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University of Hartford Study Abroad Scholarships

Domenica Di Matteo Scholarship

This scholarship is to honor the memory of Domenica Di Matteo, Study Abroad Advisor, Student Mentor and Advocate,  by enhancing opportunities to study abroad for qualified students with financial need.  This award can be used to support travel and/or living expenses incurred as part of studying abroad.


Gladys & Robert Dunn Scholarship

Gladys and Robert Dunn are large supporters of international education.  They have set up a scholarship fund to assist University of Hartford students with the financial costs of study abroad. This award can be used to support travel and/or living expenses incurred as part of studying abroad.

Criteria: Scholarships can only be awarded to undergraduate students participating in a credit-bearing University of Hartford program.  Scholarships are awarded based on financial need, cumulative grade point average and on the merit of the submitted essay. Include a typed 1- 2 page double-spaced essay with 1-inch margins and 12 pt. font.

Applications for both the Domenica Di Matteo and Gladys & Robert Dunn Scholarships:

Interested students should 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
  • 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 UH account or a check will be mailed to your permanent address.

Applications for the Domenica Di Matteo and the Gladys and Robert Dunn scholarships should be submitted to Meaghan Murphy, GSU 327, 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.