Naomi Gunderson Scholarship for Foreign Language Study Abroad


Naomi Gunderson earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa in 1916 and her master’s degree in 1919. She went on to teach Latin, Spanish and English in Iowa and California high schools. Upon her death at age 92, Naomi Gunderson left a bequest to the University of Iowa to provide scholarships to students who wish to spend at least a semester in the country whose language they are studying. This award is a fitting tribute to a remarkable teacher who, in order to prepare herself for teaching Spanish, made several trips to Mexico to study.

This Naomi Gunderson scholarship is specifically designed for undergraduate students who are committed to develop advanced language proficiency. Up to two (2) scholarships awards of $1,000 each are awarded each semester.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must:

be an undergraduate, full-time, degree-seeking UI student
be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
have completed one year of language study by the application deadline
have a minimum 3.33 GPA (UI cumulative)
propose to study abroad for at least one semester during the academic year

Selection procedure and criteria

This is a merit-based, competitive scholarship; applications reviewed by members of the Study Abroad Scholarship Committee. The following criteria are used in recommending awards:

academic and personal objectives which are clearly defined and realistic
academic achievement and preparation
quality and completeness of the essay submissions
demonstrated interest in language learning in addition to cultural advancement
contribution of the study abroad experience to the student’s overall academic program
evidence of maturity, motivation and adaptability to a different cultural environment