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Star of the West Summer Scholarship

Scholarship Funds Deadline†

Star of the West Summer Scholarship

International summer study and research 10 Feb 2018

Project GO Summer 2018

Chinese-language immersion in Taiwan 15 Jan 2018

Unless otherwise noted, competitions close at 5:00 pm on the specified date.

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 student experience and exposure to opportunities in the global economy. The International Summer Scholarship is a grant of up to $7,500.


PLEASE NOTE THAT FOR SUMMER 2018, EVENING UNDERGRADUATES AND VETERAN STUDENTS ARE ALSO ELIGIBILE TO APPLY. When beginning your application in Abroad Office, you may encounter references to the SOWISS as a cadet-only award; these should be disregarded as the competition has been expanded to allow applications from veteran students and evening undergraduates.

  • Minimum GPA: 3.2
  • Student type: cadet, veteran student, or evening undergraduate student
  • Conduct: must be conduct-proficient
  • Academic classification (at time of application):
    • freshman
    • sophomore
    • junior



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 Mr. Noah Koubenec, Assistant Director of Fellowships, at

Eligible for the Star of the West International Summer Scholarship are current cadet, evening undergraduate, or veteran student 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.


There is one deadline for the summer 2018 scholarship: 10 February 2018

The application may be found here.


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. In the online form, please give your candid assessment of the applicant's preparation, suitability, and potential. Thank you for taking time to assess the merit of the applicant's proposal.

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