Fred Birdsong, '34 chemical engineering, and his wife Mary Lou, established this scholarship fund to broaden the educational experience of undergraduate engineering students. The uniqueness of the award is the requirement that engineering students gain international experience by undertaking studies in a discipline other than engineering. 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 Samuel Ginn College of Engineering at Auburn University
- Cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or greater
- At least sophomore standing
- One year of study remaining upon return to Auburn University
- Complete the general application through the Auburn University Scholarship Opportunity Manager (AUSOM).
- Fill out the Birdsong application form.
- Email this form to Stuart Wentworth at email@example.com. Also note that instructions for preparing your proposal are listed at the bottom of the application form.
- Prepare a five-page proposal that includes a detailed itinerary, itemized budget, courses you plan to study (if any), school you plan to attend (if any), places/events that you plan to visit and how this experience partners with your goals as an engineering student. The proposal may contain supporting images. Email a pdf version of this proposal to Stuart Wentworth at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Two faculty recommendations are also required, and at least one of the recommendations should come from engineering faculty. These recommendations may be emailed directly from the recommenders to Stuart Wentworth, or they may be converted to a pdf and sent in with the proposal.
- The deadline for submission is Feb. 15 of each calendar year.
- Students are encouraged to meet with Stuart Wentworth, in 305 Broun Hall, before submitting a proposal.
- Awards are based on the earnings of the Birdsong endowment and vary from year to year.
- Four to six scholarships have been awarded annually.
- The amount depends on the characteristics of the proposal, uniqueness of the cultural experience, location, and length of time.
- Some proposals receive full awarding, while others are partially awarded. In recent years, awards ranged from $1,500 to $5,000.
Email - Stuart Wentworth
100+Women Strong Study Abroad Scholarship Information
Participation requirement: Written application
Number given per year: Varies, depending on support
Engineering majors: Open to all engineering disciplines
Email - Jessica Taylor