The following information explains the Let the Student Choose Foreign Experience Scholarship and the application process and guidelines. Please read this information before beginning your application.
The Let the Student Choose Foreign Experience Scholarship is funded by the Bruce and Anne Strohm Foreign Experience Scholarship, a gift from Bruce and Anne Strohm to facilitate foreign study and travel for students enrolled in the Gies College of Business at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with a demonstrated financial need. The scholarship reviewers will be looking for dynamic students who, in addition to financial need, exhibit a clear purpose for their study abroad plans, and a deliberate approach toward making the most of their study abroad experience to grow personally and enhance their career plans. Recipients will also be expected to exhibit an enthusiastic willingness to "pay forward" this financial gift by sharing their experiences and encouraging fellow students to pursue their own study abroad plans.
The Let the Student Choose Foreign Experience Scholarship will award up to $5,000 to up to two eligible Gies College of Business students each year. Preference shall be given to underrepresented minority students for one of the two awards.
Each year, at least one Bruce and Anne Strohm Foreign Experience Scholarship will be awarded to a student traveling to Africa.
For full consideration, applicants must meet the following criteria:
1. Applicants must be enrolled in the Gies College of Business at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Freshman are eligible for this scholarship.
2. Applicants must have a demonstrated financial need.
Each recipient will be eligible to receive up to $5,000 for use toward costs associated with a semester or short term Study Abroad program.
For study abroad programs during Winter Break, Spring Break and Spring Semester, the priority application deadline is May 1, and the final application deadline is September 15. For Summer and Fall programs, the deadline is February 15. Applicants will be notified of the decision via email as soon as possible after the deadline. To receive full consideration it is required that you have applied for your desired study abroad program by the deadlines listed above.
The Let the Student Choose Foreign Experience Scholarship is designed to provide financial support for Gies College of Business students with financial need. Students must meet basic criteria sited above. Financial need will be based on the applicant’s financial aid report, and the financial aid essay question in the application. Preference shall be given to underrepresented minority students for one of the two awards.
To Apply: In the on-line application for this scholarship you will be asked to upload a current resume, and an essay declaring, 1) which study abroad program you wish to use this scholarship for, 2) what you hope to gain from your studying abroad experience, 3) a paragraph explaining the basis for your financial need, 4) why you should be selected for this scholarship.