Fall 2020 Global Service Learning Scholarship

Open to all GSU students who are front-line workers in the midst of COVID-19 and/or who are living out the spirit of service in their local communities


Award Amount: 5 scholarships of $1,000

 Deadline to submit application: Friday, November 6, 2020

The Global Service Learning Scholarship was created to give GSU students the opportunity to serve abroad. Although we are not able to travel during this time, much help is needed in our own communities. We would like to give students the opportunity to receive an award for the good work they are doing locally, particularly those who are living out the spirit of service in their daily life.


  1.  Must be enrolled as a full time student with a minimum GPA of 2.5 undergraduate or 3.0 graduate & doctoral;
  2.  Must be in good financial and community standing at GSU.

Required Documentation:

  1.  Application: Foundation Scholarship Application.
  2.  Essay 800 - 1,000 words:  Describe what you are doing to make life better for your community or as a front line worker or first responder during COVID-19.
  3.  Submit an informative or creative video effectively reflecting or highlighting your community or first responder contributions.
    1. Videos no longer than 3 minutes.
    2. Videos may be taken with camcorder, digital camera, or smart phone.
    3. Alternatively, a Power Point presentation can be converted to a video.

Directions for applying: 
Email your application to ois@govst.edu no later than November 6th with the subject “Global Service Learning Scholarship”. Email must contain the application, essay and video link or video attachment.  

Video submission options:

YouTube link: Copy and paste the link within:

Essay Submission (at the end is fine)

Within body of email when submitting application and essay. 

Create a YouTube account and upload your video using the Unlisted setting. Setting up an account is quick and pretty easy.  If you get confused, please watch one of YouTube’s video tutorials on how to upload videos (for example, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzpG_MkIPuY). 

PLEASE remember that the "Unlisted" setting is MANDATORY if using this method. 

The "Unlisted" setting prevents the Video from showing up on general YouTube Searches.  Please label the video or videos with first and last name AND scholarship name and year of submission (i.e., BeaScott_Global Service Learning Scholarship_2020)

Attach video to email along with application & essay submission.

Video Release Authorization: By submitting work to Governors State University, you are hereby agreeing to this material being used for Marketing purposes from Governors State on social media, the website, and other online distribution platforms as deemed appropriate.

For more information about the GSU Service Learning Abroad Program, visit our website.

Please contact The Office of International Services at ois@govst.edu with any questions you may have.


Other Study Abroad Scholarships:


      GSU Study Abroad Scholarship  

Can be applied anywhere    

Multiple awards of up to $750      

     Fund for Education Abroad   

Awards: $1,250-5,000 (short-term & semester) & $10,000 (year)

      Gilman Scholarship     

Multiple awards of up to $5,000    

Must be a Federal Pell Grant recipient     

Minimum of 3 weeks abroad    

      Critical Language Scholarship       

Must choose a critical language to study for one year    

U.S. undergraduate and graduate students may apply    

Multiple awards of up to $8,000    

Some language experience may be required    

      Freeman-Asia Awards       

Can be applied to study in East or Southeast Asia    

Multiple awards of up to $3,000-7,000 depending on length of stay    

       Fulbright Scholarships       

Can be applied to study in East Asia-Pacific, Europe & Eurasia, Middle East & North Africa, South & Central Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and the Western Hemisphere    

Award amounts vary    

       Boren Awards       

Can be applied to study in Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East    

Multiple awards of up to $8,000-20,000 depending on length of stay