Study Abroad Center Excellence Award
The Study Abroad Center Excellence Award, offered via the UNI Study Abroad Center, provides financial support toward the costs associated with an approved academic program abroad administered by the UNI Study Abroad Center. The merit-based scholarship is applied directly toward the student's U-bill and will likely affect the amount and type of other aid the student may receive. Questions regarding financial aid must be directed to the UNI Office of Student Financial Aid.
For spring semester programs: The last working day of October.
For winter break programs: October 15
For summer programs: December 30
For fall and academic-year programs: The last working day of March.
NOTE: These items must be submitted via the online scholarship application:
Complete the online questionnaire which includes in it: A Statement of Purpose describing reasons why the particular program fits your personal, academic, and professional goals and how you will benefit from participating. You may share your relevant personal background information that shows off your unique qualities and interests. Briefly discuss your plan to fulfill the service requirements for the scholarship.
As a scholarship recipient you are responsible to fulfill TWO primary requirements, one material requirement and one service requirement.
Material Requirement Options:
Complete a special project in collaboration with the SAC by completing one of the following:
Attend a SAC Digital Storytelling Workshop,
Provide your best 5 photos (at least) from your program abroad. Photos must showcase UNI student(s), with UNI apparel if possible. Photos will be used to advertise your program; therefore, we encourage creative snapshots of your study abroad experience. Photos must be above 500px X 500px. Send photos as an attachment to email@example.com in jpeg or png (not in PowerPoint). Or send by Google Drive or bring to SAC on a flash drive.
Providing a link to your YouTube channel and or vlog that showcases your study abroad program experience.
Providing video clips that showcase study abroad program experience.
Service Requirement Options:
If you are participating in a short-term instructor-led program, volunteer for a minimum of 3 hours at designated Study Abroad events (i.e. International Opportunities Fair, Speed Advising, etc).
If you are participating in a summer school, semester or academic year program, volunteer for a minimum of 4 hours at designated Study Abroad events (i.e. International Opportunities Fair, Speed Advising, etc).
EXCHANGE STUDENTS ONLY: If you are participating on an exchange program you will be a UNI Student Ambassador at the host institution and will be asked to promote UNI at different events.
If you are graduating or Student Teaching outside of the Cedar Valley after your study abroad program, you must contact the Study Abroad Center to arrange an alternative to the service requirement.