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Scholarship Information and Resources for Undergrads

With so many new faces in advising offices across campus, including some of our own, along with some new resources and programming we’re offering, I wanted to share a bit of information about the Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards (OMSFA). OMSFA supports UW undergraduate students in developing the skills and personal insights necessary to pursue scholarships appropriate to their goals. To do that, we offer workshops on different topics related to searching and applying competitively for scholarships, information sessions providing information about specific scholarship programs, and individual scholarship advising appointments for undergraduates and alumni at any stage, from just getting started to providing feedback on application drafts and scholarship interview prep. We’re also happy to visit classes or events you might be hosting to share scholarship information with students.

Over the summer, we launched a new website with information for students who may be on the scholarship hunt, for faculty and staff who engage with exciting students and are looking to support them, and more!

We also redesigned our scholarship database and search functions to hopefully make it easier for students to use. The database is publically available (no UW NetID required) so prospective students and others in our community are welcome to use it.

Both the website and the scholarship database are works in progress, with much information still to be added, so please do let us know if you are looking for information you can’t find, or if you come across scholarships that you think should be included in our database. We’re happy to build this community resource in ways that best serve all our students! But also recognizing that our scholarship database has its limitations, we’ve collected additional search tools that may provide students with a broader view (also happy to add to this list).

Upcoming sessions to share with students:

—  Curriculum Vitae Writing Workshop, Thursday, 10/20/16, 12:00pm, MGH 171

Develop your undergraduate CV for use in scholarship, fellowship, research opportunities, and graduate school applications! Bring a working draft, such as an existing resume or a list of activities. RSVP at https://expo.uw.edu/expo/rsvp/event/237, though drop-ins are welcome!

Approaching the Personal Statement, Thursday, 10/20/16, 4:30pm, MGH 171

This workshop will offer ideas on how to approach your personal statement writing and practical exercises to get you started. RSVP to attend at https://expo.uw.edu/expo/rsvp/event/621, though drop-ins are welcome!

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Study Abroad: Now Accepting Applications for 2017-18 UW Exchange Programs

UW Study Abroad LogoGreetings from UW Study Abroad!

Are you interested in studying Marine Biology in Australia? How about Asian Studies at the National University of Singapore? Or maybe Humanities at the University of Vienna?

With over 50 exchange programs in 27 countries, UW has numerous overseas opportunities with coursework available in a variety of majors. Most of the exchanges are available as either semester or year-long programs.

Applications for 2017-18 exchange programs are due on January 15 (please note the priority deadline for our Japan exchanges is November 15).

UW has significantly increased the number of funding opportunities, including endowed scholarships, expanded GO! scholarships for STEM students and students planning exchanges in advance, as well as several region-specific scholarships. Visit our scholarships page to learn more. http://www.washington.edu/studyabroad/students/resources/finances/scholarships/

For more information or to begin an application, visit http://www.washington.edu/studyabroad/ or stop by 459 Schmitz Hall for drop-in advising between 10 A.M. and 4 P.M. daily. Alternatively, e-mail us at studyabroad@uw.edu with your questions.

Finally, don’t miss our annual Study Abroad Fair on Tuesday, November 8 from 10 A.M. to 2 P.M. in the HUB North Ballroom!

Funding Events: October Scholarship Workshops

As fall kicks off, we are excited to share our October workshops & events with you and your students.  As usual, we are offering basic information sessions and workshops focused on supporting your students in both connecting to scholarship opportunities and being competitive for them.

New this quarter, we are dedicating one full week to scholarship basics.  October 24-28th is Getting Started with Scholarships Week. You’ll find a flyer detailing our focus week attached to this email and our full calendar, which includes all info sessions and events, on our website.

Without further ado, below is our list of October Workshops!

October Workshops: All workshops in MGH Suite 171.

Date Title Description Time
October 12 Scholarships 101 Introduction to searching and applying to scholarships 4:00 p.m.
October 18 Getting Great Recommendation Letters We’ll talk about letters, how to ask for them and how to follow up. 12:00 p.m.
October 19 Scholarships 201 We’ll discuss scholarship opportunities and timelines for continuing students. 4:00 p.m.
October 20 CV for Scholarships & Applications This workshop-information session hybrid will go through how to write a CV and offer time to work and receive feedback. 12:00 p.m.
October 20 Approaching the Personal Statement This workshop will offer ideas on how to approach your personal statement writing and practical exercises to get you started. 4:30 p.m.
October 24-28th Getting Started with Scholarships Week! Visit our webpage for times and events: http://expd.uw.edu/scholarships/workshops/events/ Check times online
October 26th Why Apply? Meet up Meet former scholarship applicants and advisors to discuss opportunities and tips. 4:00 p.m.

