Scholarships & Grants
The department offers scholarships solely for those who are looking to study abroad. These scholarships are made available to apply for in early spring semester. Recipients are selected by faculty members of the French and Italian studies department.
College of Liberal Arts Scholarships
The College of Liberal Arts offers scholarships for continuing students currently enrolled in CLA. Each year, academically talented CLA students receive scholarships based on need or merit.
Undergraduate Scholarships for Study Abroad
The Department of French and Italian is pleased to announce the following scholarships to support study abroad in 2018-2019:
French & Italian Study Abroad Scholarship
The Italian Cultural Center of Minneapolis/St. Paul Massimo Bonavita Memorial Scholarship
Marguerite Guinotte Memorial Travel Grant in French Studies
Application materials include the following:
- an application form (downloadable from the Department website at http://frit.umn.edu/ugrad/ )
- an unofficial transcript
- a letter of recommendation from that instructor who is best able to assess the applicant’s academic and intellectual capacities
- an application essay describing the applicant’s previous engagement with French or Italian Studies and what further learning would be made possible by the scholarship.
For a detailed description of these scholarships, see next page. The award selection will be made by the faculty of the Department of French and Italian.
Applications to the Italian Cultural Center Massimo Bonavita Memorial Scholarship must be submitted in hard copy to the Department of French and Italian, 314 Folwell Hall, by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, March 2, 2018. Application materials for all others must be submitted by 12:00 p.m. on Monday, March 19, 2018.
Study Abroad Scholarships in French and Italian, 2018
Only students planning to complete a study abroad program approved by the Learning Abroad Center (umabroad.umn.edu/programs) are eligible for the scholarships below. Students may apply for the Marguerite Guinotte Memorial Travel Grant to fund an independent research project (such as a UROP or research for a senior project or honors thesis), but these students must register their travel through the GPS Alliance at global.umn.edu/travel/registration.
- The French and Italian Study Abroad Scholarship, for students majoring or minoring in French and/or Italian, will help with the expenses for a study abroad program of any length any time during the period May Term/Summer 2018 through Spring 2019. A scholarship of $3000 will be awarded based on academic merit and the applicant’s essay. Minimum GPA requirement: 3.3. Although the award may be used during May Term or Summer, students applying to these short-term programs should explain in their essay why they are not able to apply for a semester-long program (i.e., requirements of another major, etc.) or why the specific program is better suited to their academic development.
- The Italian Cultural Center of Minneapolis/St. Paul Study Abroad Scholarship will provide program fee, housing, and airfare (up to $3,000) for a student at the University of Minnesota, majoring or minoring in Italian who will be enrolled in a study abroad program in Italy that involves at least 13 credits of coursework per semester. This scholarship may be used during the student’s junior year (Fall or Spring semester or both) or the Fall semester of the senior year. Recipients shall be in good academic standing and shall have demonstrated exceptional academic promise. Applicants should be a current sophomore or junior in Spring 2018, intending to enroll in a study abroad program for Fall 2018 and/or Spring 2019. Students are required to have completed at least 4 semesters of Italian before they begin their study abroad program. Students participating in programs only for the summer are not eligible to apply. The minimum GPA for applicants is 3.25. The recipient will be chosen on the basis of academic merit.
- The Marguerite Guinotte Memorial Travel Grant, for students majoring or minoring in French or FRIT, may be used for expenses of French-related academic travel, research, or study abroad any time during the period Spring 2018 through Spring 2019. This year, one award of $1500 will be given to a student completing a study abroad program or independent research trip of any length in a French-speaking country. Note: The award for the research project is the only scholarship for which the supported travel or study activity may take place as early as Spring semester 2018; thus, the activity may take place before the time of application or awarding of the scholarship. Although the award may be used during May Term or Summer, students applying to short-term classroom-based programs should explain in their essay why they are not able to apply for a semester-long program (i.e., requirements of another major, etc.) or why the specific program is better suited to their academic development.
Graduating seniors are eligible only for the Guinotte Travel Grant for research (but the supported travel must take place before the applicant's graduation); applicants for all other scholarships must be planning to return to the University of Minnesota for at least one semester before graduation.