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Birdsong Study Abroad Scholarship


The Birdsong Study Abroad Scholarship aids undergraduate engineering students who wish to gain international experience by undertaking studies in a discipline other than engineering. Fred Birdsong, '34 chemical engineering, and his wife Mary Lou, established the scholarship to broaden the educational experience of engineering students. Birdsong scholarships have been awarded for a variety of endeavors, such as developing expertise in playing flamenco guitar in Spain, experiencing a culinary tour of Europe, investigating tropic marine ecology on the Great Barrier Reef off of Australia, and a study of Italian literature in Taormina, Italy.


  • Full-time undergraduate student in the College of Engineering

  • Cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or greater

  • Sophomore standing or above

  • One year or more of study remaining upon return to Auburn University


  • Awards are based on funding from the Birdsong endowment.

  • Four to six scholarships are awarded annually.

  • Funding is contingent on the characteristics of the proposal, uniqueness of the cultural experience, location and length of time.

  • Some proposals receive full funding while others are partially funded; in recent years. awarded ranged from $1,500 to $5,000.

Nomination deadline

Nominations are due Feb. 15. Award recipients will be honored at the College of Engineering's spring awards ceremony. 

If you have any questions about the online nomination process, please contact Angie Lemke at

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Last Updated: 12/15/17 1:28 PM