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. GEO is committed to eliminating financial barriers for students and diversifying participation in study abroad at Mason. Designed to aid in building and sustaining an inclusive community at Mason, this scholarship is intended to encourage underrepresented students to study abroad by easing financial burdens, and to increase participation of diverse viewpoints in study abroad programs to enhance the quality of the intellectual environment for all Mason students and faculty.
For purposes of this scholarship, diversity may include (but not be limited to) cultural, gender, sexual orientation, disability, age, first-generation college students, military, and ethnic or racial identities that contribute to diversity of the student body. Students who have demonstrated the ability and motivation to overcome disadvantages, discrimination, barriers to academic success, and/or atypical life experiences will receive strong consideration. This list is not meant to be exhaustive.
In order to apply for this scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria:
- U. S. citizen, permanent resident, or DACA student
- Be a degree-seeking Mason student (undergraduate or graduate) at time of application
- Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 at time of application
- Active application to a Global Education Office (GEO) program by scholarship application deadline
To be considered for this scholarship, applicants must complete the Questionnaire for GEO Scholarships
. In completing the Questionnaire, applicants must address the following information:
Scholarship applicants must also have an active program application before they will be considered for the scholarship.
- Financial need including any financial circumstances they would like to share with the scholarship committee
- First-generation college student status if applicable
- Diverse background
- Life challenges and barriers and how they have been faced and overcome
Recipients will be selected twice per year:
- Cycle 1 (WT/SB/SP) – Applicants for winter, spring break, and spring semester programs
- Cycle 2 (SM/FL/AY) – Applicants for summer, fall semester, and academic year programs
Scholarships are awarded to students to assist with their travel and other related expenses. Amounts will vary, and typical awards range from $400 to $1,200 depending on location and duration of the program and are subject to availability of funds.
Each application 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.
The Committee looks for applicants who:
- Demonstrate financial need
- Have never studied abroad
- Are first-generation college students (neither parent earned a bachelor’s degree)
- Have demonstrated ability and motivation to address disadvantages or discrimination
- Have overcome barriers to academic success or life experiences that may contribute to an atypical or unique perspective
- May be persons with disabilities or veterans
- Have the motivation and potential to make a positive contribution to the University
Recipients will be selected based on the quality of their responses to the application Questionnaire.
Recipients and non-recipients will be notified about the scholarship award decision prior to final exams.
Disbursement and Use of Funds
Recipients must sign and comply with GEO’s Scholarship Terms and Conditions. Once students sign the Terms and Conditions, scholarship awards are processed. Funds are posted to Mason student accounts and become available for the program term according to financial aid rules and regulations.
If a student cancels participation in the program prior to departure, scholarship funds will not be posted to the student’s account or, if posted, will be removed and the award cancelled. If the program is cancelled, scholarship funds posted to the student’s account will be removed and the award cancelled. In the event that a student withdraws from and fails to complete the study abroad program, the student will be required to return the scholarship in full to the Global Education Office.
GEO’s Scholarship Policies and Requirements
Students are invited to apply for all of the Global Education Office (GEO) scholarships for which they are eligible. The Global Education Office (GEO) is committed to assisting as many students as possible. Therefore, preference will be given to students with financial need and/or who have not received previous funding from the Global Education Office (GEO).
During or upon return from the study abroad program, GEO scholarship recipients are required to provide the following:
- Submit one High-Quality video (raw version) or photo representing their time and experiences abroad during their stay and/or no later than 30 days after their return; AND
- Participate in one GEO activity determined in consultation with GEO staff. 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, or another activity of the student’s choice.
For questions or additional information, please contact GEO Staff at firstname.lastname@example.org