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 be Learning Abroad Center Scholarship Reviewers. Thank you for considering giving your time to this important scholarship review 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.  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: February 10, 2021
Individual reviewer scores due: February 24, 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: March 1, 2021
Individual reviewer scores due: March 15, 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 2019-20 academic year:

*For those who reviewed more than once for 2019-20 academic year scholarships, the number of times they reviewed is noted in paratheses

Carlson School of Management

Jontue Austin (2) 
Molly Bendzick
Kathy Evenson-McDermott
Ablavi Handziak 
Maxine Kobinski 
Katie Kocourek
Wesley Notestine

Center for Health Interprofessional Programs 

Tamnnet Kidanu 

College of Biological Sciences

Mary Shannon Bocock 

College of Continuing and Professional Studies

Alissa Bigelow (4)
Constance Hessburg-Odland (5) 
Jessica Haensch 
Karen Moon
Jeff Olsen Krengel  

College of Design

Kaitlyn Bock (3) 

College of Education & Human Development

Sheri Beck 
Kathleen Corley
Sarah Dohm 
Paul Edwards (2) 
Michael Guest 
Ryan Hanson
Drew Hatton
Jeremy Hernandez
Daniel Koza 
George Laskaris 
Michelle McElroy 
Colin Rogness 
Ellen Sunshine (2) 
Ah Vang-Lo 
Mai Xiong (3) 

College of Food, Agricultural & Natural Resource Sciences

Jennifer Adrian (3) 
Mai Lee 
Tracene Marshall 
Grant McCormack (2) 
E Oropeza 
Michelle Overtoom 
Robin Perez 
Jim Perry
Megan Schmidt 
Tommy Van Norman (3) 

College of Liberal Arts

Laila Agily 
Molly Bancroft 
Kate Casey
Tien Chieu 
Kersten Falvey (2) 
Cindy Garcia 
Emily Gasperlin
Judy Grandbois (3)
Korrina Griffith (3) 
Melissa Grosso (3)
Claudia Hasegawa (2) 
Claire Hilgeman 
Rodrigue Lauture
Christine Mollen (2) 
Becky Mooney 
Sonali Pahwa 
Paula Pentel (2) 
Millie Reid Rivera 
Jake Rudy (2) 
Erica Tealey 
Amelious Whyte (3)
Maryanne Williams Smoczyk (2) 
Angus Wong (2) 
Delia Woodward 
Christopher Xaphakdy (3) 

College of Science & Engineering

Angela Froistad 
Melissa Haroza 
Josie Kahlenbeck (2) 
Kari Mellerup (4) 
Layla Nereson 
Erin Piper (3)
Ann Rausch 
Claire Schmidt 
Kimberly Scott


Ann Nordby 

Global Programs & Strategy Alliance

Sarah Allis (2)
Christine Anderson (2)
Jill Fischer
Jackie Gmiterko (3) 
Kim Hindbjorgen (2) 
Jodi Isham (2) 
Kate Johnson 
Abby Koshollek (2) 
Antonia Lortis 
Ryan McCarthy
Matt McGilvray 
Ashley Metz
Molly Micheels 
Jill Reister 
Corey Schultz (2) 
Nancy Vang 

Health Sciences

Brigette Gay (2) 
Abbe Holmgren
Sharolyn Kawakami-Schulz
Jenna Lohnes
Mallory Patrow (4) 
Rachel Rudeen 
Mallory Schweim

Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Simone Gbolo (3)

Institute on the Environment

Megan Voorhees

Office for Equity & Diversity

Jessica Cameron

Office for Student Affairs

Laura Knudson 
Anna Lifson
Paula Leahy-Schmidt (3) 
Jane Sitter 
Joy Stephansen
Laura Wiesner (2) 

Office of Undergraduate Education

Lauren Lanigan
Crystal Lee (3)  
Mary Moga 
Maytham Somji