The James Olds and Robin Buckley Scholarship for International Studies
The James Olds and Robin Buckley Scholarship for International Studies offered through the Global Education Office (GEO) is a need- and merit-based scholarship open to George Mason University undergraduate students who are enrolled in Schar School of Policy and Government and are participating in a Global Education Office (GEO)/Schar sponsored semester program. Established through the generous donation of James Olds, Mason’s Professor of Neuroscience and Public Policy, and his wife, Robin Buckley, this scholarship increases the accessibility of study abroad programs for Schar undergrad students, enabling them to gain comparative political experiences globally and network with political leaders, business executives, academics, and practitioners.
In order to apply for this scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Be a degree-seeking Mason student (undergraduate) enrolled in Schar School of Policy and Government at time of application
- Minimum cumulative GPA 2.00 at time of application
- Active application to a Global Education Office (GEO)/Schar 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 wish to share with the scholarship committee
- How the selected study abroad program will enhance their personal, academic, and career goals
- First-generation college student (neither parent earned a bachelor’s degree), if applicable
Recipients will be selected twice per year:
- Scholarship Cycle 1 – Applicants for spring semester programs
- Scholarship Cycle 2 – Applicants for fall semester programs
Scholarships are awarded to students to assist with their travel and other related expenses. Scholarship award is $1,000 per student per term, subject to availability of funds.
Each application is carefully evaluated by the Global Education Office (GEO) Scholarship Committee. The Committee looks for applicants who:
- Demonstrate financial need
- Have a strong academic record
- Have never studied abroad
- Are first-generation college students (neither parent earned a bachelor’s degree)
At the request of the donors, at least half of the awards will be made to women students in any academic year.
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/Schar 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/Schar activity determined in consultation with GEO/Schar 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.
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