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College of Humanities & Sciences

Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies

Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies International Experience Scholarship

The Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies International Experiences Scholarship was established in 2007 by the Sledd Family Charitable Fund of the Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia. The purpose of the scholarships is to provide VCU GSWS students with demonstrated financial need the opportunity to study abroad for academic credit as part of either a summer or semester study abroad or other international or global activist experience where academic credit is earned. The experience should be related to the study of women or associated issues and have a direct impact on the recipients’ career goals. Scholarships of up to $5,000 per recipient (depending on length and cost of individual programs) will be awarded for a total of $10,000 per year. Recipients are expected to pay for some portion of their international experience.

  1. Scholarships are limited to VCU GSWS majors (preferred) or minors. Preference will be given to students with 60 completed credit hour including at least 12 completed credit hours in GSWS at the time of application.
  2. Applicants must have at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA at the time of application.
  3. Scholarships are awarded principally on the basis of merit to students who can demonstrate financial need. Proof of financial need can be established by a FAFSA on file but other forms of documentation may be acceptable.
  4. Students who have demonstrated leadership either in the University or the community at large are preferred.
  5. Preference will be given to Study Abroad experiences related to the study of women or associated issues that will have a direct impact on the recipient’s future career goals.
  6. All Study Abroad plans must carry academic credit and be approved (prior to application) and coordinated through the VCU Global Education Office.
  7. Application must include:
    Completed application form and evidence of financial need (information forthcoming)One page proposal including a description of the Study Abroad program, the location, dates, course of study and budget (including your contribution) signed by the Director of VCU Education Abroad.500 word clear and thoughtfully prepared essay detailing your reasons for wanting to study abroad in the program you have selected and what you expect to gain from the experience, personally and academically, particularly as it relates to your immediate and long term career goals. Essays must be typed (word-processed) and double-spaced. Be sure to include your name on each sheet.

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