WVU HSC Student Travel Awards

Introduction
The Global Engagement Office (GEO) of the West Virginia University (WVU) Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center (HSC) is pleased to announce the availability of five competitive scholarship opportunities for students currently enrolled in degree programs within the HSC. The purpose of these awards is to support expenses related to participation in global health field placements.

Application Process
These awards will utilize a self-nomination process and are open to any currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate student in good standing in the HSC. Please note that in no instance will a student be awarded more than one award, nor be considered competitively in subsequent years of study after having received an award. Up to five awards of $2,000 each are available for the 2015-16 academic year.

The selection process is coordinated through the GEO and will reflect the selection criteria below. Completed applications should be sent electronically to Ashley Boateng (ahboateng@hsc.wvu.edu) and must be received by November 15, 2015.

A completed application consists of the following:

  • A statement (one page maximum, 12 pt. font, 1” margins) that includes: Applicant’s academic and professional background, Specific interests and career goals, How the applicant would use the scholarship if selected
  • A curriculum vitae
  • Two recommendations, submitted electronically by the recommenders, from individuals familiar with the nominee’s academic performance and achievements, as well as actual and/or potential professional impact on the student’s field of study. One recommendation must be from a faculty member within the student’s department.

Selection Criteria
The GEO Awards Committee will review applicants based on:

  • academic excellence
  • demonstrated leadership
  • potential and/or evidence of impact of work
  • commitment to improving and advancing global health within the HSC

Preference will be given to students participating in inter-professional global health activities (sites in which students interact with those from other HSC schools) and from programs currently considered to be relatively underrepresented in global health activities.