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NDSU Study Abroad Scholarship Workshop - Fall 2016

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NDSU Study Abroad Scholarship Workshop - Fall 2016

  1. 1. SCHOLARSHIP WORKSHOP
  2. 2. Workshop Overview • Introduction • Program Considerations • Types of Scholarships  Qualifying  Scholarship Highlights • Applying for Scholarships • Conclusion and Questions
  3. 3. STUDY ABROAD PLANNING What should I think about before looking for scholarships?
  4. 4. Financial Planning • Consider your budget for study abroad • What additional costs will you have? • What kind of savings will you have? • You can use existing financial aid (grants, loans, scholarships)
  5. 5. Example Budget
  6. 6. Program Options • What are your goals and how does that affect your program type/location?
  7. 7. Don’t be limited by language… • Host Language:  Are there places off the beaten path with that language? • English:  English-speaking countries more expensive  Many programs offer courses in English
  8. 8. Program Options • EXCHANGE - Low-cost, immersive, independent, university-based • DIRECT - Popular locations, immersive, independent, university-based • FACULTY-LED - Intense, directed, group, travel-based • AFFILIATE - Pre-packaged, varied, supportive, center-based, pre-arranged excursions
  9. 9. Comparison: Location Regent’s University London NDSU Tuition & Fees: $67 Regent’s Tuition: $11,750 Admin/User Fees: $650 Housing & Meals: $9330 Airfare: $1500 Passport & Visa: $150 Books: $400 Personal Expenses: $3000 Insurance: $153 TOTAL: $27,000 Konkuk University, Korea NDSU Tuition/Fees: $4104 Other Tuition: NA Admin/User Fees: $650 Housing & Meals: $2580 Airfare: $1500 Passport & Visa: $215 Books: $400 Personal Expenses: $1500 Insurance: $153 TOTAL: $11,102 NDSU Tuition for ND Resident used for example. Residency and differential tuition does apply.
  10. 10. Comparison: Program Type Sacred Heart - Affiliate ISA NDSU Tuition & Fees: $67 Program Fee: $15,850 Admin/User Fees: $650 Meals: $1625 Airfare: $1500 Passport & Visa: $523 Books: $400 Personal Expenses: $2000 TOTAL: $22,615 Sacred Heart - Exchange NDSU Tuition/Fees: $4104 Insurance: $153 Admin/User Fees: $650 Housing & Meals: $5,160 Airfare: $1500 Passport & Visa: $523 Books: $400 Personal Expenses: $2000 TOTAL: $14,490 NDSU Tuition for ND Resident used for example. Residency and differential tuition does apply.
  11. 11. Inexpensive Programs: By Type • NDSU Exchange: Denmark, Italy, Japan, Korea, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Sweden, Mexico  If you meet the requirements, we can send you! • ISEP Exchange: Australia, UK, New Zealand, N. Ireland, and all over the world  Competitive application process: GPA, letters of recommendation, academic fit
  12. 12. Inexpensive Programs: By Country • Inexpensive Countries for Semester:  Asia: China, Thailand  Central and South America: Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Peru  Africa: Morocco • Inexpensive Countries for Summer:  ISEP Direct to Taiwan, Costa Rica, Germany, Brazil, Netherlands
  13. 13. NDSU STUDY ABROAD SCHOLARSHIP PAGE www.ndsu.edu/studyabroad/scholarships
  14. 14. SCHOLARSHIP TYPES What do I look for?
  15. 15. Major Scholarships Categories • Academic • Financial Need-Based • Location-Based • Diversity • Area of Study • Program-Based • Scholarship Searches
  16. 16. Qualifications • Is the scholarship specific to…  School or program  Major or topic of study  Location or language  GPA  Financial need  Personal descriptors (diversity, nationality) • If you can apply, do apply!
  17. 17. Academic Scholarships
  18. 18. Academic Scholarships • Based on academic merit • A high GPA is important • A well-written essay and letters of recommendation also important
  19. 19. NDSU John and Susan Wold Scholarship • Eligible students:  Summer, Fall, Year, Spring  Credit-Bearing Program  3.0 GPA • Preference: ND or MN residents • Amount: $1000 • Deadline: October 1 & March 1 NDSU Scholarship
  20. 20. Rotary Scholarship • Eligibility:  undergraduate and graduate students, as well as qualified professionals pursuing vocational studies • Amount: Up to $26,000 • Deadline: Start about 1.5 years in advance • Share culture abroad and upon return Major Scholarship
  21. 21. Financial Need-Based Scholarships
  22. 22. Financial Need-Based Scholarships • Based on financial need • May need to be Pell Grant eligible  A measurement based on FAFSA • May be able to demonstrate need in other ways such as your essay • They may also look at academics, essay, references
  23. 23. NDSU Miles Scholarship • Eligible students:  Financial need based  Fall, Year, Summer (current cycle)  Spring, Summer (future)  Credit-Bearing Program • Amount: Airline Ticket • Deadline: October 1 & March 1 NDSU Scholarship
  24. 24. NDSU James A. Meier Study Abroad Scholarship • Eligible students:  Summer, Fall, Year, Spring  Credit-Bearing Program  2.75 GPA • Preference: Financial need • Amount: $1000 • Deadline: October 1 & March 1 NDSU Scholarship
  25. 25. NDSU Klai Study Abroad Scholarship • Eligible students:  Summer, Fall, Year,  Credit-Bearing Program  2.75 GPA • Preference: Financial need • Amount: $500 • Deadline: March 1 NDSU Scholarship
  26. 26. Gilman Scholarship • Eligibility:  Pell-Grant Eligible  US Citizen  At least 4 weeks in one country  Any country except Cuba or Travel Warning Country • Amount: Up to $5,000 • Deadline: Oct 4 (spring) • Required to share experiences afterward Major Scholarship
