Cathey (Epsilon Alpha) and Don Humphreys are philanthropists committed to helping young people pursue their academic and career goals through the experience of study abroad.
The Trustees and staff of the Chi Omega Foundation are grateful and thrilled Cathey and Don Humphreys have endowed a fund for the purpose of providing worthy Chi Omegas (undergraduate students) the opportunity to expand their academic careers and life experience through established study abroad experiences.
This year two awards will be given, up to $5000 for those going to emerging market countries and up to $3000 for those going to developed, mature, or advanced market countries. An emerging market country refers to the economic status of the country; an emerging market country has an economy that is developing or is reforming its economy. The total awards will be distributed depending on the cost of the program.
The scholarship is available for Chi Omega collegians in good standing who wish to expand their academic and career goals through the experience of study abroad during summer 2018, fall 2018, and/or spring 2019 for a minimum of eight weeks.
Selected by a committee appointed by the Chi Omega Foundation, scholarship recipients will be selected on the basis of scholarship; financial need; personal essay; contributions and service to Chi Omega, the university and the community; and recommendations.
Recipients will be notified by the END OF APRIL.
Applicants must be Chi Omega undergraduates in “good standing” with their respective chapters who will have sophomore hours at the time of travel. Applicants must have cumulative GPAs of at least a 3.0.
The study abroad experience must be a full university semester in length (a minimum of 8 weeks) and may include taking classes at a college or university outside the United States, a service learning experience in a foreign country, or scientific research at a university or company outside the United States.
Preference will be given to those traveling to emerging market countries. An emerging market country refers to the economic status of the country; an emerging market country has an economy that is developing or is reforming its economy.
Recipients must agree to provide in a timely manner the following items which will be shared with the scholarship benefactors:
a. At mid-term, recipients will provide a written update of their experiences to that point.
b. At program end, recipients will provide an essay of the experience and its impact on their lives and careers.
Recipients will be expected to resume an active or leadership role in their Chi Omega Chapters when they return from their experiences so that they may serve as role models for other Chi Omegas who aspire to similar opportunities.
The Chi Omega Foundation will consider the timing of awards in consultation with the recipient’s university; this timing may vary from campus to campus.
A completed application must contain the following information:
1. All application sections be must completed.
2. An essay which supports the study abroad proposal
3. Applicant financial statement and institution financial statement.
4. A current transcript of all college or university work. This CAN be an unofficial transcript. If verification of an official transcript is needed, applicants will be notified and given ample time for submission.
5. Two letters of recommendation:
a. One letter from an Advisor or the Advisory Board of the applicant’s active chapter
b. One letter from a professor familiar with applicant’s academic work.
Applicants must assume the following responsibilities:
1. Give recommenders ample time to submit letters.
2. Follow up with recommenders to ensure they understand the process for a successful submission.
3. Follow application directions as points will be deducted for not following directions.
4. Submit a complete application.
Please note the following:
An application is considered incomplete without ALL required materials having been submitted online. Further, applications lacking recommendation letters will be shown as “pending” completion; however, pending and incomplete applications will not be considered by the selection committee.
Scholarship checks are made payable to the institution to be used for educational expenses/tuition.
If not selected, applicants may reapply the next cycle.
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