Scholarships - Make It Possible!
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. Students who decide to study abroad are strongly encouraged to apply for for our scholarships!
The Berkins Scholarship can be accessed here.
The Foreign Languages and Literatures Department at UMD is fortunate to have four additional scholarship programs to support its students who plan to study abroad. This announcement covers study abroad for Spring 2015, May or Summer 2015 or Fall and/or Spring 2015-16.
A. The Jonathan B. Conant Scholarship is for German Studies students. This scholarship is for declared majors in German Studies, and carries a stipend of $1,000. One person is awarded this scholarship.
B. The Angela Marinelli Scholarship is for declared majors in French and/or Spanish. The Marinelli award carries a stipend of at least $1,500 and requires that a student spend at least six weeks in a country where the language being studied is the native language. One to three people are awarded this scholarship.
D. The Frances A. Knobloch Scholarship is for students of French, German, Russian, Chinese, and/or Spanish. This award carries a stipend of $1,500. This award requires that the language studied during the study abroad trip be the one of the official languages of that host country. One to two people are awarded this scholarship.
E. The Friends of Milan Kovacovic Scholarship is for declared majors/minors in French. This award carries a stipend of $1,000. This award requires that a student spend at least 4 weeks in a French-speaking country. One person is awarded this scholarship.
How to Apply for the Above Scholarships
For all scholarships please include a cover sheet in which you list:
- your name
- your language
- whether you are a major or minor
- the number of credits in the language program at the end of Spring 2015
- whether or not you have financial aid
- email address
- student ID number
The cover sheet is to be followed by a 750-word essay in the language being studied, the purpose of which is to justify the program of study abroad in the applicant’s intellectual development. The essay should explain the applicant’s background, how he or she became a student of the language and its culture, why this is the appropriate time for studying abroad, precisely (as possible) how the time abroad will be spent and what contribution the experience is expected to make towards the applicant’s progress, and finally where the overall program of study is expected to lead in the applicant’s future.
Applications will be judged first on how complete, how convincing, and how detailed the essays are. Are all of the issues cited above actually addressed? Then they will be judged on the quality of the language: both its accuracy and its style.
Applicants may discuss the content with anyone they wish, but may not have the essay or parts or drafts thereof reviewed or adjusted by anyone. The essay is to be the applicant’s own work entirely.
All applications will be considered for all scholarships as appropriate. The Department reserves the right to withhold an award in any year if it deems the applications inadequate.
Deadline: Monday, March 2, 2015, 11:00 a.m., H494