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Excellence in the Liberal Arts Award

Dr. Dan Lee, professor of religion, and his wife, Ruth Lee, established the Excellence in the Liberal Arts Award, which provides Augustana students with $400-$4,000 for international study or summer programs in the humanities.

The award recognizes students’ academic achievements, the amount of scholarly work done in the liberal arts, including the humanities, achievement in co-curricular programs and leadership and service both on-campus and off-campus.

Applications are due March 12, 2018.

How to apply

To be eligible, a student must have a GPA of 3.5 or higher at the time of application and have attained junior standing (as determined by number of credits completed).

Students from all majors may apply. Priority will be given to students who have done significant work in the liberal arts beyond satisfying the general education requirements, including significant work in the humanities (classics, English, ethics, history, philosophy, religion, and/or world languages, literatures and cultures.)

Letters of application should be addressed to Dr. Gail Summer, provost and chief academic officer, and submitted to Sherry Docherty by March 12. Applications which arrive after that date will not be considered.

Letters of application should note:
• Amount of work done in the liberal arts, including the humanities
• Academic achievement, including special awards and recognition
• Achievement in co-curricular programs
• Leadership and service (including in off-campus programs and activities)

Along with the letter of application, each applicant should submit

• A copy of her or his transcript,
• A 300-500 word essay indicating the ways in which her or his educational experiences have been enriched by the liberal arts
• Names of two references.

Selection

Selection decisions will be made by a faculty committee chaired by a tenured faculty member who teaches in the humanities and comprised of representatives from each division. The cCommittee will review the applications and will rank in order the top 10 applicants, evaluating applicants in each of the following categories with the rankings based on the combined scores in these five categories:

• Amount of work done in the liberal arts, including the humanities
• Academic achievement, including special awards and recognition
• Leadership and service (including in off-campus programs and activities)
• Quality of essay

The committee will forward to the director of financial assistance the names of the top 10 applicants, ranked from 1 to 10. She will then determine the number of scholarships to be awarded, starting with the person at the top of the list, and the amount of the awards, which, beyond the minimum amount of $400, will be based on financial need. The maximum amount will be $4,000.

The number of scholarships awarded in a particular year will depend on the funds available for that year. The scholarships will be awarded for the student’s senior year. Funds may be used for international study or summer programs in the humanities, such as summer language programs in Spain or Ecuador or the Yale Summer Bioethics Institute. The scholarships may be used once the student has attained senior status (as determined by number of credits completed). They must be used prior to graduation from Augustana College.

Contact:

Sherry Docherty, 309-794-7312

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