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  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring, Winter
  • Restrictions: SJU applicants only
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Program Description:
Saint Joseph's University offers several scholarships from $500 to $1,000 for Saint Joseph's University students studying abroad on SJU faculty-led Study Tours. CIP awards these funds based on financial need and merit to help support SJU undergraduate students study abroad. Awards are made during the fall semester for Study Tours. The award is credited to a student’s program fee. This award is contingent upon students completing the overseas Study Tour. SJU reserves the right to amend or rescind the award.

To be eligible for consideration, you must be an SJU degree-seeking undergraduate student and complete the SJU Study Tour application. Students who have not studied or traveled abroad in the past are strongly encouraged to apply. Scholarships are for only one program of study. Previous award winners are not eligible. Completed scholarship applications must be submitted in full to the Center for International Programs and received by 11:59pm October 15th. A committee will review all applications. All award decisions are final and may not be appealed. 

QUALIFICATIONS

Students must:
  • have a current FAFSA on file with the SJU Financial Aid office.
  • be a full-time undergraduate (12 credits) enrolled in a degree program at SJU at time of application.
  • be participating in a SJU faculty-led Study Tour.
  • have a completed online SJU Study Tour Application for the CIP.
  • meet and maintain the application criteria of SJU.
  • follow all pre-departure requirements post-acceptance.
  • complete the program successfully.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES 

Awards are granted on the basis of merit, need, and the quality of the essay. Students who have not studied or traveled abroad in the past are strongly encouraged to apply. The CIP Grant Committee will be reviewing grant applications on the following categories: 

1. Relevance: Relevance of chosen study abroad program to applicant’s academic program, career goals and/or community service activities. 
2. Preparation: Overall impression of applicant’s level or preparation (linguistic, cultural, personal challenges) of the abroad experience and how they will engage & integrate with abroad experience
3. Grant Essay: Quality of content, grammar and thoughtfulness of overall essay
4. Campus Impact: Impression of applicant’s ability to impact SJU campus as a result of abroad experience upon return
5. GPA & Academic Recognition: High cumulative GPA, in addition to academic awards
6. Financial Need: Overall impression of need including: student statements, family EFC, and previous grants, scholarship & loan packages

 
TIPS
  • Provide detailed, specific responses to the questions that are asked in the scholarship application and that you address the questions. The more detail that you provide, the more information we have to measure the above factors!  This doesn't mean that your essay needs to be extremely long. Rather, be specific with your responses and don’t ignore any of the questions that are asked. Keep in mind that all students applying for scholarships believe that they deserve a scholarship, so you must provide specific reasons.
  • Be sure to explain how your program choice is related to your major, future career or other academic reasons. This explanation does not need to be extremely detailed - usually a few sentences or short paragraph are sufficient. Personal goals can also be included, although goals for recreation and travel are not viewed as highly as academic/career goals. Additionally, if you chose a more expensive program over a less-expensive program in the same country or region, explain why.  
  • Pay attention to spelling, grammar, sentence structure and formatting. Re-read your essay! It is suggested that you have a friend read over your essay to catch mistakes or, better yet, utilize the SJU Writing Center.

ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES

If you are selected to receive a CIP Study Tour Grant, you will be required to submit a scholarship project upon return to SJU. Please note that, once submitted, CIP retains the right to use the materials for whatever we deem fit. 

You must submit one of the following projects to the CIP office within two (2) months of the completion of your study abroad program:

1. A two-page written report answering two of the following questions:
    • What was your greatest personal and/or professional achievement while abroad?
    • What were some challenges you faced abroad and how did you overcome them?
    • What are some skills you acquired while abroad and how might they benefit you back at SJU? When applying for jobs?

2. A PowerPoint presentation with 10 slides outlining unique aspects of the program and your study abroad experience. If including photos, please indicate where they were taken.

3. A 3-5 minute video compilation of highlights from your study abroad experience. This can include photos, video and music, and should also include reflective text (i.e., where the video was taken, how it is meaningful, etc.)

Please note that, once submitted, CIP retains the right to use the materials for whatever we deem fit.

AWARD NOTIFICATION

Late applications will not be accepted or reviewed. The scholarship committee will meet after the application deadlines to review completed grant applications which meet the criteria outlined above. Students will be notified of their status by approximately late November/early December for Study Tours.

*This application cycle will only accept applications for students participating in a Spring 2018 Study Tour.

STUDENT TESTIMONIALS

"With this scholarship, I can now have the study abroad experience I was looking for back when I was just applying to colleges."
-Spring 2014 ENG 465 Study Tour to Singapore student

"Without the assistance from the grant I received, I could not have attended the trip; therefore, this grant has made an intensive study of Cuba possible. I plan on extending what I learn from the Study Tour to the SJU community, as many of my peers have expressed interest in my unique opportunity to visit Cuba."
-Spring 2014 POL 337 Study Tour to Cuba student

"Since the grant will ease the financial aspect of the trip, I can focus on this once in a lifetime opportunity."
-Spring 2014 SPA 356 Study Tour to Spain student


Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2017 10/01/2017 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2018 10/01/2017 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Winter 2018 10/15/2017 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.