Foundation / Corporation
The Heinz Endowments and University of Pittsburgh
Scholarships starting at $5,000 to Pennsylvania female university students to participate in an international study abroad program in the summer of 2019. The program includes leadership development retreats before and after the travel. Participants will be expected to develop leadership skills, to gain intercultural experience, to succeed abroad, and upon returning, to contribute as a leader in their community.
The Vira I. Heinz Program for Women in Global Leadership (VIH) constitutes a collaborative relationship between the Heinz Endowments, which funds the program and sets its strategic goals, and the University of Pittsburgh, which develops and administers the program. The VIH Program affords to three young women from each of the VIH institutions the opportunity to participate in a series of leadership and intercultural development retreats held at the University of Pittsburgh. It also provides each young woman with a scholarship of at least $5,000 to fund an accredited international experience.
VIH awardees use the knowledge gained from these experiences to work in a team and develop a Community Engagement Experience (CEE). This is not simply a study abroad scholarship; this is a leadership development program. The Heinz Endowments view the VIH Program as a means for women who have no previous international experience to develop leadership skills, to gain intercultural experience, to succeed abroad, and upon returning, to contribute as a leader in their community through their Community Engagement Experience (CEE). Neither the program nor the curriculum at the retreats is geared for women who have been abroad. The Heinz Endowments have particular interest in developing VIH scholars who meet one (or more) of the following five indicators of diversity: GLBTQQ, disability, racial or ethnic minority, financial need as defined by receiving a Pell Grant, and STEM students. It is strongly encouraged the VIH awardees study a language while they are abroad. All students who choose to study in the following countries/regions will automatically be awarded an additional scholarship of $1,000: Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Oceania, or Eastern Europe/Nordic States.
The VIH Program has three principal components: the international experience, the Community Engagement Experience and two weekend-long, intensive leadership development retreats. During the spring semester prior to and the fall semester following their international experiences, the awardees meet in Pittsburgh, PA. These trainings provide the awardees with a foundation of skills necessary to maximize cultural learnings while abroad and to engage their leadership skills in their own communities upon their return.
GrantWatch ID#: 182996
Three young women from each institution are admitted into the program.
The program provides each young woman with a scholarship of at least $5,000 to fund an accredited international experience.
All students who choose to study in the following countries/regions will automatically be awarded an additional scholarship of $1,000: Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Oceania, or Eastern Europe/Nordic States.
Universities and colleges across Pennsylvania participate in the VIH Program. Eligible universities include: Arcadia University, Carlow University, Chatham University, Duquesne University, Lincoln University, Robert Morris University, Temple University, Thiel College, Washington & Jefferson College, Waynesburg University, and the University of Pittsburgh.
VIH Program Eligibility:
- No previous international experience (with the exception of Canada or the Arcadia Preview Program).
- Undergraduate woman of sophomore or junior status at one of the VIH institutions
- U.S. Citizen
- Full time student status for at least two terms with a Baccalaureate degree in progress
- QPA of not less than 3.0
- Will return to your university/college as a full time student during the fall semester following the study abroad experience
- International experience must take place in one country (no multi-country experiences); it must be accredited and last for at least 28 days
- Be available to attend all activities during two mandatory weekend retreats: one during the spring term prior to studying abroad and one during the fall following the study abroad experience
- Commit to meeting all of the requirements of the VIH Program, including, but not limited to: a) submitting an Experience Report; b) completing a CEE & submitting a CEE report by January 30; c) completing all assignments for the two retreats; d) assisting with marketing the VIH Program on your campus.
- November 1: VIH Application Deadline
- December: Intensive Advising
- March: Spring Retreat
- May - August: International Experience
- September 1: Experience Reports
- September: Fall Retreat
- November - January: The Community Engagement Experience (CEE)
- January 30: CEE and Graduation Requirements Completed
How to apply: https://www.viraheinz.pitt.edu/content/application-and-eligibility
Program areas: https://www.viraheinz.pitt.edu/content/heinz-programming-areas
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
VIH Application for students from Pitt (Oakland, Johnstown, Greensburg, Bradford, Titusville): https://apps.abroad.pitt.edu/index.cfm?FuseAction=Students.Apply&Program_ID=11039
Students from Arcadia, Carlow, Chatham, Duquesne, Lincoln, RMU, Temple,Thiel, W&J, and Waynesburg should download the attached application form.
Sarah Wagner, Director
University Center for International Studies
1209 Cathedral of Learning
Pittsburgh, PA 15260