AHA is passionate about study abroad and hopes that every student is able to participate in a life-changing experience abroad. With this in mind, AHA offers scholarship opportunities to encourage interested students to apply for and participate in an AHA study abroad experience. The AHA Scholarship is a monetary scholarship available to all students applying for any AHA study abroad program. Individual scholarships are available and range from $500-$3,000; the amount awarded will vary depending on an applicant’s:
- Academic standing
- Scholarship application essay
- Project proposal
- Financial need (optional)
Upon return, recipients are expected to share their study abroad experience both as an AHA Ambassador and through their project (as described below).
APPLICATION PROCESS AND DEADLINES
To apply, click here to begin your scholarship application.
Scholarship application deadlines are as follows:
- Summer 2013: April 15, 2013
- Fall 2013: May 1, 2013
- Spring 2014: October 15, 2013
PLEASE NOTE: In order for a scholarship application to be considered, students must complete their AHA program application by the scholarship deadline. This includes submitting the application essays, two references, and transcript(s).
SCHOLARSHIP SUBMISSION DETAILS
Tell us in 500 words or less your objectives for your time abroad, as well as how you expect the program to contribute to your academic, career and personal goals. You should also include a description of any special circumstances you would like the committee to consider.
During and/or after their study abroad program, applicants will create a multimedia project of their own design that effectively and creatively communicates their experience. Your project should be clear in scope and purpose, and should be completed within two months of your return. You can choose to focus on a particular element of your study abroad experience (curriculum, location, excursions, etc.), or on your experience as a whole. To help convey your story in an accessible and engaging manner, the project may include (but is not limited to):
- Blogs (regularly updated while abroad)
- Journaling / Interviews
The committee will be looking for projects that demonstrate careful thought, planning, and reflection on the unique elements of your program.
Please submit a current resume and highlight skills and experiences that may not be reflected in your general AHA program application.
Financial Need (optional)
If you would like your financial status to be considered, please submit a copy of your financial aid award letter from your home university financial aid office for the current academic year. This document should be available in late Spring after you have submitted your FAFSA and will specify the type of aid you will be provided for that academic year.
In the academic year following their return, scholarship recipients will be expected to act as “Ambassadors” for AHA, sharing their experiences with others on their home campus, in their community, and beyond. Responsibilities of an AHA Ambassador may include (but will not be limited to):
- Presenting on your experience at various local events
- Answering questions from peers and/or potential students
- Representing AHA at your school’s study abroad fair