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"If I had any tips for other students who have yet to take advantage of this opportunity [to take the STAMP test], I would tell them it is definitely worth it! It saves time, money, and lets you focus on classes in your major by fulfilling this language requirement faster."

-Emily (Class of 2019)

Scholarships to Study Abroad

The Department of Modern Languages  offers a number of partial scholarships to enable deserving current majors and minors to study abroad for a summer or longer. These scholarships typically range from $100-$1,000 and are awarded on a competitive basis.

 

Awards at a Glance Deadline How to Apply Used for

William
Ralph Walls Jr.

Fall-Third Friday in October Spring- Third Friday in February

Department of Modern Languages application form and essay Any study abroad option or other approved programs
Finley C. Grise

Fall-Third Friday in October Spring- Third Friday in February

Department of Modern Languages application form and essay Study of any Modern Language Program offered or endorsed by WKU for academic credit, both on and off campus
Henry J.
and
Johnnie Brooks Huey

Third Friday in February

Department of Modern Languages application form and essay Study Abroad

 

William Ralph Walls Jr. International Travel Award

The William Ralph Walls Jr. International Travel Awards are given each fall and spring to support Western students who are planning to pursue a travel or travel/study program or project approved by the department. The award may be used in conjunction with any of Western's current study abroad options or other approved programs. William Ralph Walls Jr., for whom the Travel Award is named, was a respected and admired Associate Professor of French at Western. He was a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received his doctorate in Romance Linguistics at Cornell University. In honor of his memory, his parents and his friends began the Travel Award to help students benefit from the unique educational experience that only foreign travel can provide.

Eligibility:

  • Intention to return to WKU as a full-time student after travel abroad
  • 3.0 GPA overall
  • 3.5 GPA in foreign language study
  • 30 semester hours completed at WKU before the travel
  • 12 hours or equivalent in one language before the study abroad takes place - 6 of which must be at WKU

Application Process:

  1. Students fill out a scholarship application.  The application is located in the Modern Languages Department in FAC 251.
  2. Students submit a one-page, double-spaced, typed essay describing their proposed program and how it relates to their degree objectives.
  3. Students turn in the scholarship application and essay to the Department of Modern Languages in FAC 251 by October 20, 2017 in the fall and February 16, 2018 in the spring.
  4. If applying for both the William Ralph Walls Jr. International Travel Award and the Finley C. Grise Award, only one scholarship application and typewritten essay is required.

 

Finley C. Grise Award

The Finley C. Grise Award may be used toward the costs of study in any modern language program offered or endorsed by Western Kentucky University for academic credit, both on campus and off campus. Finley C. Grise, for whom Grise Hall is named, was a Professor of Latin, Head of the Department of Foreign Languages and for many years Dean of the College. This award honors the excellence that Dr. Grise brought to all his work for the students and faculty of Western.

Eligibility:

  • Majoring in a foreign language
  • 3.0 GPA overall
  • 3.5 GPA in a declared foreign language major
  • Must have completed one year at Western including the semester in which the student is nominated.
  • Must have completed at least one course at the 300 level or above in a prior semester.
  • Preference will be given to advanced students with more than one course at the 300 level or above.

Application Process:

  1. Students fill out a scholarship application.  The application is located in the Modern Languages Department in FAC 251.
  2. Students submit a one-page, double-spaced, typed essay describing their proposed program and how it relates to their degree objectives.
  3. Students turn in the scholarship application and essay to the Department of Modern Languages in FAC 251 by October 20, 2017 in the fall and February 16, 2018 in the spring.
  4. If applying for both the William Ralph Walls Jr. International Travel Award and the Finley C. Grise Award, only one scholarship application and typewritten essay is required.

 

The Henry J and Johnnie Brooks Huey Award

The Henry J and Johnnie Brooks Huey Award is given annually to a Western student who intends to study abroad in the following 12-month period. The scholarship is traditionally awarded in the spring.

Eligibility:

  • Active involvement in a religious body
  • High moral character
  • Use of the award for foreign study and travel
  • Scholastic ability deserving of such recognition
  • Preference will be given to candidates who are or intend to be teachers. The granting of the award is not based on financial need.

Application Process:

  1. Students fill out a scholarship application.  The application is located in the Modern Languages Department in FAC 251.
  2. Students submit a letter of introduction that includes information concerning their religious activities and outlining why this award would be valuable to them.
  3. Students submit a one-page, double-spaced, typed essay describing their proposed program or project and how it relates to their degree objectives.
  4. Students turn in the scholarship application, letter of introduction and essay to the Department of Modern Languages in FAC 251 by February 16, 2018.
  5. If also applying for either the William Ralph Walls Jr. International Travel Award and/or the Finley C. Grise Award, students must submit a separate essay along with the letter of introduction for this Henry J and Johnnie Brooks Huey Award.

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 Last Modified 5/16/17