Global Identities Scholarship
The Global Identities Scholarship is a competitive award that takes both merit and financial need into consideration. The scholarship project is meant to create a community of GW students who promote their own individual thinking that combines reflections on personal identity and outward diversity. The digital storytelling project will provide a platform for students to display and reflect on their identity and develop intercultural competencies in an international context.
Recipients will receive $1,000 to write 5 blog entries and participate in a workshop upon their return to produce their own digital story. The blogs and final digital story will be highlighted on the Office for Study Abroad and other GW departmental websites. Students who are awarded the Global Identities Scholarship will have the opportunity to join a virtual international community of GW students that share their varied experiences living in a different culture with the larger GW community.
All applicants must meet the following criteria at the time of application:
Meets all study abroad eligibility requirements;
Be willing to commit to all aspects of the program;
Identify as a non-traditional student
Non-traditional students can be defined, but is not limited to, students who self-identify as persons of color, lower socio-economic status, First Generation College students, part-time students, non-traditional undergraduate students, veterans, differently abled students, students who identify as LGBTQIA, and international students.
All application materials must be submitted online. Paper submissions will not be accepted.
1. 500-750 word typed essay answering one
of the following essay prompts:
Define your identity in your own words and describe an experience the helped you become aware of your identity.
Define your identity in your own words and find a news article focused on identity from the country where you wish to study and describe how its implications could impact your study abroad experience.
2. Letter of recommendation from a faculty or staff member
3. Completed online application forms
4. Optional: Financial aid award letter
Spring semester: December 1
Students' scholarship applications will be reviewed in May for the fall semester and December for the spring semester. These are highly competitive scholarships and will only be granted to a select number of students applying to one of the aforementioned programs. Participants would be chosen by a panel comprising representatives from the Office of Vice Provost for Diversity & Inclusion and the OSA.
Students who are studying abroad for the academic year must apply for a GW scholarship for each semester they are abroad. If you are awarded a scholarship in the fall semester it does not automatically transfer to the spring, you will need to reapply for the scholarship in the spring semester.