The University of Iowa

Carol A. Snodgrass Scholarship


The Carol A. Snodgrass Scholarship is a competitive, merit-based scholarship to support study abroad in Spain and Latin America. Recipients must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and study abroad for a minimum of four weeks in a formal academic program sponsored by the University of Iowa.  Michael Snodgrass (BA 1987) established the scholarship to honor his mother, Carol, a teacher whose lifelong passion for learning and travel inspired her children and grandchildren to study abroad.  Michael studied in Spain and became a professor of Latin American history.   

Two (2) Carol A. Snodgrass Scholarships of $2,500 each will be awarded annually, one for study in Latin America and one for study in Spain. Study must take place during the Summer session, Fall semester, or Spring semester.

Eligibility requirements

Applicant must:

  • be an undergraduate, full-time, degree-seeking UI CLAS student at the time of program abroad, in good academic standing (College of Liberal Arts major required)
  • have a minimum 3.33 UI cumulative GPA as reported on your unofficial UI grade report
  • have completed at least 24 semester hours at UI and at least one year of Spanish or Portuguese studies by the time of departure
  • be participating in UI-approved Study Abroad program (Spain or Latin America)

Selection procedure and criteria

Applications will be reviewed by a committee consisting of CLAS faculty/staff representatives from International Studies, Spanish/Portuguese Languages, Global Health Studies, and/or Latin American Studies. The following desired criteria will be considered in reviewing applications:

  • Academic and personal objectives that are clearly defined and realistic
  • Academic achievement and preparation
  • Quality and completeness of the essay submissions
  • Factors leading to the selection of the country of study
  • Contribution of study abroad experience to the overall academic program
  • Evidence of maturity, motivation, and adaptability to a different cultural environment

Application Procedure

Students who meet the requirements listed above are encouraged to apply for this scholarship. The application packet will include the application form, one compelling essay statement (1,000 words or less) responding to the prompt listed below, an unofficial grade report (available from MyUI Student Portal), and one letter of reference in sealed, signed envelopes (UI Faculty/Teaching Assistant, preferably one in your major).

ESSAY PROMPT: “How will this study abroad program and the study abroad experience will contribute towards the completion of your major and your future career plans?”

Submit the Semester Merit Scholarships Cover Sheet and completed application packet to the Study Abroad office (1111 University Capitol Centre) by the application deadline. Incomplete application packets will NOT be accepted.

Cover Sheet and Application

Submission Deadline

Spring 2022 - TBA

*The final deadline listed for the application submission is 5:00 p.m. of the date listed above (close of the business day in the Study Abroad office - 1111 University Capitol Center). No applications will be accepted after this deadline!