The focus of the award is a project to raise awareness of study abroad, through a project the student undertakes. The "project proposal" is the only criteria used in determining the award amount. This award is neither merit nor needs based. It is based entirely on the dedication, innovation, and work a student is prepared to commit to their program.
There are 4 criteria we look at on the projects:
1 - Work. The committee tries to determine how many hours the project would require of the student.
2 - Eyes. How many people would see/be exposed to the project? I always use the example of making a replica of the Eiffel Tower out of toothpicks. It would take a LOT of time, but if your project did not address how people would see it, the proposal would lose points in the "eyes" category.
3 - Prestige. Writing an article for the Study Abroad newsletter is not as prestigious as writing an article for the Signpost, which isn't as prestigious as writing an article for the SLC Tribune. Doing classroom presentations is not as prestigious as presenting the Utah House of Representatives. Etc.
4 - Innovation. This category is worth the most points. The application gives some examples of previous projects and project ideas. But if it is something we've never seen before or something that would be exceptionally high quality, it will get more points during the review process.
Application: Opportunity Award
Deadline for Spring 2021: November 15, 2020
Deadline for Summer 2021: March 15, 2021
Deadline for Fall 2021: April 16, 2021
If you have any questions, please contact the Study Abroad Director, Rebecca Schwartz, at email@example.com