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Syracuse Abroad Announces New $1,000 Merit Scholarships Available for Summer Programs
Syracuse Abroad is offering $1,000 competitive merit-based scholarships to Syracuse University undergraduate students who apply to a summer 2019 study abroad program. Students are encouraged to take advantage of summer study abroad and this new funding source to experience what many other students have already discovered about the significance of learning and living abroad, Syracuse Abroad administrators say.
“An academically rigorous and rich experiential study abroad opportunity through Syracuse University helps students to build their knowledge and experiences, to become globally competent professionals, engaged citizens and leaders,” says Erika Wilkens, associate provost and executive director of Syracuse Abroad. “Study abroad is a signature Syracuse experience, and we want to offer more students that possibility through this new funding.”
Undergraduates must apply for the summer program scholarships by completing an application for a Syracuse Abroad Summer Program through the Orange Abroad web portal by Sunday, Feb. 10. A limited number of the competitive scholarships will be awarded based on academic records and on the review of a personal essay or a personal statement video.
With funding from the University’s $100 million Invest Syracuse initiative, the new Syracuse Abroad Summer Program Merit Scholarship was created to help expand opportunities for students to participate in any of the academic summer abroad programs in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.
Wilkens notes that summer programs offer a chance to study abroad for all students, especially those who may not be able to study abroad for a whole semester. “This is particularly true for students with heavy course loads, specific sequence course requirements, athletes and others who may have never thought about a program abroad before,” she says.
The varied summer abroad programs include “Revolutions, War, and the Prospect for Democracy in the Middle East in Dubai, United Arab Emirates”; “Arts of Spain: Paintings, Architectures, Cities in Madrid, Spain”; “Paris Noir: Literature, Art and Contemporary Life in Diaspora in Paris, France”; “Three Cities Architecture Studio in Asia”; “Experiencing Education in Rural and Urban Settings in Kenya”; and summer sessions in Madrid, Florence, London and Strasbourg, along with several internship programs in the various regions. These and the many other programs can be accessed at this website.
The application criteria for those applying for the merit scholarships are the following:
- undergraduate matriculated Syracuse University student
- GPA of 3.4 or higher
- must have a completed summer application at the time of submission
- essay (up to 500 words) or video essay (up to three minutes or less)
For the essay/video essay, students are asked to consider the following: “Reflect on how you identify yourself, how others identify you and how this impacts your understanding of the world. How do you anticipate that your social identities will influence your experience and your sense of belonging abroad? What challenges and opportunities might you encounter in navigating identity in a foreign country?”
The instructions and the place to upload the essay or video essay are within the application on the Orange Abroad portal at syr-sa.terradotta.com.
A selection committee will review all applicants after the deadline of Sunday, Feb. 10.
For additional information, contact Marie Kulikowsky, Syracuse Abroad assistant director of summer sessions and faculty-led programs, at 315.443.9419 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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