Scholarship Requirements

Scholarship Requirements

  1. Academic Excellence – 3.0 cumulative GPA or above, with preference given to those with higher GPA.
  2. Residence in Santa Clara County for at least six months while studying at a university in Santa Clara County, or residence in Santa Clara County for at least six continuous months immediately prior to enrolling in a university outside of Santa Clara County. Applicants should provide a copy of any two of the following documents to prove their residency: a California Driver’s license with an address in Santa Clara County; a recent income tax return showing a Santa Clara County address; proof of voter registration in Santa Clara County, or a utility bill with the student’s name and address in Santa Clara County. If an applicant resides or resided with another person or persons (such as his or her parents) in Santa Clara County, a utility bill with that other person’s name and address will also be accepted as proof of residency; in such cases, the applicant should indicate his or her relationship to the person whose name appears on the utility bill.
  3. Must have upper division (completion of 60 semester or 90 quarter units) or graduate standing, and a cumulative GPA for all higher education work of 3.0, or better, at the time of the application deadline. Must provide transcripts from all post-secondary schools, colleges, or universities, and are expected to maintain full-time status (15-12 units undergraduates, 12-8 units graduates/semester-quarter) while overseas.
  4. Must be a matriculated student participating in a U.S. university-certified study abroad program in Florence, Italy or enrolled at the University of Florence.
  5. Must describe their interest in Italian culture in one to two paragraphs.
  6. Complete and submit an application, which includes copies of transcripts, statement of purpose and three letters of recommendation. (Two from academic institution and one from appropriate employer/supervisor).
  7. Provide a list summarizing principal academic, non-academic or employment activities and interests (clubs, religious/civic associations, special recognitions, honors, offices held, volunteer work, etc.).
  8. Applicants must declare, or have declared, an appropriate major and/or minor objective to be considered for selection. Graduates must have established classified standing, a second bachelor's objective, or have been admitted to a teaching credential program.
  9. Statement of purpose - an essay of academic and career goals, and unusual or unique objectives or circumstances, with particular areas of interest related to these goals and/or objectives.
  10. Students must demonstrate responsibility to pay the costs above the amount provided by the scholarship and demonstrate some knowledge of the country and/or region in question, seriousness of purpose and the motivation and capacity to adapt to a foreign learning and living environment.

Upon completion of the exchange program, program participants are expected to:

  1. Write an evaluative report about their experiences abroad and present it to the Florence Commission.​
  2. Attend at least one commission event or help at one commission fundraiser.​
  3. Assist with the promotion of study abroad and exchange with Florence, Italy and Sister County Commission Activities.

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