The President's Award for Study Abroad is a single annual award of $2,500
for study abroad, awarded annually (fall semester) for use by the recipient
during the following two semesters.
consist of eight scholarships of $2,000 each for study abroad: four
awarded during fall semester and four awarded during spring
semester. The scholarship must be used within one
year of award.
The award or scholarship is to be used for an
approved program of foreign language study abroad at
a foreign university or in a study abroad program
sponsored by an American university. The purpose of
the study is to improve Spanish skills.
The recipient of the scholarship must study abroad
for at least one full semester. Preference will be
given to those who enroll in WMU semester-long, sponsored programs.
In the case of students
applying for non-WMU sponsored programs, other
factors being equal, preference will be given to
those who intend to study in a full-year program. The
scholarship may not be used for programs during
summer I or II sessions.
Students must currently be enrolled at WMU and have a
declared major in Spanish. They must have completed
at WMU at least one 3000-level course in Spanish prior
to the semester of application. In addition, they
must complete at least one more 3000-level course at WMU in Spanish by the end of the semester of
To be considered for the Presidents Award, the
applicant must have a minimum overall GPA of 3.00 and
3.75 in a Spanish major. Applicants for the
Presidents Scholarships must have a minimum
overall GPA of 3.00 and 3.50 in a Spanish major.
Applicants who meet the GPA criteria for the
Presidents Award will also be considered for
the Presidents Scholarships.
The applicant must enroll in a study abroad program
whose credits are transferable to WMU and which is
approved by the Spanish study abroad advisor.
Students may receive only one Presidents Award
or Presidents Scholarship for study abroad
during their career at Western Michigan University.
Demonstrated academic achievement in a Spanish major.
Demonstrated overall academic achievement.
A typed essay of approximately 300 words detailing
the applicant's reasons for wishing to study abroad.
Two letters of recommendation from faculty within the
Department of Spanish.
An interview with the Spanish award committee may be
required. Any student selected for interview will be
contacted by the department.
The completed application, including a copy of the Spanish major slip and a current transcript (unofficial copy accepted), should be submitted to the
department office, 410 Sprau Tower, by the deadline.
Results of the competition will be announced by the
Department of Spanish as soon as possible after the
interviews are held. Funds will be made available to
the recipient upon final acceptance into the approved
study abroad program. Any funds accepted by the
student which are not subsequently used for study
abroad in an approved program must be returned to the
Department of Spanish.
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