We also meet with students individually to talk through just about any academic application they are working on—please let them know we will happily meet with them to talk about their scholarship applications as well as admissions essays and grant proposals. Thanks for sharing!

Getting Started Flyer 2016

Study Abroad Funding Opportunity: Gilman Scholarship (Applications Due: 10/04/16)

Gilman Scholarship LogoThe Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship application is now open.  This scholarship was created by the US Department of State to increase access to study or internships  abroad for students of high financial need.    To be eligible for this award, students must be receiving a Pell grant as part of their financial aid package at the time they apply.  This scholarship is open to all undergraduate majors.

Award amounts vary but students can receive up to $5,000.  Students planning to begin their study abroad programs between December 15, 2016 and April 15th 2017 should apply by October 4 2016.  This scholarship is one of the most accessible study abroad scholarships out there.   Students must be receiving college credit for their programs but only need to be abroad for a minimum of 28 consecutive days to be eligible.  In addition, the scholarship application does not require letters of recommendation.  More information about this scholarship and selection criteria can be found by clicking on the following link:   http://www.iie.org/programs/gilman-scholarship-program#.V73OHCgrKM8

The Global Opportunities office is here to support students throughout the entire application process.  Students interested in applying or who have additional questions can set up an appointment to meet with me by emailing goglobal@uw.edu.

Study Abroad Funding Opportunities: Global Opportunities Spring Quarter Scholarships & Opportunities

Global Opportunities has a few upcoming deadlines and new opportunities for both you and your students this quarter.

Exciting opportunities for students:

  • For UW undergrads majoring in Social Sciences & Humanities, studying abroad this summer or fall, the Fritz scholarship application is due April 10
  • For Pell or State Need grant Washington state resident undergrads who plan to study abroad this summer or fall the GO! scholarship application is due April 17
  • For Washington state resident students majoring in stem STEM and studying abroad on exchange next school year, the STEMxChange scholarship application is due April 17
  • For Washington state residents who have some financial need and think they may want to study abroad for a semester or academic year on an exchange during their undergraduate time at UW, the Plan2GO scholarship application is due May 15
  • Essay and application support workshops & sessions.  Check online for details.

Exciting opportunities for advisors, staff & faculty:

  • We have new scholarships and that means new and continuing opportunities to serve as selection committee members. This year, we need an additional 10-15 committee members to read and score an average of 16 student applications in a two week period in late April to early May.  We’d love to have a diverse community supporting and selecting these applicants and appreciate you sharing this opportunity with colleagues. If you would like to serve or if you know someone who would, please have them email me at emilys42@uw.edu.

Thank you so much for connecting your students and colleagues with these opportunities!

March/April Scholarship Workshops and Deadlines

Did you know that all 3 UW campuses have dedicated scholarship & fellowship advising offices? All of our offices are hard at work helping students connect with scholarships, supporting them through competitive application processes, and offering workshops and information sessions for students interested in learning about scholarship opportunities from UW, local, national and international organizations.

Attached, please find information about upcoming March/April scholarship deadlines and workshops for undergraduate, graduate, professional students and alumni offered at all three campuses.

Scholarships Update – March & April 2016

Study Abroad Funding Opportunity: Fritz and GO! Scholarships

Applications for GO! & Fritz scholarships are now open! Access both applications online at http://expd.washington.edu/globalopportunities/global-opportunities. There are two opportunities this week for students to learn more about submitting a competitive application and I’ve included details below. Also, students working on the Gilman, GO! or Fritz are invited to drop in at MGH 171 with scholarship questions or for personal statement feedback on Friday the 19th and Friday the 26th from 1-4:30 p.m.

GO! Info Session & App Overview
4:30 p.m.
MGH 171

Fritz Scholarship Overview & App Workshop
4 p.m.
MGH 171

“Writing Fridays” Drop-in for scholarship questions, writing time or personal statement feedback
1-4:30 p.m.