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Mossman Scholars Endowment Awards

Thanks to the generosity of Kenneth and Blaire Mossman and the Mossman Family Trust, the Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures (MFLL) is pleased to offer award opportunities up to $5,000 each to students majoring in MFLL with a concentration in a Romance language (French, Italian, Portuguese, or Spanish; Language and World Business students with a concentration in one of these languages are eligible to apply). These awards may be used to support study abroad on a UTK‐approved program for a semester or year in partial fulfillment of the Major, or to support research done abroad in the area of the Major. Awards are decided by a committee of MFLL faculty based on applicants’ overall GPA, GPA in the major, a statement of intent describing how the awards will be used, and a letter of recommendation from an MFLL faculty member. All declared MFLL majors who will be juniors at the time of the award, with a concentration in a Romance language and a cumulative GPA of 3.5, are eligible for a Mossman Scholars Endowment Award.

Awards may be used for two purposes:

  • Semester or year‐long study abroad programs approved by UTK, to take place during fall and/or spring semesters. Students may apply for a Mossman scholarship before receiving official acceptance from the Programs Abroad Office, although receipt of the funds is contingent on this acceptance and continued GPA eligibility. These scholarships may not be used for summer study abroad.
  • Research seed money, i.e., travel to archives or to do other types of research or contact‐building related to the student’s MFLL major. This travel may take place during the academic year or during summer.

To apply for a scholarship, submit all the required materials listed on the Mossman Scholarship application form to Stephen Blackwell, Director of Undergraduate Studies, 701 McClung Tower, sblackwe@utk.edu, by October 1st and March 31 of each academic year for the following semester (or year). Letters of recommendation should be requested from Faculty Sept. 9 or Mar. 8, respectively.

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