The Division of Global Engagement is pleased to announce the 2020-2021 Global Corners International Student Recruitment and Retention Award. The Division of Global Engagement is especially interested in receiving applications from students who will contribute to the academic excellence and global diversity of our campus, and whose work exemplifies a passion for addressing the collective
challenges facing our world in an era of contentious globalization.
The Global Corners scholarship award provides tuition support to new and continuing international students whose recruitment and retention advance the UO’s strategic interests in internationalizing the campus and maintaining a globally diverse student population. To be considered for the 2020-21 academic year, the student must apply by March 1, 2020. Both new and continuing undergraduate and graduate students are welcome to apply.
International engagement is essential to the academic and cultural vibrancy of the University of Oregon, as it seeks to prepare students for the challenges of the 21st century. The Global Corners Award assists the University of Oregon in its efforts to recruit and retain promising students who come from all corners of the globe, and whose presence on campus helps the university to advance its strategic interests in internationalization. Consequently, the Global Corners Award helps to implement the UO’s Strategic Framework for 2016-2021, which identifies “[enhancing] diversity and global reach by recruiting top international students” as a key strategic initiative, against the backdrop of “educating the whole person, and to fostering the next generation of transformational leaders and informed participants in the global community.”
Global Corners Scholarship Award Benefits and Coverage
The Global Corners award provides financial support up to, but not exceeding, US $45,000 ($15,000 per quarter; no award funds are distributed during the summer term). The exact award amount may depend on whether the student receives other forms of financial assistance – including scholarships, on-campus employment, stipends, etc. – to support their education at the University of Oregon. The award may be used to support required tuition and fees and/or nonqualified expenses such as room and board. (Note that any amount applied to non-qualified expenses may be considered a taxable contribution.)
The global corners award is renewable beyond the first award year, up to a maximum of 12 quarters for undergraduate students and 8 quarters for graduate students. The award may be prior to reaching the maximum award renewal level if any of the following circumstances apply: the student completes the UO academic program for which the student was granted the Global Corners award; the student receives other scholarships or grants rendering the Global Corners award unnecessary; the student departs the University of Oregon temporarily or permanently, or otherwise fails to meet award maintenance criteria and requirements.
How to apply for Global Corners Scholarship Award at the University of Oregon?
Interested students should submit an application packet to International Student and Scholar Services no later than the application deadline of March 1, 2020. The student applicant is responsible for preparing all required documents and sending them by the deadline to the Division of Global Engagement by mail or by email at [email protected]:
1. Global Corners Application Information Sheet
The student applicant must complete an application information sheet that provides personal and contact information as well as information regarding the student’s anticipated financial resources and needs for the award year.
2. Student’s Application Statement
The application statement should be typed or printed by the student and be no more than 500 words in length. In the statement, the student should describe the following points:
- Capacity for academic excellence: The student should explain his/her academic and career interests, showing how these inform the student’s purposes for studying at the University of Oregon. The student is also encouraged to describe their academic potential, achievements, accomplishments, and capacity for academic excellence in their chosen program at the University of Oregon.
- Campus contribution: The student should describe how his/her cultural experiences and background, as well as personal interests, affiliations, and aspirations, will motivate the student to excel at the University of Oregon, increase the academic and cultural vitality of the campus, and help to advance knowledge, research, action and insight into contemporary challenges facing today’s societies.
3. Academic Document Submission Process:
Transcripts from the University of Oregon or Most Recent Academic Institution Transcripts should detail recent academic performance, whether completed at the University of Oregon (for continuing students) or most recent institution of attendance (for new/incoming students). Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.
4. Two Letters of Recommendation
The student should arrange to have a minimum of two letters of recommendation that provide a high level of support to the student’s application for a Global Corners scholarship. The recommendation letters may be from current or past faculty or academic advisors, instructors, counselors, supervisors, or any other person capable of attesting to the student’s potential for or record of academic excellence, commitment to cultural diversity and exchange, and service to their communities. Letters should be no more than 500 words long and provide detailed insight into the student applicant, and the potential or actual benefits to internationalization and global diversity that the student would bring to the University of Oregon community.
5. Optional: Supplementary Information
Students may submit supplementary information such as a resume/CV, copies of admissions applications, copies of awards/honors given, or other materials that may help to inform the Global Corners scholarship committee’s decision-making process.
All application materials must be received by 5 pm Pacific Time on March 1, 2020. Submissions by mail, fax, or e-mail (to [email protected]) are acceptable.