Travel Course Scholarships

Travel Course Scholarships for 2023:

We are pleased to announce the fourth year of merit-based, partial scholarships to help support students with the costs of participating in travel courses.  The Travel Course Scholarships are funded through the generosity of the MCLA Foundation.

The amount available for this academic year will be divided proportionately among the travel courses.  Faculty teaching each course will decide how many scholarships the allotted money for their course will support. 

Student in the EvergladesAbout the Travel Course Scholarships

The purpose of the Fund is to endow travel course scholarships for academically-qualified full-time students with sophomore or above status* who demonstrate strong commitment to travel learning and potential for significant scholarly and personal growth through the academic travel experience. In furtherance of that purpose, the scholarship will be available to full-time students with a grade point average of 3.0 or better who have received the instructor's permission to enroll in a specific travel course. Scholarship recipients will be selected from the applicant pool by the Travel Scholarship Faculty Advisory Group.

*First year students are still encouraged to apply and will be considered for an award, pending the availability of sufficient funds.

Travel Course Scholarship Requirements:

•    Full-time student
•    Sophomore, junior, or senior status*
•    Minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0
•    Good academic standing
•    Two (2) faculty letters of recommendation, one of which may be from the faculty member supervising the travel course.
•    Submission of both the standard scholarship application and travel course essay (essays topics are designed for individual travel courses by faculty planning and teaching the course).

All applicants must complete the general scholarship form as part of the application process Scholarship Application Form.

Applicants for the Travel Course Scholarship will write an essay of 600-700 words that answers the questions that correspond to the travel course in which they will participate. 

Peru: What motivated you to participate in this travel course? How do you expect this travel course and your time in Peru specifically to contribute to your personal, academic, and/or professional goals?

Japan: What aspect(s) of Japan attracts you most and prompts you to learn more about it? What do you hope to accomplish through this Japan travel course? What are your educational goals? Why will this scholarship help you achieve your goals? 

South Africa: Why are you interested in participating in the travel course to South Africa? Please reference both your academic and personal reasons.

Financial Aid

The deadline for submitting all Travel Course Scholarship Application materials is Friday, October 31, 2022.

Students may apply for ONE Travel Course Scholarship and must have the permission of the travel course instructor to enroll in the course prior to completing the scholarship application.

Completed Travel Course Scholarship will include the above components and can be submitted to the Financial Aid Office either in paper form, in person or electronically. (Faculty recommendations may be sent to the Financial Office either electronically or in paper copy.) Be sure all the materials you submit include your name, the date you are submitting your application, the number and name of the course for which you are applying for the Travel Course Scholarship, and the designation of the semester the course is being offered.

The Faculty of the Travel Course Scholarship Advisory Group:

Michael Birch
Mariana Bolivar
Dave Cupery
Anthony Daly
Anne Goodwin
Anna Jaysayne-Darr
Graziana Ramsden
Laura Standley
Elena Traister
Carrie Alibozek
Jenn Dix
Richard Glejzer
Bob Ziomek

Thanks to:
The MCLA Foundation and the Financial Aid Office.