USF World News

Students Awarded 71 Scholarships to Study Abroad
May 22, 2012

USF’s office of Education Abroad awarded 71 scholarships to USF students studying abroad this summer. Awarding a total of $57,000, students received individual amounts ranging from $500 to $1,000 that will go toward expenses related to studying abroad.

While the scholarships are awarded to USF students, they aren’t necessarily for USF administered study abroad programs. Education Abroad Director Amanda Maurer said the application process is highly competitive with over 40 people evaluating applications at any given time. Appointing a selection committee from across the USF system, Education Abroad received a total of 300 completed applications.

Apart from lending deserving students a helping hand, the scholarship also demands that students bring back what they experience outside the United States to share with their counterparts. To facilitate this, Education Abroad now requires scholarship recipients to document their experience through the Going Places blog where they can write about their adventures and post photographs and video to give viewers a candid perspective of how studying abroad is a life-changing experience.