Honors Travel Abroad Grant (HTAG)
Honors Travel Abroad Grants (HTAG) support honors scholars' intellectual development by encouraging and financially supporting participation in study abroad programs. Eligible study abroad programs include any program in another country in which scholars earn academic credit.
How are HTAGs chosen for funding?
The Honors Development Board will review each HTAG application to determine funding according to the following criteria: 1) length of the program, 2) financial need, 3) connection with MHC priorities (research, internship, language acquisition, authentic engagement with the host community), 4) the strength of the essay expressing how this program is related to academic and personal goals and growth, 5) evidence that the applicant has sought other sources of funding, and 6) available funds.
How much money can I receive from an HTAG?
The maximum amount awarded through an HTAG is based on the program duration and number of credit hours to be earned.
Maximum Funding Amounts:
Programs of 3-6 credits: $500
Programs of 7-11 credits: $750
Programs of 12-21 credits: $1000
Programs of 22 or more credits: $2000
Students are encouraged to seek other sources of funding for their study abroad course, such as the WorldTopper Scholarship (sponsored by the Study Abroad Office), their home department and college, Phi Kappa Phi, Golden Key, and Phi Eta Sigma.
How do I apply for an HTAG?
Please type the requested information into the Word document linked below, save a copy on your computer, and then email the document as an attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org by the deadline. (The deadline is posted on the MHC website and is emailed at the beginning of each semester.)
How do I receive my funds?
If your HTAG is approved, you will receive an award letter from the Mahurin Honors College advising you of the amount. The money will be issued as a "scholarship" that will appear in your WKU tuition account prior to the semester of study abroad. If your tuition has already been paid, WKU will issue you a residual check for the balance of money in your tuition account, approximately 2-3 weeks after the start of the semester.
If I receive an HTAG, is anything else required of me?
Yes. By awarding an HTAG, the Mahurin Honors College is investing in a scholar's education with the understanding that the student will graduate from The MHC. Therefore, a student accepting HTAG funds is required to take the following actions.
- Attend a Nationally Competitive Scholarship Workshop conducted by the Office of Scholar Development (OSD).
- Meet with Mahurin Honors College advisor each semester throughout the remainder of the student's enrollment at WKU.
- Successfully complete the honors curriculum.
- Write a thank you to the donors for any private funds received.
Upon acceptance of the HTAG, scholars will sign a contract stating that they understand that the entire sum of the HTAG will be charged back if these requirements are not met. Details of the policy, as well as the signature form, will be provided to scholars prior to receiving any funding.
Assistant Director for Academics