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Star of the West Summer Scholarship

INSTITUTIONAL SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITIONS
Scholarship Funds Deadline†

Star of the West Summer Scholarship

International summer study and research 17 Feb 2017

Project GO Summer 2017

Chinese-language immersion in Taiwan 17 Jan 2017

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

ELIGIBILITY

  • Minimum GPA: 3.2
  • Student type: cadet
  • Conduct: must be conduct-proficient
  • Academic classification (at time of application):
    • freshman (second round only)
    • sophomore (first and second round)
    • junior (first and second round)
    • senior (must not be scheduled to graduate before proposed program ends)

PURPOSE AND PURVIEW

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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 TIMELINE FOR SUMMER 2017

There is a two-round application process:

Round 1: Opens on 6 September 2016; deadline is 4 November 2016.

Round 2: Opens on 5 November 2016; deadline is February 17, 2017. Applicants not selected in round 1 are welcome to re-apply, and fourth-class cadets are eligible to apply.


The application may be found here.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR REFEREES

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. 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. Thank you for taking time to assess the merit of the applicant's proposal.

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