|IFSA-Butler First Generation College Student Program|
First generation college students have some of the lowest study abroad participation rates among U.S. college students, and IFSA-Butler wants to change that. Our new, achievement-based scholarship program offers first generation college students significant financial, academic and preprofessional support for study abroad on a semester or year IFSA-Butler program.
Applicants to the First Generation Scholar Program must complete and return the Financial Footprint form. Click here to download the form.
Reimbursements and Expenses Covered
Reimbursements and expenses covered include:
Why are so many up-front costs covered by this scholarship?
Why a resume building workshop?
IFSA-Butler considers the following factors in choosing First Generation Scholars:
We know that not everyone is a great writer, but we want to give everyone an opportunity to tell us their story and more about themselves. We recommend the following resume and essay writing help sites:
The First Generation Scholar Program is a competitive scholarship, and the quality of an applicant's essay is the most influential criteria in the selection of recipients. We encourage applicants to read previous recipients' essays as examples of strong, compelling stories about the first generation college experience. Click on the Recipients and Essays tab on this page, and check out the following essay writing tips online:
Please submit your essay and CV/resume in Word or PDF to Becki Niccum by the application deadline. Be sure to include the following:
Each applicant should choose one essay topic from the options below:
Tell your first generation college story in your own voice! Your story doesn't have to be dramatic, just engaging and reflective.
IFSA-Butler offers several programs that are willing to provide specialized support to our First Gen scholars, along with additional assistance from our on-site resident staff. These locations have been identified as spotlight programs for their great academics, pre-professional support and discipline areas and affordability.
Students applying for the First Generation College Student Scholarship are given special consideration if they are applying for one of these IFSA-Butler programs.
For Parents & Families
IFSA-Butler takes special care to provide assistance and additional support to parents and families of first generation college students. We know that the study abroad process—with complicated travel arrangements, visa applications, unfamiliar academics and the mysteries of a different culture, to name a few—can be daunting. We work closely with our students' families to make the application process, predeparture preparations and in-country adjustment as smooth as possible.
We recommend the following resources for parents and families of first generation college students interested in study abroad:
Share your story!
Recipients and Essays
Congratulations to our Spring 2015 scholarship recipients! All of our recipients submitted an outstanding essay and a resume as part of the application process. Below are PDF versions of their winning essays.
Aaron Rowbotham, University of Alaska Anchorage
Ashley Christopherson, Franklin & Marshall College
Janisa San Agustin, Saint Martin's University
Congratulations to our Fall 2014 scholarship recipients! All of our recipients submitted an outstanding essay and a resume as part of the application process. Below are PDF versions of their winning essays.
Dulce Castañeda, Northwestern University
Erik Liu, Davidson College
Melissa Atkins, University of Redlands
Congratulations to our spring 2014 scholarship recipients! All of our recipeints submitted an outstanding essay and a resume as part of the application process. Below are PDF versions of their winning essays.
Caleb Bradford, Princeton University
Danielle Palmieri, Connecticut College
Genessi de los Santos, American University
Congratulations to our fall 2013 scholarship recipients! All of our recipeints submitted an outstanding essay and a resume as part of the application process. Below are PDF versions of their winning essays.
Ashley Adams, Davidson College
Karina Casanova, Brandeis University
Keith Mattern, Bucknell University
Odalmy Molina, Brown University
Sandy Xiong, Gustavus Adolphus College
Congratulations to our spring 2013 scholarship recipients! Below are PDF versions of their winning essays and links to their blogs.
Laney Lenox, Millsaps College
Sehrish Shikarpuriya, Emory University
Karly Ziegler, McDaniel College
Congratulations to our fall 2012 scholarship recipient, Emily Buss. Below is a PDF of her winning essay and a link to her blog.
Emily Buss, University of Wisconsin at Madison