Learning Abroad Center

Scholarship Reviewers

Sign Up to Be a Scholarship Reviewer

Each year the Learning Abroad Center administers over $500,000 in study abroad scholarships for UofM students. These scholarships often play a big role in easing the financial impact of studying abroad. Administration of these important scholarships is achievable because of the fantastic faculty and staff from across the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities campus who give their time to review Learning Abroad Center scholarships. Thank you for considering giving your time to help with this important process.

What Is My Commitment as a Scholarship Reviewer? 

  • Read 15–20 two-page essays/applications or 40–50 one-page essays/applications.
  • Give each essay a numeric score using a simple rubric for guidance
  • Most reviewers spend 2-3 hours total reading and scoring essays 
  • The entire process is online.  There are no in-person meetings. You do not need to be on campus during the time of review.
  • Following the scholarship deadline, the Learning Abroad Center will send you a confirmation email with instructions on how to access and score your assigned essays via the LAC's Online Scholarship Portal.

Upcoming Reviewer Opportunities

Financial Need Early Planning Scholarship

Read more about this scholarship

Essays assigned to readers: September 21, 2021
Individual reviewer scores due: October 5, 2021

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Study Abroad Scholarship or Diversity Scholarship

Read more about the Study Abroad Scholarship or the Diversity Study Abroad Scholarship

Essays assigned to reviewers: October 20, 2021
Individual reviewer scores due: November 3, 2021

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Email Scott Daby if you have problems with Google Forms or have questions about the process. 

Past Scholarship Reviewers

The Learning Abroad Center would like to say thank you to our outstanding colleagues from across the University of Minnesota for volunteering their time and expertise to participate as study abroad scholarship reviewers. Study abroad scholarships have the ability to enable our students to participate in learning abroad experiences that can have a life changing impact on their academic, career, and personal goals. The support of the following individuals has made it possible for us to award these scholarships to deserving students over the 2020-21 academic year:

*For those who reviewed more than once for 2020-21 academic year scholarships, the number of times they reviewed is noted in parentheses.

Carlson School of Management

Katie Kocourek

College of Continuing and Professional Studies

Constance Hessburg-Odland
Jeff Olsen Krengel  

College of Education & Human Development

Paul Edwards
Daniel Koza 

College of Food, Agricultural & Natural Resource Sciences

Tracene Marshall 
Grant McCormack
Tommy Van Norman (2) 

College of Liberal Arts

Alisa Dean
Judy Grandbois (2)
Melissa Grosso
Taryn Hersch
Gustavo Manjarrez 
Emily O'Connell (2)
Jake Rudy
Maryanne Williams Smoczyk (2)
Christopher Xaphakdy 

College of Science & Engineering

Sarah Hilger
Erin Piper
Ann Rausch

Housing & Residential Life

Grant Henry 

Learning Abroad Center

Jill Fischer
Abby Koshollek
Antonia Lortis
Ryan McCarthy
Molly Micheels
Jill Reister

Office of Undergraduate Education

Laura Adesoro

School of Dentistry

Mallory Hedquist