (1) a cover sheet, (2) a statement of interest, AND (3) a free-form essay.
1) For all scholarships, please include a cover sheet in which you list:
- your name
- your language
- whether you are a major or a minor
- the number of credits in the language program at the end of Spring 2014
- where you plan to study abroad and for how long
- brief description of the study abroad program you intend to pursue
- whether or not you have financial aid
- email address
- student ID number
The cover sheet is to be followed by two narratives (2 & 3) as indicated below.
2) Respond to the question in the target language in less than 250 words:
- Why are you interested in the language and the culture of the country where you will be studying?
3) Write a free-form essay of less than 500 words in the target language in which you reflect on the question In what way do you envision your study abroad experience will influence your future study or career? The essay, written in the target language, is to be the applicant's own work in its entirety.
Applicants' responses to these questions will be evaluated both for content and style. All applications will be considered for all scholarships as appropriate.
The Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures reserves the right to withhold an award any year if it deems the applications inadequate.