Diversifying Study Abroad Travel Scholarship
The Diversifying Study Abroad Travel Scholarship is a need-based scholarship open to George Mason University students participating in a Global Education Office (GEO) sponsored program. Recipients will be selected twice per year; once for students applying to winter, spring break, and spring semester programs (Scholarship Cycle 1) and once for students applying to summer, academic year, and fall semester programs (Scholarship Cycle 2). Each applicant is carefully evaluated by a scholarship committee comprised of key representatives from the Global Education Office (GEO), the Office of Fellowships, the Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Multicultural Education (ODIME), and the Women and Gender Studies department.
Scholarships will be awarded to students to assist with their travel and other related expenses. Amounts will vary depending on the study abroad location of the applicant’s program:
- Recipients traveling to North or Central America will be awarded a $400 scholarship
- Recipients traveling to South America will be awarded a $800 scholarship
- Recipients traveling to Europe will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship
- Recipients traveling to Asia or the Middle East will be awarded a $1,300 scholarship
- Recipients traveling to Africa or Australia will be awarded a $1,800 scholarship
The Global Education Office (GEO) is committed to eliminating financial barriers students may encounter and increasing and diversifying participation in study abroad at Mason. This includes students who:
- May be first-generation college graduates (neither parent earned a bachelor’s degree)
- Have demonstrated ability and motivation to overcome disadvantage or discrimination
- Have overcome barriers to academic success or life experience that may contribute to an atypical or unique perspective in research and other contributions
- May be persons with disabilities or veterans
- Have the motivation and potential to make a positive contribution to the University
This list is not meant to be exhaustive.
This scholarship aims to aid in building and sustaining an inclusive community at Mason. An inclusive student community is essential to maximally enhance the quality of the intellectual environment for all of our students and faculty.
In order to apply for this scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria:
- U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or DACA student
- Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.25 at the time of application
- Active application to a Global Education Office (GEO) program by the scholarship application deadline
- Be a degree-seeking Mason student (undergraduate or graduate) at the time of application
- Demonstrate financial need
- Preference will be given to students who have never studied abroad before
In order to be considered for this scholarship, applicants must submit short-answer essays as well as a letter of recommendation. Application questions and letter of recommendation requirements are available within the Diversifying Study Abroad Travel Scholarship online application.
- How do you plan to finance your study abroad program cost? Please include any financial circumstances you would like to share with the scholarship committee.
- Describe your background and how you, personally, can contribute to the diversification of study abroad at Mason.
- How has your diverse background contributed to your success in college? How can the skills you have developed in your college career transfer to your time abroad?
- Do you believe your diverse background will have any impact on your time abroad? Why or why not? If so, how would you manage those types of situations?
- Have you studied abroad before? If yes, please indicate which program you participated in, when the program took place, and who administered the program.
Global Education Office (GEO) Scholarship Policy and Requirements
You are invited to apply for all of the Global Education Office (GEO) scholarships for which you qualify. The Global Education Office (GEO) is committed to assisting as many students as possible. Therefore, priority will be given to students who have not received previous funding from the Global Education Office (GEO). In addition, if selected for an award, each applicant will only receive one scholarship per application cycle.
Global Education Office (GEO) scholarship recipients are required to complete a #MasonAbroad Stories interview upon the completion of their program as well as one additional activity. This can include writing a blog post or reflection, sharing photographs, assisting with on-campus events and activities, speaking to future program participants via email, making a video, or another activity of your choice.
If you have any further questions, please contact Kris Crassweller at firstname.lastname@example.org