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Applications are now being accepted for the 2017 Blair Hanson Scholarship for study abroad in academic year 2017–18. The Blair Hanson Scholarship Fund was established in 1981 to honor the dedication of Dr. Blair Hanson, Professor of French and Chairperson of the Modern Languages Department, to the cause of language education. The scholarship, awarded annually in the spring to an outstanding foreign language student, is to be used to defray part of the expenses of a period of study abroad for the next academic year. Candidates for the award need not be language majors. The minimum requirements include: (1) a 3.0 average in language courses; (2) submission of the Blair Hanson Scholarship Award Application with a Personal Essay (typed, double-spaced, attached to application) describing the reasons for deciding to study in another country, specific goals and plans for the period abroad, and any other comments that would support an application for the award.
After the initial screening process, final candidates may be invited to meet with a selection panel from the Department of Modern & Classical Languages. The interview will include a discussion of candidate’s experience and plans, as well as specific questions regarding an awareness of the current cultural, social, and political situation in the country to be visited. Factors indicating a seriousness of purpose with regard to language study and international concerns will be considered. The application is available in 104 Ruter Hall, or you may print from this page (under heading “Scholarships and Honor Societies”). Deadline for submission of completed application to the Department of Modern & Classical Languages, 104 Ruter Hall, is April 3, 2017.