Scholarships

The Office of International Education and Development (OIED) is pleased to announce the availability of scholarship funds for Appalachian students participating in approved academic education abroad programs. Many of these scholarships were created to honor the contributions of or in memory of former faculty/staff, their families, students, and/or alumni by providing an enriching international experience to current Appalachian students.

Who is eligible?
Students participating in study abroad programs

Any full-time degree-seeking student at Appalachian applying to an approved study abroad program offering academic credit is eligible to apply. Students must have studied at Appalachian for at least one semester in their current degree program prior to applying for any scholarship. (The prior semester of study must have counted towards the current degree program's requirements.) Students must study at Appalachian for at least one term following the experience as degree-seeking students. Students must not have received any scholarship from OIED in the current academic year (August through July).

International students

Any undergraduate degree-seeking student on a F-1 visa who has completed at least one academic year of studies at Appalachian is eligible to apply. Students must not have previously received an international student scholarship from Appalachian. Student must be in good standing, i.e. not on probation for academic and/or conduct reasons.

How much is the scholarship worth?

Individual scholarship amounts will vary but will not exceed $2000.

Do I have to be admitted to a program before I apply for a scholarship?

No. However, if you receive a scholarship before being admitted, you must apply to a program within four (4) weeks of receiving the scholarship. In all cases, program application deadlines still apply.

May I apply for more than one scholarship?

Yes. You may apply for any scholarship that is open. However, you are only eligible to receive one scholarship per academic year.

What are the criteria upon which applicants will be selected, and what are the application deadlines?

Please reference specific scholarships for exact criteria and deadline information, as they may vary.

Awardee requirements

All scholarship recipients must fulfill three requirements:

  • Students must study at Appalachian for at least one term following the experience.
  • Recipients will submit a Letter of Appreciation to the scholarship donor that may be posted on the Office of International Education and Development website.
  • Students must demonstrate their commitment and willingness to assist in the promotion of international education by:

    1. Being prepared to volunteer 3 service hours upon request/as needed by OIED, AND

    2. Submitting a 500-word essay about their study abroad experience addressing one of the prompts below.
        Each essay submission must contain the following:
    - Student Name
    - Name and Term of Program Attended
    - Prompt # Chosen
    - Title of Essay
    - Word Count
    - Suggested but not Required: 1-3 pictures taken on the study abroad experience

    Prompts:
    #1: How did your study abroad experience help you gain a new perspective on your chosen field of study, and/or future professional life, and/or personal life? How do you plan to share/use your study abroad experience upon your return to campus?

    #2: What valuable lessons did you learn while abroad? What advice/insights would you like to pass on to students considering a study abroad experience? How do you plan to share/use your study abroad experience upon your return to campus?

    #3: How has your study abroad experience informed the way you view yourself as an American and/or as a global citizen? How do you plan to share/use your study abroad experience upon your return to campus?

    #4: Based on your experience overseas, how do you think study abroad promotes mutual understanding with other countries and cultures? How do you plan to share/use your study abroad experience upon your return to campus?

    #5: How did your experience overseas challenge your commitment to being a global citizen in the 21st century? How do you plan to share/use your study abroad experience upon your return to campus?

    NOTE: All essays and photos submitted may be used/edited/published at the discretion of the Office of International Education and Development (OIED) for promotional and other purposes. All materials submitted become property of OIED. By submitting your essay and photos, you also permit OIED to use your name in conjunction with any media used to promote Education Abroad. OIED has the sole right to determine the future use of essays and photos.

When will I find out if I received a scholarship?

You will be notified of the outcome of your application by e-mail within 3 to 4 weeks of the scholarship application submission deadline.

How will the scholarship funds be disbursed?
For students studying abroad

The scholarship will be credited to your student account during the term in which you study abroad. Note: Receiving a scholarship could impact your financial aid.

For international students

The scholarship will be credited to your student account during the semester in which it is awarded.

Scholarships

Available for: International Student Exchange and Study Abroad (ISESA) (semester/summer/year non faculty-led programs), ISSS (international students).

Established in 1994, the funds generated by the Adam P. Kephart Endowed Scholarship are directed to the highest and best use of "international" programs at Appalachian State University. Scholarships are provided to programs that offer the greatest potential for increasing international understanding.

Available for: International Student Exchange and Study Abroad (ISESA) (semester/summer/year non faculty-led programs).

This fund was established by Appalachian State University to provide scholarship support for Appalachian students participating in approved long-term study abroad programs.

Available for: Appalachian Overseas Education Programs (AOEP) (short-term, faculty-led programs), International Student Exchange and Study Abroad (ISESA) (semester/summer/year non faculty-led programs).

Established in 2009 by members of International Appalachian (INTAPP), a student organization, this endowed fund supports Appalachian students of all majors traveling abroad to the country of their choice for the purpose of study, research, or internship.

Available for: Appalachian Overseas Education Programs (AOEP) (short-term, faculty-led programs), International Student Exchange and Study Abroad (ISESA) (semester/summer/year non faculty-led programs).

Established in 2008 in memory of Kathryn "Katie" Stout, the purpose of this endowed fund is to provide financial assistance to Appalachian State University students who are enrolled in approved University study abroad programs, with preference given to students who are studying in China.

Available for: Appalachian Overseas Education Programs (AOEP) (short-term, faculty-led programs), International Student Exchange and Study Abroad (ISESA) (semester/summer/year non faculty-led programs).

Established in 2011 in honor of Landon Hill, Appalachian student and active member of International Appalachian (INTAPP), the purpose of this fund is to provide financial assistance to Appalachian State University students interested in studying abroad who demonstrate a desire to increase understanding and tolerance of human diversity worldwide.

Available for: Appalachian Overseas Education Programs (AOEP) (short-term, faculty-led programs).

Established in 2009 by the Office of International Education and Development in honor of Dr. T. Marvin Williamsen's tenure as the first Associate Vice Chancellor for International Programs at Appalachian, this scholarship provides support for Appalachian students participating in various education abroad programs.

Available for: International Student Exchange and Study Abroad (ISESA) (semester/summer/year non faculty-led programs), ISSS (international students).

This endowment fund was established in 2001 to provide scholarship support for Appalachian students participating in approved international education programs and/or to support international degree-seeking students studying at Appalachian.

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