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Guidelines for International Travel Scholarship Program
Deadline for entry: Friday, March 18, 2016

Scholarships in the amount $2,500.00 will be awarded for international travel trips taking place spring and summer of 2017.

1. Student Eligibility

  • must be 18 years old by the time the trip departs
  • have at least 12 hours of college-level credit with a minimum 2.0 GPA
  • plan to enroll in WSCC classes during the 2016-2017 school year
  • must be in good standing with the college in regard to academics, finances, and conduct All fees, citations, tuition and any required repayments of financial aid must be taken care of before entering the contest
  • may be part-time, full-time or even audit as long as the International Fee has been paid
    2. Cover page
  • full name
  • mailing address
  • WSCC Student ID W#
  • StarNET e-mail address
  • 2 phone numbers where the student may be reached
  • name a country of interest

3. Writing the essay

Anonymous essays are to be no more than 1000 words, typed and double-spaced. Explain the value of an international trip, include individual and academic goals, and show ways in which traveling abroad would enhance and enrich these goals. Discussing ways in which previous WSCC classes have contributed to personal growth is also appropriate. In addition to these criteria, essays will be judged on overall impression, sincerity, and persuasiveness. Students should include their college and community activities and service, but avoid including any personal information that would identify them.

4. Submission information

The final deadline for essay submission is on Friday, March 18, 2016, at 4:00 pm. Submit the cover sheet and essay in a sealed envelope through campus mail to Eileen Bowers, International Education Specialist, on the Morristown Campus, Mail Box 153 or by email to – phone number is 423-318-2347. Students on the Morristown campus should drop it off in the campus post office, CCEN125. Students on other campuses may submit essays through the campus administrative office. All essays must be submitted by 4 p.m. on Friday, March 18th.

5. Pick your trip!

Successful applicants will choose one of the WSCC approved international travel trips for spring or summer, 2017 or a trip with the Tennessee Consortium on International Studies (TnCIS). TnCIS trips are listed at this website: These will be updated by October 1, 2016. Contact Eileen Bowers (423-318-2347) or in Student Affairs for more information.

Members of the International Fee Oversight Committee will judge essays anonymously to determine finalists. Student members of the committee who wish to enter the contest will be excused from judging and replaced by a student appointed by the Vice President of Student Affairs. Trip coordinators will also be excused from judging.

The top applicants will be interviewed by judges before final decisions are reached. Interviews will take place in early June 2016, the week following Commencement. Successful applicants will be contacted by mail during summer semester 2016.

Amount of funds awarded will not cover all trip expenses. Scholarship recipients are responsible for additional expenses not covered by the scholarship amount. Passport, insurance and incidentals are solely the responsibility of the student.

Applicants accepting scholarship funds will be required to document at least one talk/presentation before a Walters State group before or after the trip – specific details will be scheduled on an individual basis. This could include talking to a Walters State class telling of your expectations and/or of your adventures traveling abroad, a presentation during Learning in the Lyceum or the International Festival.