Frances Kirby & Family Memorial Academic Scholarship

Departments: International Education Categories: Graduate Students | Study Abroad | Wisconsin Residents
Amount A variable number of awards are available with $1,200 total.
Availability Annually
Eligibility Criteria Students accepted to Study Abroad Programs offered by the Center for International Education or UW-Eau Claire departments will be considered for grants. Freshmen through graduate students can apply.

Minimum 3.0 GPA; no geographic preference for where applicants will be studying abroad and recipient must be originally from the state of Wisconsin. Selection is based on academic merit, exceptional talent, unique personal characteristics and/or future potential. Financial need is a primary requirement and recipients must demonstrate financial need verified by the UW-Eau Claire Financial Aid office and FAFSA standards, with preference given to students with high FAFSA need.

First preference is to be given to junior or senior geography majors. If there are no students meeting this preference, it is open to all academic fields. Preference will be given to students who have never traveled outside the United States. 

Donor Background:
This scholarship was established in 2007 through the generous support of Donald J. Kirby, a 1968 UW-Eau Claire graduate, who spent his career working in the library profession. Throughout his life, he traveled extensively around the world, constantly learning and appreciating the perspectives of those he met. As a native of Wisconsin, he valued the opportunity to travel and he established this scholarship to encourage other students, especially those who have not traveled abroad, to take advantage of the opportunities offered through the Study Abroad program. He especially wants to help those students whose financial situations would make it difficult for them to participate in the program. He named this scholarship after his family and in particular his mother, Frances, who was always supportive of everything he has done.
Application Procedure An application is available online at the Center for International Education website.
Application Deadline August 15 for winterim/spring programs
February 15 for summer programs
April 15 for fall/academic year programs
Selection Procedure The UW-Eau Claire Study Abroad Grant Committee reviews applications and recommends the recipient to the Director of the Center for International Education.
Selection Deadline Mid-September for winterim/spring programs
Mid-March for summer programs
Mid-May for fall/academic year programs
Notification Notification will be sent by CIE to the recipient by email. The CIE Director will complete and submit a Scholarship Award Form to the Financial Aid office.
Special Notes This scholarship was established in 2007 through the generous support of Donald J. Kirby, a 1968 UW-Eau Claire graduate, who spent his career working in the library profession. Throughout his life, he traveled extensively around the world, constantly learning and appreciating the perspectives of those he met. As a native of Wisconsin, he valued the opportunity to travel and he established this scholarship to encourage other students, especially those who have not traveled abroad, to take advantage of the opportunities offered through the Study Abroad program. He especially wants to help those students whose financial situations would make it difficult for them to participate in the program. He named this scholarship after his family and in particular his mother, Frances, who was always supportive of everything he has done.
Thank You Thank you notes must be sent to Mr. Donald Kirby, in care of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation.