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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 $8,000 each to students majoring or minoring in any language in MFLL. These awards may be used to support study abroad on a UT‐approved (but not necessarily UT-run) program for a semester or year in partial fulfillment of the Major or Minor, or to support research done abroad in the area of the Major; summer awards of up to $1500 each will also be made if funds remain each year. Awards are decided by a committee of MFLL faculty based on applicants’ overall GPA, GPA in the major or minor, a statement of intent describing how the awards will be used, and a brief letter of recommendation from an MFLL faculty member who knows the student’s work. All declared MFLL majors or minors with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 are eligible for a Mossman Scholars Endowment Award.

PLEASE NOTE: the application form still lists a major or minor in a Romance language as a requirement, but the award criteria have recently been expanded to include all languages in MFLL.

Awards may be used for two purposes:

  1. Semester or year‐long study abroad programs approved by UT, to take place during fall and/or spring semesters; summer study programs may also be supported when funds are not depleted during the academic year. 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, as well as actual participation in the study abroad program.
  2. 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 Sarah Eldridge, Director of Undergraduate Studies,, by October 1st and March 31st (Feb 1st for summer) of each academic year for the following semester (or year). Very brief letters of recommendation (via email) should be requested from GTAs or Faculty a few weeks before the respective deadline.

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