  27. 27. Location-Based Scholarships
  28. 28. Boren Scholarship • Eligibility:  Areas of the world critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented areas  US Citizen • Preference: language, geography, study area • Amount: Up to $20,000 • Deadline: January 15 • Service commitment after graduation Major Scholarship Location-Based Scholarship
  29. 29. Gilman Scholarship – Critical Need Languages • An additional amount up to a total of $8,000 for study of critical need languages • Languages:  Arabic; Chinese; Bahasa Indonesia; Japanese; Korean; Turkic; Persian; Indic; Russian; Swahili  See their website for details on dialects Major Scholarship Area of Study Scholarship
  30. 30. Critical Language Scholarship • Fully-funded group- based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences for seven to ten weeks in the summer  U.S. citizen  Undergraduate, Masters and Ph.D. students • Deadline: November for summer programs Major Scholarship Area of Study Scholarships
  31. 31. NDSU Viterbo Scholarship • Eligible Students:  Art major to study at the Montserrat College of Art/Viterbo, Italy  Summer semester • Amount: $3,500 • Deadline: varies • Contact Michael.J.Strand@ndsu. edu for more information NDSU Scholarship Location-Based Scholarship
  32. 32. German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) • Eligible Students:  Undergraduate students who are studying abroad, doing senior thesis research and/or internships in Germany • Amount: $1000 • Deadline: December 1 Location-Based Scholarship
  33. 33. Bridging Scholarship • Eligible Students:  Study in Japan  Undergraduate students of any major are eligible • Amount: $2500 or $4000 • Deadline: October 10 for spring Location-Based Scholarship
  34. 34. Diversity Scholarships
  35. 35. Defining Diverse • First-generation college student; • low socio-economic status; • an ethnic minority; • younger or older than the average college student; • a student with a disability; • a member of the LGBTQA community; Con’t…
  36. 36. Defining Diverse con’t • a STEM major; • male; • studying outside of Western Europe, Australia, or New Zealand; • or studying a less common language such as Basque or Vietnamese
  37. 37. NDSU Kevin and Jean Melicher Family Scholarship • Eligible students:  Summer & Spring  Credit-Bearing Program  Declared a major or minor in an academic field directly related to healthcare • Amount: $1500 • Deadline: October 1 NDSU Scholarship
  38. 38. Diversity Abroad Overseas Ambassador Scholarship • Eligibility:  Economically disadvantaged students, first-generation, students with disabilities and ethnic and racially diverse students are strongly encouraged to apply.  US Citizen or permanent resident • Amount: $500 • Deadline: May/October Major Scholarship Diversity Scholarship
  39. 39. Program-Based Scholarships
  40. 40. Affiliate Providers • Program providers:  ISEP  AIFS  API  Arcadia University  CEA  IES  ISA • Deadlines: Vary Program-Based Scholarships
  41. 41. Scholarship Searches
  42. 42. Scholarship Search Engines • Study Abroad Funding Directory • StudyAbroad.com • AllAbroad.us • Unigo.com Search for more scholarships
  43. 43. SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS How do I submit the best application possible?
  44. 44. Starting Out • Look through scholarship opportunities  Eligibility requirements  Due dates  Application materials • What do you need to do? What do others need to do?
  45. 45. Early Planning • Ask for letters of recommendation • Order transcripts • Outline your essay
  46. 46. Letters of Recommendation • Think carefully about who to ask • The ideal recommendation writer:  Knows you well  Can write about your academic potential  Would speak highly of you  Will actually submit your recommendation • Be clear: what, where, when • Give the recommender plenty of time
  47. 47. Ordering an Official Transcript • Campus Connection > Self Service > Academic Records > Official Transcript Request
  48. 48. Ordering an Official Transcript • Timing is a combination of delivery method and processing • You cannot order a transcript if you have a past due balance • Can you use an unofficial transcript?
  49. 49. Writing an Essay • Many use similar questions – you can rewrite your own essay to use for many scholarships  Of course, you can’t rewrite someone else’s • Classic essay format: opening, middle, conclusion • Use transitions in your writing • Use concrete examples, interesting stories
  50. 50. Writing an Essay, ctd. • Spelling, grammar, and punctuation matter • Double-spaced, 10- or 12-point font • Write, wait, reread • Have someone else proof your essay  Center for Writers is a great resource
  51. 51. Submitting • 3-7 days before the deadline, make sure that everything is submitted/received  Follow up with references as needed  Did your transcript(s) arrive? • Submitting at the last minute is stressful and could result in a missed deadline
  52. 52. Receiving a Scholarship • How will you receive the scholarship? • When will you receive it? • Financial planning and timing  Early costs: application fees, deposits, airline tickets, passport, visa, etc.  Term costs: tuition, program fees, housing, meals, books, etc.  Does your program start before regular financial aid disbursement?
  53. 53. Follow-Up • Send a thank you to your references  If you received the scholarship, they’d love to know • Send a thank you to the source of the scholarship (if applicable)

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