Mershon Center for International Security Studies
Ralph D. Mershon Study Abroad Scholarship
The Mershon Center for International Security Studies has established the Ralph D. Mershon
Study Abroad Scholarship to support undergraduates who wish to enhance their educational
experience by studying in a foreign country.
Students are encouraged to take foreign language courses, especially those deemed critical for
national security, such as Arabic, Chinese, Russian, Hindi, Farsi, and others. Priority will be
given to students who are preparing for a career related to international security studies.
Applications will be evaluated by an interdisciplinary review committee that will make
recommendations to the director of the Mershon Center. As many as 10 scholarships of up to
$2,000 each will be awarded.
The criteria for evaluation of proposals are:
The student’s planned course of study abroad and its applicability to one or more of
the Mershon Center’s three main research themes.
The quality of the student’s performance at Ohio State.
How the study abroad program fits into a student’s major and career plans, and helps
prepare the student for a career in international security affairs.
Applications must contain four parts:
Completed application form.
Statement of purpose that outlines the student’s planned course of study abroad, and
discusses its relevance to the student’s academic, professional and personal goals.
Letter of recommendation from an Ohio State faculty member.
Copy of student’s advising report.
Applications must be submitted in both electronic and hard copy format by Friday, April 6,
Hard copies should be sent to:
Ralph D. Mershon Study Abroad Program
Attn: Grants, Fellowships, and Scholarship Coordinator
1501 Neil Ave.
Columbus, OH 43201.
Electronic copies in Microsoft Word (preferred) or WordPerfect should be sent as e-mail
attachments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students with winning scholarship applications will be informed during spring quarter. Funds will
not be awarded to the chosen applicants until proof of travel insurance has been provided. All
students are required to enroll in the University's supplemental health insurance. Funds may be
accessed beginning July 1, 2012, and will be available for study abroad before June 30, 2013.
Students are welcome to apply to scholarships through the Office of International Affairs and to
the Ralph D Mershon study abroad scholarship. Students who receive funding from the Office of
International Affairs will not be considered for additional funding from the Mershon Center.
Students are eligible to receive the Ralph D Mershon scholarship in consecutive years.
Ralph D. Mershon Study Abroad Scholarship 2012
Student’s Name (Last, First):
Mailing Address (where you can be contacted during May and June)
City, State, Zip:
City, State, Zip:
Phone Numbers (please list all applicable)
Current Rank: Freshman
Country where you wish to study abroad:
Name of study abroad program:
Quarter in which you wish to study abroad: Summer 2012