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.
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 follows.
Beginning academic year 2015-16, students must apply for the scholarships that require the submission of an application online here.
Please note that only two of the Department Scholarships, the Patricia Lane Dyess
Award and the Margaret Pol Stock require the submission of an application.
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 GRACIELA 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 Modern and Classical Languages. 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 and Spring ). Beginning academic year 2015-16, students must apply for the scholarships that require the submission of an application online here.
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.
2. THE ALBERT SCHWEITZER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Up to $2,500 will be awarded annually to a student with an Arts and Sciences major
who has exemplified the humanitarian ideals of Albert Schweitzer through community
service to the underserved. Sophomores, juniors and seniors are eligible for this
scholarship. Persons who received the award previously will be eligible to reapply,
but eligibility will be based solely on the aforementioned criteria and should in
no way be considered as a factor in determining eligibility. An original essay (1,000
word limit) addressing the following points: 1) Description of goals,
2) Description of accomplishments, and 3) Description of what has been learned from community service work.
3. EARL P. ANDREWS SCHOLARSHIP
Requires (3) Three letters of recommendation
Donated by the mother of Earl P. Andrews, this scholarship is dedicated to aiding disadvantaged students majoring in Arts and Sciences. Sophomores, juniors and seniors are eligible for this scholarship, awarded for the first time in fall 2001. It will provide assistance in the amount of $1,000 per year to the individual(s) chosen. Students must reapply each spring. An original essay (1,000 word limit) addressing the following points: 1) The obstacles you are currently facing in the pursuit of your education, 2) Description of accomplishments to date, 3) Your goals regarding higher education, career planning and aspirations.
4. FREDERICK PALMER WHIDDON LIBERAL ARTS SCHOLARSHIP
At least one scholarship of up to $3,000 is available to students enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences as a degree seeking student. Criteria for award of the scholarships shall include demonstrated leadership abilities and other commensurate abilities. An original essay (1,000 word limit) addressing the following points: 1) Importance of leadership qualities to your goals, 2) Description of accomplishments to date, 3) Your goals regarding higher education, career planning and aspirations.