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Nationality Rooms Scholarship - Undergraduate
Program Terms: Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:

Nationality Rooms Scholarship: Undergraduate

Scholarship Website

Scholarship Awards

Austrian Room Committee Scholarship in honor of John McDermott, $3,500

The Herbert E. Lieberkind/Danish Room Committee Scholarship, $3,500

Alliance Française de Pittsburgh Scholarship, $4,000

Hungarian Room Committee Scholarship (Dr. S. Gomory/J. Arvay Memorial Award) $3,500

John F. Kennedy/Irish Room Committee Scholarship, $4,000

Israel Heritage Committee Award (for the study of Jewish Culture), $4,000

Dr. Douglas Radcliff-Umstead Award/Italian Room Committee , $4,000

John H. Tsui Memorial Scholarship for study of Chinese culture, $4,000

Polish Room Committee/Kosciuszko Foundation Scholarship, $3,500.
The Pittsburgh chapter of the Kosziusko Foundation provides a scholarship in conjunction with the Polish Room Committee. If you apply for this scholarship, the applicant must apply to the Tomaszkiewicz-Florio Scholarship located at the Jagiellonian University of Krakow. Information about the Tomaszkiewicz-Florio Scholarship application can be found here.
+ The Pittsburgh Chapter of the Kosciuszko Foundation provides tuition, room & board, partial airfare.
Applicants must be U.S. citizens of Polish descent.

David L. Lawrence Memorial Award $4,000

Rachel McMasters Miller Hunt Award $4,000

Helen Pool Rush Award $4,000

Savina S. Skewis Award $4,000

Jack Wilson Award, $3,500
*For the Jack Wilson Award preference will be given to students with little or no experience in travel abroad.

Women's International Club Scholarship $4,000

Frequently Asked Questions:

When will I know if I've won an award?
All awards are decided by the end of February or early March.

Can I use the scholarship for a summer study program preceding a year-abroad program and return for the fall and spring semesters of the following year?
No. Students are required to be on campus for the fall and spring terms immediately following their summer study experience.

Are there restrictions as to how the scholarship money can be spent?
The award is considered a supplement to the cost of the proposal. Scholarship funds should be spent on tuition, room and board, transportation, passport and visa application expenses.

Do I have to enroll in an American university-sponsored program?
No. The Nationality Rooms Program encourages students to enroll in credit-worthy host-country-sponsored programs or propose a credit-worthy internship or, at the graduate level, directed research. However, the credit must be transferable to your transcript.

What do selection panels look for in a candidate?
Each panel varies but, in general, these points apply:
• Academically prepared for the study abroad experience

• Linguistically prepared to carry out the project successfully

• Knowledgeable about the country with sound academic reasons for going there

• Definite relationship between the project and their career goals

• Participation in a credit-worthy study program of at least 5 weeks

• Inclusion of an in-depth cultural experience as well or in addition to a classroom experience (e.g., a home stay as opposed to dormitory living, volunteer work, an informal research project on a related topic)

Application Process

1. Online Application. Please complete and submit through online application. Application includes personal and academic information, proposed budget, and two essays.

2. Two letters of Recommendation. One from a faculty member and a second from a faculty/other. Complete and submit through the online application.

3. Transcripts: Submit in January, after Fall grades are added, undergraduates should print out a transcript from the Registrar. Submit a copy of the transcript to each application submitted (submitted via hardcopy to 1209 Cathedral of Learning).

4. Awardee Obligation Signature Form. Print from online application and submit to 1209 Cathedral of Learning.

5. Nationality Rooms Academic Credit Signature Page. Obtain approval for the proposed program from the Study Abroad Office. Print the form from the online application and submit to 1209 Cathedral of Learning.

6. Undergraduates interested in conducting "independent study" must speak with scholarship administrator for approval before applying for the scholarship.

7. Other Scholarships Notice. Complete and submit through online application.

Timelines and Deadlines

Initial application becomes available : September, 2013
Information Sessions Begin: October 2, 2013
Last Information Session: January 8, 2014

Completed Applications Due:

• Undergraduates: January 9, 2014

Finalists notified via email: January 20, 2014
Finalist Interviews: Weeks of January 27 and February 3


• Current full-time University of Pittsburgh undergraduates who will have no less than 60 credits by April 2013, i.e., be a sophomore or junior.

• Be a United States citizen or U.S. permanent resident.

• 3.0 GPA minimum for undergraduates

• All applicants must have been enrolled full-time on a University of Pittsburgh campus for the fall and spring terms prior to the study abroad and must be physically on campus as a full-time student for the fall and spring terms immediately following the summer study.

• Students may apply for two scholarships but can win only one. Previous awardees are not eligible.

Information Sessions

Presentations begin in October. They will be given once a week until January 8, 2014 except during the University breaks. Sign up for a session by emailing Cristina Lagnese at The purpose of the session is to explain the application process, review the application and that the course of study a student is proposing fits within the parameters of the scholarship program. Students are strongly encouraged to start the application process early.

October Sessions, 10:00 - 11:00am at CL1228: 10/2, 10/9, 10/16, 10/23, 10/30

November Sessions, 1:30 - 2:30 pm at CL 1228: 11/6, 11/13, 11/21, 11/26

December Sessions, 10:00 - 11:00am at CL 1228: 12/4, 12/11, 12/16

January Sessions, 1:30- 2:30pm at CL 1228: 1/8

Study Proposal

Applicants shall select a credit-worthy study abroad program relevant to their career goals that is a minimum of 5 weeks. Applicants participating in a study program must provide a copy of a course description that gives the dates the course will be conducted as an attachment to their Nationality Room Academic Credit Signature Page.

Undergraduates interested in conducting "independent study" must speak with the scholarship administrator for approval before applying for the Nationality Rooms Scholarship.

Course Credit

Approval for course credit acceptance must be obtained from the Study Abroad Office. A SAO representative must sign the Credit Signature Page.


Finalists for each award will be notified via email on January 20, 2014. Interviews will begin during the weeks of January 27 and February 3.

Selection and Notification

Selection panels meet in the month of February. After each panel meets, finalists for that award are notified of the decision. Applicants must appear for this interview at the scheduled day and time, as each panel meets only once. No telephone interviews will be conducted.

Awardee's Responsibilities

1) Make appointment with Nationality Rooms Program Director to discuss travel plans.
2) Attend a Saturday Orientation Session (9:00am-2:30pm, date TBA).
3) Complete the Study Abroad Agreement/Signature document and submit a copy to Nationality Rooms Program office.
4) Pay Study Abroad fee that will be charged to PittPay (see the Study Abroad website for more information).
5) Students must pick up the award check in person. The award check will be held until the contract is complete.

Contact Information

Cristina Lagnese, Scholarship Administrator
Nationality Rooms Program
1209 Cathedral of Learning, University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Phone: 412.624.6150; Fax: 412.624.4214

Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
This program is currently not accepting applications.