Scholarships in the amount $2,500.00 will be awarded for international travel trips taking place spring and summer of 2016.
Anonymous essays are to be no more than 1000 words, typed and double-spaced. Explain the value of an international trip, include individual and academic goals, and show ways in which traveling abroad would enhance and enrich these goals. Discussing ways in which previous WSCC classes have contributed to personal growth is also appropriate. In addition to these criteria, essays will be judged on overall impression, sincerity, and persuasiveness. Students should include their college and community activities and service, but avoid including any personal information that would identify them.
The final deadline for essay submission is on Friday, March 20, 2015, at 4:00 pm. Submit the cover sheet and essay in a sealed envelope through campus mail to Eileen Bowers, International Education Specialist, on the Morristown Campus, Mail Box 153 or by email to Eileen.Bowers@ws.edu – phone number is 423-318-2347. Students on the Morristown campus should drop it off in the campus post office, CCEN125. Students on other campuses may submit essays through the campus administrative office. All essays must be submitted by 4 p.m. on Friday, March 20th.
Successful applicants will choose one of the WSCC approved international travel trips for spring or summer, 2016 or a trip with the Tennessee Consortium on International Studies (TnCIS). TnCIS trips are listed at this website: www.tncis.org These will be updated by October 1, 2015. Contact Eileen Bowers (423-318-2347) or Eileen.Bowers@ws.edu in Student Affairs for more information.
Members of the International Fee Oversight Committee will judge essays anonymously to determine finalists. Student members of the committee who wish to enter the contest will be excused from judging and replaced by a student appointed by the Vice President of Student Affairs. Trip coordinators will also be excused from judging.
The top applicants will be interviewed by judges before final decisions are reached. Interviews will take place in early June 2015, the week following Commencement. Successful applicants will be contacted by mail during summer semester 2015.
Amount of funds awarded will not cover all trip expenses. Scholarship recipients are responsible for additional expenses not covered by the scholarship amount. Passport, insurance and incidentals are solely the responsibility of the student.
Applicants accepting scholarship funds will be required to document at least one talk/presentation before a Walters State group before or after the trip – specific details will be scheduled on an individual basis. This could include talking to a Walters State class telling of your expectations and/or of your adventures traveling abroad, a presentation during Learning in the Lyceum or the International Festival.