Center for Prestigious Scholars: Expanding Your World

Part of "becoming a university" is preparing highly academically successful students to study, do research, and teach English abroad. Organizations around the country and the world have allocated funds to support this international endeavor. Students and institutions benefit from global experiences and enrich their environment wherever they spend time. Conversations in the classroom change as a result of multilingual and multicultural experiences of both the faculty and the students. Students who have not had the opportunity to study abroad, learn a second or third language, or teach non-English-speaking people gain from the experiences of students around them who have had those opportunities.

At UVU we are committing resources to enhance the likelihood that UVU students will be awarded a Prestigious Scholarship. Memberships are being arranged in organizations that help campus representatives understand the advising process as well as training from the various organizations who administer the scholarships is being accessed.

Don't miss your chance to explore the possibilities!


Public and private foundations and entities allocate funds to encourage students to: 1) earn a degree from a foreign university; 2) learn a language in the country in which it is spoken; 3) do research abroad; and 4) teach English in a non-English speaking country. The award amounts, deadlines, application policies and procedures are determined by the funding entity. A chart on this website provides organizational information and application procedures. Scholarships funded in this manner are called "prestigious" because very few awards are given domestically and internationally. Highly successful academic achievement and an expansive resume are usually required to be competitive, however, there are exceptions to that criteria.

An example of some Prestigious Scholarships are:



Information about the Fulbright scholarship. The Fulbright program for U.S. students is designed to increase mutual understanding between the peoples of the United States and other countries, through the exchange of persons, knowledge, and skills.



The Gilman Scholarship Program offers awards for undergraduate study abroad and was established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000. This scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs worldwide.



Information about the Boren scholarship. Boren Scholarships provide American undergraduate students with the resources and encouragement they need to acquire skills and experiences in areas of the world critical to the future security of our nation, in exchange for their commitment to seek work in the federal government.



Information about the Carnegie scholarship. The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, in Washington, DC, allows graduating seniors the opportunity to be junior research fellows. The students will work with senior associates on international affairs issues.

Applicants must be graduating college seniors or have graduated within the past academic year and have not yet begun graduate studies. Students must be nominated by their university and should have extensive coursework in international affairs, political science, economics, history, or Russian studies.

A monthly salary of $2,750 and a $400 allowance for relocating to Washington, DC. Medical, dental, and life insurance, and vacation leave are also available.