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University of Hartford Study Abroad Scholarships

First year london Scholarship

Two $500 scholarships will be awarded to the first two eligible applicants to the First Year London program. This program is open to all students who have successfully completed their freshmen year, and is designed to introduce students to study abroad. The first two eligible applicants to submit a completed online application and the $1,000 deposit will receive a $500 scholarship for First Year London.

Eligibility Requirements: minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA, no current judicial sanctions or financial holds

Requirements Following the Program: Recipients must submit a minimum of five photos to the International Center. Photos should depict the student engaged in a cultural experience abroad, and can feature just the student or other peers as well.

Deadline to Apply: rolling acceptance; the first two eligible applicants to submit a completed application will automatically receive this scholarship


Domenica Di Matteo Scholarship

This scholarship honors the memory of the late Domenica Di Matteo, Study Abroad Advisor, student mentor and advocate. This scholarship enhances the opportunity to study abroad for qualified students with financial aid, and can be used to support travel and/or living expenses while abroad. Maximum award is $1,000.00.

Eligibility Requirements: minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA, no current judicial sanctions or financial holds; must demonstrate financial need

Requirements Following the Program: Recipients must submit a minimum of five photos to the International Center. Photos should depict the student engaged in a cultural experience abroad, and can feature just the student or other peers as well.

Deadline to Apply: November 15 for winter and spring semester programs; April 15 for summer and fall semester programs.


Gladys & Robert Dunn Scholarship

Gladys and Robert Dunn are strong supporters of international education experiences, and have graciously set up a scholarship fund for UHart students with financial aid who would like to study abroad during their college career. The scholarship can be applied to travel and/or living expenses while abroad. Maximum award is $1,500.00.

Eligibility Requirements: minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA; must demonstrate financial need. Applicants must have submitted a completed online study abroad application and deposit.

Requirements Following the Program: students must write a thank you note to the Dunns, and submit a short essay detailing their education abroad experience. Recipients must also submit a minimum of five photos to the International Center. Photos should depict the student engaged in a cultural experience abroad, and can feature just the student or other peers as well.

Deadline to Apply: November 15 for winter and spring semester programs; April 15 for summer and fall semester programs.


International Experience Endowed Fund

Students interested in studying abroad, conducting research, or working with NGOs in the Caribbean, Central and South America, or Africa are encouraged to apply for this scholarship which can be used towards travel and/or living expenses while overseas. Maximum award is $1,500.00.

Eligibility Requirements: minimum cumulative 2.75 GPA; must be going to a non-traditional location in the Caribbean, Central America, South America or Africa; preference is given to students conducting research or working with nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in the Caribbean region or in Africa. 

Requirements Following the Program: students must write a thank you note and submit an essay for the donor, detailing the impact of their experience abroad. Students must also submit a minimum of five photos to the International Center. Photos should depict the student engaged in a cultural experience abroad, and can feature just the student or other peers as well.

Deadline to Apply: November 15 for winter and spring semester programs; April 15 for summer and fall semester programs.

Application Process for the Domenica Di Matteo, Gladys & Robert Dunn, & International Experience endowed fund Scholarships:

Interested students must write a 1-2 page essay with the following information on the title page:

  • Applicant’s full name
  • Title of essay
  • UHA Student ID #
  • Major
  • Graduation Year
  • Program name, location, and term

Your 1-2 page essay must answer the following questions. Be as specific as possible.

  1. How do you anticipate that study abroad will impact: a) your personal goals? b) your academic goals? c) your long-term goals?
  2. Why did you select the program listed on your application?
  3. What do you feel you can contribute to the program (your peers, your host culture, etc)?
  4. How are you preparing for your experience?
  5. In your opinion, why do you deserve this scholarship?

Please be thoughtful in the presentation and quality of your essay, in terms of grammar, style, and attention to detail. Essays that do not follow formatting (i.e. answering the essay questions or forgetting to include the personal information requested above) or length requirements will not be accepted. A reflection paper upon your return should be submitted to the Study Abroad Office; this paper should be 1-2 pages in length.  Please note: for short-term program applicants, scholarships will only be awarded to those students who have paid the program deposit by the scholarship deadline. 

Deadlines to submit scholarship applications are as follows:

-  November 15     Winter & Spring programs

-  April 15              Fall & Summer programs

Disbursement of Funds:The scholarship will either be awarded to your UHart account or a check will be mailed to your permanent address.

Applications for the Domenica Di Matteo, the Gladys and Robert Dunn, and International Experience Endowed Fund scholarships should be submitted to Meaghan Murphy, GSU 309, 860-768-5100


Other University of Hartford Scholarships

John G. Martin Scholarship

The Martin Scholarship program sends one University of Hartford graduate to Hertford College of Oxford University. Oxford Undergraduate and Graduate bulletins are also available at the Auerbach Computer Center 330 to help you decide which program you might like to pursue.

Contact for information: Dr. Guy C. Colarulli, Associate Provost and Coordinator of the Martin Scholarship Program, CC330, 860.768.4696 or Dr. Mark Blackwell, Director of University Honors Program, A212H, 860.768.4941


Elizabeth Williams Cathles Award

The University Libraries and Honors Program invite applications for the Elizabeth Williams Cathles Award in support of student research in a variety of disciplines and with broad interests. The award recipient is expected to present a paper at the end of the year as part of the appropriate Graduate or Undergraduate Research Colloquium.

Elizabeth (Betsy) Williams Cathles had a lifelong love of natural history and human cultures, a unique sense of the importance of travel, and a great appreciation for the adventure of learning, discussion, and travel. In her last decade, one of her favorite activities was serving as a volunteer in the Mortensen Library Archives.

To honor her, Betsy’s family and friends have endowed a student research project with the possibility of delving into the University of Hartford’s library resources as well as collections of histories, philosophies, and cultures in other research institutions. 

The Research Award Eligibility

Undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Hartford are eligible for the Cathles Award. The desired areas of research are the humanities and the social sciences, with a preference given to cross-cultural or international research. 

Student Qualification and the Application Process

-  Normally a student must have at least a 3.25 average. 

-  Students should (1) be nominated by a faculty sponsor, and (2) submit a one- to two-page description of the proposed research. These resources can include books, equipment, release time from employment, and domestic travel to research sites. Funds may not be used to pay for transportation to a study abroad location but may be used to provide time for research that otherwise would be devoted to paid employment.

- The maximum grant for any individual student project will be $2,000 (no more than $1,000 per semester). 

- The  application deadlines are October 1 and February 15. 

Inquiries and proposals should be directed in to:

Don Jones, Director of the University Honors Program and Randi Ashton-Pritting, Director, University Libraries.

Selection of successful proposals will be the responsibility of a committee.