PURPOSE AND PURVIEW
The Star of the West Foundation's financial support of this scholarship is intended to encourage study abroad, second language skills and foreign travel to enrich the undergraduate cadet experience and exposure to opportunities in the global economy. The International Summer Scholarship is a one-time grant of up to $7,500.
This grant is intended to support the academic enrichment of cadets whose project proposals present a clear connection between the summer experience and their goals after graduation. Special consideration is accorded to applicants pursuing highly competitive awards for graduate study, such as Fulbright, Marshall, Rhodes, or Truman scholarships. Although preference is given to those who have not received an award, particularly distinguished previous recipients may be awarded a second or third grant. Preference will also be given to students who have not had an international experience. Recipients are required to file a report (and a photo) on their activities and a detailed listing of expenditures with receipts for the Star of the West Board of Directors.
Although formal programs in any field offered by foreign universities are the basis for most applications, independent study projects (see below) and independent travel are also encouraged and funded. In non-English speaking countries, basic language knowledge is required. Programs to enhance language skills through courses beyond the 200-level are encouraged. Award of scholarships is based on the merit of the proposed field of study and foreign experience as it pertains to the cadet's major and career goals, Citadel academic record and over-all cadet activities involvement. Summer scholars are expected to have a substantial experience; awards of fewer than three weeks are discouraged and rare. Generally speaking, the longer the duration the better. If you are conducting an independent study, it must be approved by a department and carry a 3- hour course equivalent for credit. If you have any questions about a research award, please contact Professor Sparks.
Eligible for the Star of the West International Summer Scholarship are current cadet freshmen, sophomores, and juniors posting a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher and conduct proficient. Applicants must submit online: a narrative proposal, detailed budget, and two letters of recommendation, both of which must come from a Citadel faculty member. Note: a faculty member cannot write a letter of recommendation if that applicant is going on a program led by that faculty member! An additional letter (optional) may come from a reference off-campus. Only full-time cadets are eligible for this award.
APPLICATION TIMELINES FOR SUMMER 2015:
There is a two-round application process:
Early decision-- The application window opens on October 15 2014.
All completed applications must be received by noon Thursday, 15 November 2014. The review panel can give you a decision before the Christmas break. Note, if your application is denied during the early deadline period, we will hold your application so it can compete with those submitted in February. You will still be eligible for the award. We recommend you revise your application if you feel you can strengthen it.
Spring decision-- THE APPLICATION WINDOW WILL OPEN THE FIRST WEEK OF CLASS SPRING SEMESTER.
All completed applications must be received by noon Thursday, 20 February 2015. The review panel can give you a decision by March 1.
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To apply for Summer 2015 go to this website (copy and paste to your browser):
INSTRUCTIONS FOR REFEREES (must be a faculty member from The Citadel)
You should be directed to the application site by the candidate: Please read carefully the candidate's application for a Star of the West International Summer Scholarship. On departmental letterhead please give your candid assessment of the applicant's preparation, suitability, and potential. The deadline for receipt of applications with recommendations is noon 20 February. Thank you for taking time to assess the merit of the applicant's proposal.
Optional referee (off campus): You should be directed to the application site by the candidate: Please read carefully the candidate's application for a Star of the West International Summer Scholarship. Please give your candid assessment of the applicant. If you are a previous employer, for example, give evidence of responsibility and initiative. If you have observed the applicant in other venues, please provide details that help give us a complete picture. The deadline for receipt of applications with recommendations is noon Thursday November 15, 2015. Thank you for taking time to assess the merit of the applicant's proposal.