October 20, 2016

University of Illinois Maria Pia Gratton International Award for Foreign Students to Study in the USA

Maria Pia Gratton International Award

Course(s) Offered: Any field
Course Level: Graduate (masters, etc)
Provider: Family & friends of Maria Pia Gratton
Country to Study in: USA

Scholarship Description
The Maria Pia Gratton International Award at the University of Illinois was established by the family and friends of Maria Pia Gratton. Pia passed away on October 31, 1995, at the age of 47. This award continues Pia's memory with a living tribute to her life.

The Maria Pia Gratton International Award is intended to enable a female graduate student from outside the United States to have an academic and cultural experience at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Illinois). Preference will be given to a student who has had a limited opportunity to travel outside of her home country.

The selection process for this award is highly competitive. Each year, the selection committee reviews approximately 50-100 completed applications. Eligible females are encouraged to apply for the 2017/18 academic year.

Applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria to apply:

1). Applicants must either be:
  • currently enrolled as graduate students at Illinois with at least one academic year (i.e., two semesters) of graduate school remaining beginning in Fall 2016; OR
  • if not currently enrolled as graduate students at Illinois, applicants must be applying to begin graduate study at Illinois in Fall 2016 (Note: Applicants who have not yet been admitted to Illinois must follow regular academic admission procedures.)
2) Applicants must be international students (U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents are not eligible to apply)

3) Applicants must be female (applications from male applicants will not be considered)

Selection Criteria:
The selections committee will take into account the degree to which applicants share Pia's philosophy of life and desire to improve their multicultural experiences and education. Pia believed that living among various people, studying various cultures, and learning various customs taught her to appreciate and respect the people of this world.

Eligible groups
Citizens of ALL countries (EXCEPT the United States)

Participating Institutions
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA

Fields of study
Award is available to current or intending graduate students in any course at Illinois

Number of awards
The selection committee reviews all applications and offers the award to one student

Sponsorship duration
Scholarship, if successful, covers one academic year

Scholarship benefits
The Gratton Award provides a tuition waiver* and a monthly stipend totaling $10,000 for the academic year.

* Please note that some Colleges and/or programs do not accept tuition waivers. It is the student's responsibility to confirm the availability of a waiver in her department before applying. If the student's department cannot accept a tuition waiver, the student is not eligible to receive the award. See official website for more info.

Method of Application
The application consists of three questionnaires, a letter of recommendation, and a student agreement. The first questionnaire asks for basic information about the applicant, the second questionnaire asks the applicant to respond to an essay prompt, and the third questionnaire asks the applicant to provide detailed financial information about funding sources. The letter of recommendation may be submitted online by an individual authorized by the applicant. The student agreement outlines the conditions of applying for the award and requires an electronic signature.

Scholarship applicants must complete and submit all of the questionnaires as well as the letter of recommendation and student agreement. Your application will be complete once you see check marks in each of the questionnaire and material boxes. Incomplete applications may not be reviewed.

It is important to visit the official website (link to it is below) for complete information on this scholarship award, and to commence your application

The deadline to apply for an award for Academic Year 2017-18 is Monday, February 15, 2017 at 11:59PM

All applications will be reviewed after the deadline. Applicants will be notified of the decision via email as soon as possible after the deadline.

If you have never applied for a scholarship through the Study Abroad Office website before, the application program requires you to complete a Profile before you can start a scholarship application. You will see a “not applicable” choice for almost all the questions in the profile. In completing the profile, you can choose “not applicable” if you wish. After you respond to the Profile questions, you will be taken to the application for the Maria Pia Gratton International Award.

The University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign (U of I, University of Illinois, UIUC, or simply Illinois) is a public research-intensive university in the U.S. state of Illinois. As a land-grant university, it is the flagship campus of the University of Illinois system. The University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign (founded, 1867) is the state's second oldest public university, after Illinois State University, and a founding member of the Big Ten Conference.

Application Deadline: 15 February 2017
Open to International Applicants: Yes

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