We are excited to be able to offer large number of scholarships to our students, both for undergraduate and gradute studies, as well as study abroad. For a comprehensive listing of available scholarships and up-to-date information on availabilty, eligibility, and how to apply, please visit https://affordability.ku.edu.
Scholarship for students demonstrating a commitment to learning foreign languages and cultures.
Application Deadline: Early April 2020.
Helen Brownson (1917–2017) earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Kansas in 1938. She was born in 1917 in Kansas City, KS, and worked most of her life as a federal government employee. Her work on scientific research for various boards and committees ultimately contributed to the creation of the field of information science. Her wish was that her gift to the SLLC “supports students of foreign languages,” and the fund will be used to support scholarships for students demonstrating a commitment to learning foreign languages and cultures.
For the 2019–2020 academic year, three scholarships will be available for $3333 each, one to a sophomore, junior, and senior (1) student majoring in a language in the departments of African & African American Studies; East Asian Languages & Cultures; French, Francophone & Italian Studies; German Studies; Slavic Languages & Literatures; or Spanish & Portuguese. (2) Students committed to studying one of the other languages offered by KU up to the advanced level but not offered as a major may also apply (Hindi, Persian, Quichua, Turkish, Uyghur).
Students in good standing at KU and in their major. Renewable for up to two additional years (sophomores), or one additional year (juniors) with a min. 3.0 GPA in continued work in the language major.
To apply, submit the following documents in electronic form to Samantha Raines (firstname.lastname@example.org):
- A 1000-word essay articulating a plan of study, focusing on why language/ literature/ culture is important to you and why you are pursuing this course of study at KU
- Two letters of recommendation from teachers or supervisors familiar with your academic or other achievements
- Include in your essay any additional information that speaks to your financial need (how will the scholarship make a difference)
- KU Academic Summary (available free through Enroll and Pay)
- Curriculum vitae (résumé)
Jesus R. Briseno - Sophomore, Linguistics major. Studies Japanese and Korean.
Sierra Sparbanie - Junior, Global & International Studies major. Studies French.
Tyler L. Cargill - Senior, Chemical Engineering major. Studies Kiswahili.
Lutz and McLean Study Away Scholarship
Scholarships for foreign language students for whom studying abroad will be the first opportunity to to spend a significant time living outside of the United States, using the language they are studying.
More information about the Lutz and McLean Study Away Scholarship, including current application deadlines, are available on the website of the Office of Study Abroad and Global Engagement.
Funds provided with generous support of David Lutz, PhD and Ellen Scott McLean. Either one $1,000 or two $500 scholarships will be awarded annually. This fellowship is open to KU undergraduate students studying a language at KU other than English that is not their first language and for whom the study abroad experience will be their first opportunity to spend a significant time living abroad and using the language of study.
This fellowship is open to KU undergraduate students studying a language at KU other than English that is not their first language and for whom the study abroad experience will be their first opportunity to spend a significant time living abroad and using the language of study. Minimum GPA of 2.5 overall, completion of fourth semester of the language of study (with B avg. or better) by the time of the program, and 2.8 in the major. Preference will be given to students majoring or minoring in the language of study, when such a major/minor is available.
All applicants will be required to submit the following items. Applicants who have not begun an application for a study abroad program will not be eligible for the scholarship. Scholarship is open to Summer and Semester study abroad students. Fall, Early Start Fall and Academic Year students should select the Academic Year term cycle when applying for the scholarship. All recipients will be expected to write a thank-you note to the donor. More information is available on the website of the Office of Study Abroad and Global Engagement.
- Scholarship Personal Statement - Applicants must submit a brief essay (500 words or less) explaining how the scholarship will make a difference to them.
- Unofficial Transcript or Advising Report
2019/ 2020 Academic Year
Ryan Lane. Studies French. Global & International Studies major. French minor. Study abroad in Angers, France.
Andrew Brabant. Studies German. Economics major. German Studies minor. Study abroad in Holzkirchen, Germany.
Faith Hofaker. Studies German. Biology major. Study abroad in Holzkirchen, Germany.
Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships
Federally funded Fellowships for students of foreign langauges of critical need, as determined by the U.S. Department of Education. Please visit flas.ku.edu for more information, and to apply.
Application Deadline: Early February 2020. Check flas.ku.edu for updated dates.
Critical Language Study is part of a U.S. Department of Education initiative to encourage students in U.S. American institutions to study and master foreign languages less commonly taught in schools but essential to the nation's positive engagement with the world. Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships provide financial support for students to immerse themselves in the study of a critical language of their choice. KU area studies centers offer programs in 17 languages eligible for FLAS awards during the 2018-2022 Title VI grant cycle.
Undergraduate Academic Year FLAS Fellowships provide up to $10,000 for tuition and a $5,000 stipend. Graduate Academic Year FLAS Fellowships provide up to $18,000 for tuition and a $15,000 stipend. Summer FLAS Fellowships (both undergraduate and graduate) provide up to $5,000 for summer tuition and a stipend of $2,500. Modest travel funds may be available for summer fellowships.
FLAS Fellowships allow students to immerse themselves in the study of a critical language without having the burden of worry financial security. The U.S. Department of Education has certain languages of priority based on areas of national need e.g. working in schooling or governmental positions. The three Centers at KU each have their own specific priorities in order to meet with the needs that the Federal government has outlined. This is to ensure that the most qualified and deserving applicants achieve academic success and in turn contribute to the success of the U.S. Department of Education.
FLAS applications vary depending on the selected language.To learn more about FLAS, and to apply, please visit KU's FLAS website.