The David Hershberg Scholarship for Summer Study Abroad

The David Hershberg Scholarship for Summer Study Abroad was established in memory of David Hershberg, a Louisville educator, mentor, and guiding force in the creation and development of the Louisville International Cultural Center (now the World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana). Dr. Hershberg was a career faculty member in the Department of Classical and Modern Languages at the University of Louisville and was particularly known for his dedication to student development, mentoring thousands of students over the course of his career. Additionally, Dr. Hershberg served as President of the Board of the Louisville International Cultural Center and as a member of its board of directors until his death in December of 2002.

This annual scholarship awards recipients funds of at least $1,500 to 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. Candidates are evaluated on the basis of academic merit and by the importance of their proposed study/research abroad experience for their personal, intellectual, and professional career goals.

The scholarship is administered by the World Affairs Council of Kentucky & Southern Indiana, a non-profit member-based organization whose mission is to promote cross-cultural awareness, education and tolerance through nonpartisan discussions on current international issues.

2017 Hershberg Scholarship Recipients Announced!

2017 Application Information:

The submission window for 2017 applications is now closed.

For more information on how to apply, please see the announcement/document below:

What is the David Hershberg Scholarship?

An annual scholarship which awards recipients funds of at least $1,500 to 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. Candidates are evaluated on the basis of their academic merit and on the importance of their proposed study/research abroad experience for their personal, intellectual, and professional career goals.

What is the purpose of this award?

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 is eligible to apply?

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 or the counties contiguous to Metro Louisville in both Kentucky and Southern Indiana.

This grant is also available to any full-time, degree-seeking student whose permanent residence is within the aforementioned areas but attends an accredited institution of higher learning outside the aforementioned areas (see below).

LIST OF COUNTIES THAT QUALIFY:

Kentucky:

Bullitt
Hardin
Henry
Jefferson
Meade
Nelson
Oldham
Shelby
Spencer
Trimble

Southern Indiana:

Crawford
Clark
Floyd
Harrison
Jefferson
Scott
Washington

When is the application deadline?

Applications are typically due sometime in mid-to-late February. Awards are usually announced between the end of March and beginning of April for educational activities abroad to take place between May and September of the same year.

How do I apply for the scholarship?

To apply for The David Hershberg Scholarship, candidates must submit all appropriate documentation to the World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana before the deadline. (Hand-delivered sealed applications will be accepted up until that time.)

Applications not containing all requested materials 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.  The 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. The committee looks for creative programs that can make a positive contribution to society as well as to their academic program and career path.
  • A description of the educational activities to be pursued during the summer, e.g., research project, a 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 no later than the deadline. Faxed or e-mailed letters will NOT be accepted.
  • Official transcripts of all post-secondary education issued from university registrars. Transcripts are to be mailed directly from the university registrar offices in a sealed envelope to the address below.

Selected recipients of the David Hershberg Scholarship are required to prepare a 10-15 video or PowerPoint presentation of their overseas experiences and present it at a World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana sponsored event.

Where do I send my application?

Applications are accepted electronically or by mail.

  • By email (except for transcripts and recommendation letters): send completed application materials in one (1) single .pdf file to contact@worldkentucky.org, with the subject line, “Hershberg Scholarship Application 2017”
  • By mail:
    The David Hershberg Scholarship
    World Affairs Council of Kentucky & Southern Indiana
    2500 Montgomery Street
    Suite 6
    Louisville, KY 40212

Are there any tips for applying?

Candidates are evaluated on the basis of their academic merit and on the importance of their proposed study/research abroad experience for their personal, intellectual, and professional career goals. The committee looks for creative applications containing study/research proposals that can make a positive contribution to society as well as to the applicant’s academic program and career path.

Examples of past projects funded by the David Hershberg Scholarship:

  • Research on climate change in Iceland
  • Participate in a renewable energy study abroad experience in Pamplona, Spain
  • Research project for the World Health Organization at the International Agency for Cancer Research in Lyon, France
  • Study in Ghana on stress levels of college students who study abroad in developing nations
  • Research in Ghana to compare health issues and barriers there with the US and Pakistan
  • Study intensive Mandarin Chinese courses in Taiwan, along with other language abilities to work on women’s issues, such as combatting sex trafficking in Rural Asia and Latin America
  • Work in a molecular biology lab with a group at University College Dublin in Ireland, which contributes to the development of severe sepsis, acute respiratory distress syndrome, and autoimmune diseases
  • Work as a community facilitator in Tanzania to refer and promote free or low-cost support services to community families through the local schools
  • Focus on global health initiatives and public health in Ghana by working with the local Tamale health department while also conducting independent epidemiological field research for a separate project
  • Travel to Amman, Jordan and study at the Qasid Institute for Classical and Modern Standard Arabic, with plans to work with refugees
  • Attend six-week internship in a medical clinic outside of Chiang Mai, Thailand, followed by two weeks leading a Certificate in Teaching Mastery Workshop in Abuja, Nigeria through Teachers Without Borders
  • Travel to Paros, Greece, to create a virtual tour of the island to promote tourism and intercultural understanding
  • Research Sir Winston Churchill at Kings College University of London