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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.

To apply online, complete the application for the CLA Continuing Student Scholarships. Learn more about available scholarships.

Undergraduate Scholarships for Study Abroad

The Department of French and Italian is pleased to announce the following scholarships to support study abroad in 2017-2018 : Margaret J. Talle Study Abroad Scholarship in French Aron M. Blankenburg Memorial Scholarship for Italian The Italian Cultural Center of Minneapolis/St. Paul Study Abroad Scholarship French & Italian Study Abroad Scholarship Marguerite Guinotte Memorial Travel Grant in French Studies Application materials include the following:

Margaret J. Talle Study Abroad Scholarship in French
Aron M. Blankenburg Memorial Scholarship for Italian
The Italian Cultural Center of Minneapolis/St. Paul
Study Abroad Scholarship
French & Italian Study Abroad 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 must be submitted in hard copy to the Department of French and Italian, 314 Folwell Hall, by 12:00 p.m. on Friday, March 10, 2017.
 

Study Abroad Scholarships in French and Italian, 2017

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.

  1. The Margaret J. Talle Study Abroad Scholarship in French will provide payment of $14,224 to be used for tuition and fees for a student in the College of Liberal Arts majoring or minoring in French who will be enrolled in an academic study abroad program in France that involves at least 15 credits of coursework per semester. This is a need-based scholarship that may be used during the student's sophomore or 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 freshman, sophomore or junior, intending to enroll in an approved study abroad program during Fall 2017 and/or Spring 2018. They must have a current FAFSA on file. Students participating in programs only for the summer are not eligible to apply. This scholarship can be used only for the payment of tuition and associated fees.
  1. The Aron M. Blankenburg Memorial Scholarship for Italian will provide $2,500 for a student in the College of Liberal Arts who plans to study Italian language, culture, and literature abroad during the academic year 2017–2018. Candidates must be in good academic standing. The recipient will be chosen on the basis of both financial need and academic merit. Applicants must have a current FAFSA on file. Students participating in programs only for the summer are not eligible to apply.
  1. 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 2017 through Spring 2018. 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.
  1. 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 2017, intending to enroll in a study abroad program for Fall 2017 and/or Spring 2018. 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 3.35. The recipient will be chosen on the basis of academic merit.
  1. 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 2017 through Spring 2018. This year, one award of $1000 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 2017; 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.

Study Abroad Application Form, Department of French and Italian, Spring 2017:
file:///Users/hanza016/Downloads/Study%20Abroad%20Scholarship%20Application%202017.pdf