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  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring, Summer I, Summer II, Summer III
  • Restrictions: USI applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 12/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Program Description:
University of Southern Indiana Diversity Scholarship

The USI Diversity Scholarship for Study Abroad Diversity Scholarship provides awards for undergraduate and graduate students of diverse backgrounds and identities. This scholarship is intended to:
1. Motivate underrepresented students to go abroad by easing the financial barrier
2. Increase representation of diverse viewpoints on study abroad programs 

For the purpose of this scholarship, diversity may include (but is not limited to) cultural, gender, sexual orientation, disability, age, military, ethnic or racial identities that contribute to the diversity of the student body. This scholarship is not need or merit based, and awards are granted on the strength of a student’s essay.
Eligibility Requirements
1. Scholarship recipients must be in good academic standing with a minimum GPA of 2.75 and must demonstrate financial need to be eligible
2. Students from all majors and class standing who will study for a short-term, semester, or year-long program are encouraged to apply 
3. Eligibility Requirements (Continued)
      - Applicants must be enrolled as a degree-seeking undergraduate or graduate student at the University of Southern Indiana at the time of applying.
      - Applicants must be accepted to and participating in a credit-bearing, USI-approved short-term, semester, or year-long study abroad program 

Application Consists of:
1. Application cover sheet with estimate of financial need
2. 2 Essays
      - Essays will be evaluated based on:
          1. How thoroughly you answer the specific questions outlined below
          2. How well written your essay is, in terms of grammar, punctuation and organization 
3. Unofficial Transcript

Due Dates: 
March 9th for Fall and Summer Terms
October 10th for Spring 

      - Essay Question #1
          1. What motivated you to select your particular study abroad program? Address any academic, career, and/or personal goals that were part of your decision, and expand on one or more of them. (350 words maximum)
               • “Academic” goals do not need to be related to your major; we are looking for you to describe how the program coursework and/or components are relevant to your goals.
               • Regardless of what type of goal(s) you are focusing on, explain how your goal(s) enhances intellectual learning.
      - Essay Question #2
          2. Students with diverse backgrounds and identities often have a different undergraduate experience than the wider student body. How has your identity influenced your decision to learn abroad? How do you anticipate your experiences, including barriers you’re working to overcome, will impact and prepare you for your learning abroad program? Be sure to mention the underrepresented group/s to which you belong. (350 words maximum)