This scholarship is available twice per year for both fall and spring semester for students who are trying to study abroad. The Ashley Soule Conroy Foundation sponsors this scholarship to help students achieve their college goals, but there is an extensive eligibility and application process. For one, you must demonstrate financial need in order to be eligible, which means that you have to have filled out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid or have an official letter from a school’s home campus. Here are more about the rules and how to apply for the $2,500 award.

Applicant has to demonstrate financial need by including one of the following with their application: FAFSA, official letter of financial need from the school’s home campus, or a letter of need written by the applicant outlining costs and contribution of their family, including a spreadsheet that would indicate the costs of studying abroad. Applicants also need to include a resume which has educational history, work history, awards and honors, and personal interests. There’s also a 500 to 800 word essay on the chosen topic: “Please tell us an experience that has changed or shaped your life.” This is a fairly open topic, so the judges are basically looking for a very personalized essay with a formal structure that stays within word count.

You also need to include an official transcript sent from the home university’s registrar’s office, which must be received no later than 10 days after the application deadline. Applications must also be post marked by July 1st. The ASCF won’t discriminate upon race, ethnicity, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation.

You can find the full application and all of the requirements by downloading the application here. A checklist is included with the application that shows all of the different things that you need to apply, including the checklist, application form, resume, essay, demonstration of financial need, official transcript and a letter of acceptance into a study abroad program.

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