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Study Abroad Scholarships

Chatueau d'Usse, France

Linda Rock and Maria Becker Scholarships

The Linda Rock and the Maria E. Becker Scholarships were established by the Rock and the Becker families to pay tribute to their beloved daughters, Linda Diane Rock and Maria E. Becker, and to honor their memory by supporting study abroad, which had played a tremendous role in the lives of their daughters. The scholarship amount varies depending on availability of funds and the number of applicants. The scholarships are awarded once in the fall semester and once in the spring semester for various terms (winter, spring, summer, fall; see below). They are also administered by the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures. Linda Rock scholarships support  French, Italian or Spanish majors/minors; Maria Becker scholarships support French students.

Wilma J. Newberry  Scholarship

RLL gratefully acknowledges the recent generous bequest of the Wilma J. Newberry estate. Dr. Newberry was a faculty member of RLL (formerly Modern Languages and Literature) from 1973-1997. Born in 1927 in Covington, Kentucky, she received her B.A. from Case Western Reserve and her Ph.D. from the University of Washington. She is noted for her book The Pirandellian Mode in Spanish Literature from Cervantes to Sastre and for her articles on modern Spanish theatre and narrative in Hispania, PMLA, Symposium, and other journals. Funds will be used to assist undergraduate Spanish majors with expenses of studying in Spain.

Eligibility guidelines

  • Applicants must be currently enrolled full-time matriculated UB undergraduate students in good academic standing.
  • Priority consideration is given to students pursuing a major in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, but minors are eligible to apply. Minors should indicate if they have applied to or already received the College of Arts and Sciences William C. and Annette L. Rock Fund for Study Abroad , as they are not eligible for both CAS and RLL scholarships.
  • The distribution of funds is made contingent on written confirmation of acceptance to an accredited study abroad program. However all interested students should apply even if they have not received confirmation of acceptance.
  • The study abroad course of study must be full time. The definition of “full time” is set by the program-sponsoring institution.
  • Financial need, academic achievement and potential for growth are the chief criteria for the scholarships.

Before beginning the application form, candidates should have ready a writing sample from coursework in the target language and a current copy of their academic advisement report (AAR), both in .pdf format.

Applications for study abroad programs are accepted annually in the Fall and Spring. The application window is now open to apply for the Spring semester of 2018 and/or January Session of 2018. Please use the application below. It is due by 12:00 noon on Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017. RLL faculty advisors can help with any questions.

First and Last Name (required)

UB Person Number (required)

Email Address (required)

Mailing Address (required)

Permanent Address (if different from above)

Best phone number to reach you (required)

Major(s) (required)

Minors(s) (required)

Anticipated date of graduation (degree conferral) (required)

Semester(s) of planned study abroad

For example: Summer 2016, Fall 2016.

Sponsoring U.S. institution and study abroad destination (required)

For example, UB's program in Salamanca, Geneseo's program in Montpellier, etc.

Please briefly summarize previous study abroad or travel experience (required)

Briefly indicate the financial resources available to you for the proposed program (required)

For example, other scholarships, savings, parental support, etc.

Please list honors or awards you have received

Statement of purpose (required)

In 200 words, please explain why you want to study abroad and what you hope to achieve. If you have questions about how best to write a statement of purpose, please make an appointment to see a departmental faculty adviser.

Upload your writing sample in .pdf format (required)

Upload your unofficial transcript in .pdf format (required)

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