The Dr. Bernard Moitt Barbados Study Abroad Scholarship
The Dr. Bernard Moitt Barbados Study Abroad Scholarship was established in 2019 by Dr. Bernard Moitt, Professor of History in VCU's College of Humanities and Sciences to support student participation in VCU's longest-running faculty-led study abroad program, Barbados: Atlantic History and Culture. Dr. Moitt has directed the summer study abroad program to Barbados for over 20 years and established this scholarship to support student participation in the program among diverse students with high financial need. It is Dr. Moitt's wish that study abroad participation should more accurately reflect the true diversity of VCU's student population; therefore, students of color and students who have been historically underrepresented in education abroad are encouraged to apply.
Award cycle and amount:
The scholarship will be offered each year for five years beginning in 2020. The scholarship will run on an annual cycle with the student deadline in the spring semester. Three recipients students will be selected each year. Each recipient will receive a $2,000 toward the cost of participating in VCU's summer study abroad program, Atlantic History and Culture in Barbados.
After the deadline each spring, a committee will review all completed applications and interview the top candidates to select the recipients based on financial need and impact on students' academic and career trajectory. The committee will be comprised of faculty/staff from VCU's Global Education Office, the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, the Division of Inclusive Excellence, and alumni of the Barbados study abroad program.
·Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA (good standing)
·Demonstrated financial need
·Must not receive the Presidential or Provosts Scholarship or have previously received the Bernard Moitt Scholarship
·Student must agree to complete the application for Barbados program, register for six credits through the Barbados study abroad program, and participate in the full program. Students who withdraw from the program prior to departure, who are dismissed from the program, or who fail to complete the courses will be ineligible to receive the scholarship.
·General profile questions
·Statement of purpose (In a clear, thoughtfully prepared essay of approximately 500 words, introduce yourself and present your reasons for wanting to study abroad. State what you expect to gain from the experience, personally, academically, and professionally. Include ideas on how you may be able to share your experiences with the VCU community upon your return.)
·Short answer financial need statement (Please provide information on the estimated total cost of your study abroad program as well as your ability to fund your study abroad experience. Explain in detail why do you need this scholarship.)
·Financial aid evaluation (your application will be tagged based on your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) which is based on your current FAFSA as low, medium, or high)