The David Hershberg Scholarship for Summer Study Abroad

November 11, 2013 · No Comments

WHAT: The Board of Directors of the World Affairs Council of Kentucky & Southern Indiana is pleased to announce the David Hershberg Scholarship for international study in the summer of 2014.

Scholarship funds of at least $1500 can be used to help defray the costs of international travel, lodging, and maintenance for a period of at least 21 days of study or research outside the United States. 

Selected recipients of the David Hershberg Scholarship will be asked to commit to providing WAC a 10-15 minute video/PowerPoint presentation describing thier overseas experiences upon thier return. 

WHY: The purpose of this award is (1) to enable the recipient to have an international experience of at least 21 days outside the United States as part of his/her educational development and (2) to provide an opportunity for the recipient to further his/her knowledge of cultures, languages, and societies in other parts of the world.

WHO: Eligibility for this grant is limited to any full time degree seeking student currently enrolled in a degree program at any accredited institution of higher learning in Metro Louisville and contiguous counties in Kentucky and Indiana.  It is also available to any full time degree-seeking student whose permanent residence is in the same area and attends an accredited institution of higher learning outside the area.

This grant was established by the Hershberg family and is administered by the World Affairs Council of Kentucky & Southern Indiana (WAC).  The WAC is an organization whose mission is to improve intercultural understanding through collaboration, coalition-building, diversified programming, and increased community involvement. A selection committee will evaluate applications on the basis of academic merit and the importance of study abroad for the personal, intellectual, and professional development of the candidate.

WHEN: Applications will be accepted after December 1, 2013 with an Application deadline of February 28, 2014.

Awards will be announced by March 17, 2014 for educational activities to take place between May and September 2014.

HOW: To apply for The David Hershberg Scholarship, candidates must submit all appropriate documentation to WAC which is to be received by no later than 4:00 pm on February 28, 2014.

Applications that do not have all requested material by February 28, 2014 will NOT be eligible for the award.

One (1) copy of each of following materials is required:

  • A resume indicating relevant academic and work experience plus any previous international experiences. Resume must contain name, both current and permanent addresses, email address and phone numbers. Clearly label which address is to be used for contact.
  • A personal statement (maximum 500 words) explaining the reasons for wishing to study abroad and outlining what the candidate hopes to achieve by participating in this program.
  • A description of the educational activities to be pursued during the summer, e.g., a research project, language study program, work internship, course enrollment, or other.
  • A travel itinerary and estimated budget, specifying additional sources of funding to which he/she will have access and/or for which he/she intends to apply.
  •  Two (2) letters of recommendation, at least one of which should be an academic reference on university letterhead. These letters must be submitted in a sealed envelope and sent separately by the instructor or person recommending the student to the address below; please note that letters of recommendation must be received by February 28, 2014.  Faxed or e-mailed letters will NOT be accepted.
  • Official transcripts of all post-secondary education issued from the university registrars. Transcripts are to be mailed directly from the university registrar offices in a sealed envelope to the address below.

Send all completed applications, letters of recommendation and Official Transcripts to:

The David Hershberg Scholarship
World Affairs Council
200 West Broadway, Suite 607
Louisville, KY 40202


The Hershberg Scholarship
The Hershberg Scholarship Awards are made possible thanks to a generous gift from the Hershberg family to the World Affairs Council. The award is established in the memory of David Hershberg, a Louisville educator, mentor for thousands of students, and guiding force in the creation and development of the Louisville International Cultural Center (now the World Affairs Council of Kentucky/Southern Indiana).

Dr. Hershberg was a career faculty member in Romance Languages at the University of Louisville, and was a key part of the initial group which formed the Louisville International Cultural Center. He served as President of the Board and as a member of its Board of Directors until his death in December of 2002. He was an exceptional teacher and leader and was particularly known for his dedication to his students and their development.

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