Anita Volz Wien '62 Global Scholars Fund
The Anita Volz Wien '62 Global Scholars Fund (Wien Global Scholars) is a merit-based award to encourage Smith students who are U.S. citizens to study abroad for a full year in non-English speaking countries in combination with an internship or similar experience either before or after the study abroad period. Exceptions will be made for science or engineering majors intending to study abroad for one semester in combination with an accompanying internship experience.
For the 2016-17 academic year: March 31, 2016
- Scholarship: $10,000 for the academic year ($5,000 for a single semester - science and engineering majors only)*
*The Scholarship will either be listed as a tuition credit or as a financial aid offset if you are currently receiving need-based financial aid. Financial aid recipients will have 50% of the award replace their existing Smith Grant and 50% will be used to reduce their self-help expectation (loan and/or work).
- Internship stipend: $3,500
- Travel: reimbursement of travel expenses up to $1,500
This is a merit-based award and all eligible Smith students are encouraged to apply regardless of financial aid status. The internship and study period must be completed prior to graduation from Smith.
Applicants do not need to have secured an internship before applying for the Wien GlobalScholars award. Potential internships must be identified as part of the application essay and acceptance of an internship submitted to the committee prior to release of the internship stipend. The internship must meet the following requirements:
- The internship placement involves intercultural and social engagement with a local community or professional setting
- The focus of the internship supports the student's long-term academic and professional goals
- Work plan of a minimum of 25 hours/week
- Identification and agreement of an internship mentor who will meet with the student at least once a week during the internship period.
How to Apply
- Submit the Anita Volz Wien '62 Global Scholars Fund application via the Smith International Travel Experiences System (SITES)by the deadline.
- Please note that you will be asked to submit the following as a part of the online application in SITES:
- Two faculty recommendations: (1) a language faculty recommendation supporting your linguistic and cultural preparation to study and live in your study abroad location and (2) an academic recommendation supporting the academic merits of your internship and study goals
- Essay (500 words): The Wien Global Scholars application includes an essay addressing the questions listed below. Submit this as a separate document with your name, class and major at the top of the document.
- Describe an important issue in today's world and how global perspectives are critical for better understanding of this issue.
- What are your educational goals with your year or semester abroad and how will this scholarship help you achieve these goals at Smith and beyond?
- Describe your previous experience with the language and culture of the country in which you will be studying.
- How do you intend to immerse yourself in the language and culture of your chosen country and how do you expect this to influence your personal growth and values?
- What type of internship will you be seeking and how will it enhance your overall study abroad experience?
Please direct all questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note: The student' s academic record will also be reviewed.
Required Thank-You Letters
Thank-you letters should be addressed to the stewards of the Blumberg fund and should contain the following information:
- Descriptive detail about the international experience
- Why the student chose Smith
- Student's academic interests, major and career aspirations
- Where the student is from and which house they live in
- Warm thanks for the generosity provided
- Student's email address
- A photo of the student abroad, saved as a jpg file
Thank-you letters should not mention the dollar amount received.
Upon return, send the thank-you letter (as a Word document( and photo to the Office for International Study via email. Be sure to include your name, and class year.