STUDY ABROAD GRANTS
Departmental grants to support student
participation in bona fide study-abroad programs are available to all USA
students majoring in Foreign Languages with a concentration in French, German,
Russian, or Spanish. Subject to availability of funding, grants that help cover
travel and cost-of-living expenses that majors would not normally incur as
full-time residential students at USA will be provided by the Department up to a
maximum of $2000, subject to the availability of funding and the number of
eligible applicants. Check the Study Abroad page for more information on these grants. Other departmental scholarships may supplement this amount.
OTHER SCHOLARSHIPS AND AWARDS
In addition to its grants to aid the study-abroad
experience, the Department has a number of other scholarships,
including the Pol Stock, the Dyess, and each of the
four separate language awards. While these scholarships
and awards may be used to supplement students' travel
grants (from Foundation sources), selections are made
by the Department (with the exception of the Dyess)
first and foremost on the basis of academic merit.
In the application of intent to study abroad students
should also indicate whether or not they are interested
in being considered for any additional awards. You can download the application forms for the scholarships that require one here. Some
or all of the following awards may be split in any
given year. Criteria for these scholarships are as
1-THE PATRICIA LANE DYESS SCHOLARSHIP AWARD
Foreign language students who are in their sophomore or junior year and who have completed a minimum of one and a half years of university-level language study are encouraged to apply. The ideal candidate will have a grade-point average of at least 3.5 in foreign language courses taken at USA, an overall G.P.A. of at least 3.0, and be recommended by an instructor or professor in the Department of Foreign Languages. Preference will be given to Foreign Language majors and minors, as well as students majoring or minoring in academic programs with substantial foreign language components, such as International Studies, teacher certification programs, etc.
Interested students must demonstrate financial need in their application. Confirmation thereof by the Dyess Scholarship Committee will occur before the award is made.
U.S. citizens and permanent residents may apply. The award is a one-time grant to cover tuition and educational expenses at the University of South Alabama, its associated study abroad programs, or at other nationally recognized programs abroad.
Students can apply for the Dyess Scholarship in late Spring of the academic year. Awards are decided at the end of the semester.
2-THE MARGARET POL STOCK AWARD
General preference will be given to an upper-level language student majoring in a Foreign Language (or International Studies) with an overall G.P.A. of at least 3.0 and a demonstrated interest in a second foreign language. If all candidates nominated under this category are of equal merit, preference will be given to the language major.
Second preference will be given to an upper-level language major with an overall G.P.A. of at least 3.0 and a demonstrated interest in the field.
Third preference will be given to an intermediate student majoring in a language with an overall G.P.A. of at least 3.0 and a demonstrated interest in at least one other foreign language.
Fourth preference will be given to an intermediate student majoring in a language with an overall G.P.A. of at least 3.0 and a demonstrated interest in the field.
3-THE ERWIN W.GOESSLING SCHOLARSHIP (GERMAN)
First preference to an upper-level German major; overall G.P.A. of at least 3.0; demonstrated interest in the German language, culture, and literature.
Second preference to an intermediate German major; overall G.P.A. of at least 3.0; demonstrated interest in the German language, culture, and literature.
Third preference to a German minor, overall G.P.A. of at least 3.0.
4-THE ROBERT LAGER SCHOLARSHIP (RUSSIAN)
Preference is given to Russian majors who have displayed outstanding knowledge of the language and culture and have a minimum overall G.P.A. of 3.0 and a G.P.A. of 3.25 in the language.
5-THE GRACIELLA BLANCO SCHOLARSHIP (SPANISH)
This award is given to the Spanish major with the highest G.P.A. in Spanish in courses taken at USA, preferably a Senior or a Junior.
If no Junior or Senior Spanish major qualifies, then the scholarship is awarded to the Spanish minor with the highest G.P.A. in Spanish in courses taken at USA.
In the event of a tie the following considerations are weighed when making the decision:
dedication to Spanish and participation in Spanish-related activities on campus.
plans for the future: i.e., how the student plans to use his or her knowledge of Spanish.
6-THE JACQUELINE QUINN GRAY SCHOLARSHIP
Named in honor of former department Chairman Bernard J. Quinn's mother the Jacqueline Quinn Gray Scholarship gives first preference to an upper-level French major; overall G.P.A. of at least 3.0; demonstrated interest in the French language, culture, and literature.
Second preference to a French minor, overall G.P.A.
of at least 3.0.
7. PASSAU EXCHANGE SCHOLARSHIP
Established in 1986, this scholarship is awarded to
an upper-level German student to study on the USA-Universität
Passau Exchange Program in Germany. The exchange is
open to all full?time South Alabama students with
a cumulative G.P.A. of 2.5 or better, proficiency
in German equivalent to two years of college study,
and U.S. citizenship. Preference given to German major,
though applicants from other fields are eligible.
8. AHEPA SCHOLARSHIP FOR STUDY IN GREECE
Provided by the American Hellenic Educational Progressive
Association, this scholarship is granted to outstanding
students who wish to pursue their study of the Greek
language in Greece.
9. FELICIA COOLEY AWARD
Provided by Spanish alumna Felicia Cooley, this scholarship
is granted to a high-achieving Spanish major who is
completing his/her intermediate level of study. The
scholarship is to be used solely toward study abroad.
10. LESSER-TAUGHT LANGUAGES SCHOLARSHIP AWARD
This scholarship will be awarded to a student in one of the “lesser-taught languages” or Latin in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures. This scholarship is to be used to fund study abroad in the respective language (or, in the case of Latin, study abroad relevant to the study of Latin). The recipient will either have already been accepted into a study abroad program, or be able to demonstrate a concrete commitment to studying abroad.
RELEVENT COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES SCHOLARSHIPS
Students must be enrolled at University of South Alabama in the Spring 2012 semester to apply for any of the scholarships below, and in the Fall 2012 and Spring 2013 semesters, if awarded one or more of the scholarships below, students must enroll in and complete a minimum of 12-15 credit hours each semester (Fall 2012 and Spring 2013).
1. CALDWELL SCHOLARSHIP
The Caldwell Scholarship is given annually to help a
deserving student or students participate in a study abroad program. The award
is open to students with a major in the College of Arts and Sciences, a minimum
GPA of 3.0 overall and 3.0 in foreign language, and at least one year of
language training prior to the study abroad. Preference is given to juniors and
seniors with little or no foreign experience. Students must use the award to
participate in an established study abroad program and prepare a final report
for the Caldwell Board upon their return.