Joseph Dymond Scholarship for Educational Travel

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Applications are invited for the first annual Joseph Dymond Scholarship for undergraduate majors in Geography and Environmental Studies. This is a competitive financial award that takes into consideration merit and/or financial need.

Geography Professor Joseph Dymond traveled extensively, taught short term study abroad courses, and saw first hand the transformative power of these experiences in undergraduate education. He believed in the power of geography and mapping to do practical things, and to make people’s lives better. This scholarship honors his passion for travel and research outside of the United States by supporting undergraduates intending to study abroad (both short-term and semester-long programs) or conduct research abroad. 

Applications are due by March 1, 2020, to [email protected]. Please include “Joseph Dymond Scholarship Application” in the subject line of the email.

About the Award

Awards will average $1,500. Up to two awards may be given. The scholarship can be used for study/research abroad starting June 1, 2020, through May 2021.

Application Requirements

  1. Financial aid award letter or short statement of financial need
  2. Unofficial transcript
  3. An essay of approximately 500-750 words that answers four questions:
    • What classes do you plan to take and/or what research do you hope to conduct?
    • Why did you choose your particular destination and what do you hope to learn about this place?
    • How does participating in this program serve your long-term personal, professional and educational goals? 
    • How do you believe this experience will enhance your understanding of the world as a Geographer or Environmental Studies major?

Awardee Responsibilities

Students who are awarded the Joseph Dymond Scholarship will be expected to post at least one entry on our Geography Department social media platforms (ie. website and Facebook) that communicates aspects of their experience or helps future geographers and environmental studies students learn more about the country and the specific academic program and location. Students are also encouraged to participate in the GW annual Research Day, if their experience includes a research project.