CUAbroad Diversity Scholarship
Scholarship Amount: Up to $1,000
Number of Awards: Up to 5 awards per year
- US citizen or permanent resident
- Catholic University undergraduate student enrolled full-time at the time of application
- Planned participation in a semester, summer break, winter break, or academic year Catholic University-run or affiliated education abroad program
- Financial need (as evidenced by current financial aid)
- Member of a group traditionally under-represented in education abroad:
- racial or ethnic minority
- diverse field of study*
- an education abroad destination outside of Europe or Australia/Oceania
- first-generation college student
- student athlete
*For the purposes of this award, "diverse field of study" will follow IIE guidelines and mean one of the following fields: Engineering, Fine or Applied Arts (including Architecture), Health professions, Math/Computer Science, or Physical/Life Sciences.
Dispersal of the award is contingent upon acceptance to a credit-bearing Catholic University-run or affiliated program.
Recipients of Tuition Exchange and Faculty/Staff Tuition Assistance Benefits are not eligible.
Service has always been a key part of the Catholic University mission. If you are awarded a Diversity Scholarship, you will be required to conduct a minimum of two service activities to benefit your host community abroad as well as two activities to help promote international education at Catholic University. These activities must be completed within one semester of returning to Catholic University. This will be a key component of your scholarship application. You will be asked to describe specific ways you intend to “give back” to your hosts on-site and to the Catholic University community upon your return. Some items to consider:
- Briefly outline your proposed activities. How will these activities impact Catholic University or your host community? What are your project goals?
- What is your target population and how will your activities impact this group?
- How will you integrate the impact of your experiences abroad into your project?
- What, if any, campus departments, student organizations, and/or community organizations will you collaborate with? Have you already made contact with these groups?
While abroad, the awardee will keep an online blog with pictures and narratives describing the education abroad experience. Upon return, the awardee will be required to assist the recruiting activities of CUAbroad. As part of these activities, the student may create a personal profile and make presentations on the education abroad experience to an under-represented student population or group. Documentation showing the fulfillment of the service requirement will be required upon return. All submitted materials become property of CUAbroad, and excerpts may be used in any or all CUAbroad electronic and printed publications.