All applicants must have applied to a study
in order to be eligible for an Ambassador Award. The awards can be applied towards all UNO summer programs and towards the Academic Year Abroad in Innsbruck, Austria program.
The University of New Orleans and the Division of International Education believe strongly that an international educational experience should be made available to as many qualified students as possible. To this end, a limited number of financial awards for study abroad, "Ambassador Awards," will be made available to UNO students who exhibit high academic achievement, whose academic plans would benefit most from this experience, and who demonstrate financial need.
The criteria on which the Ambassador Awards are based are stated below. Applicants must take responsibility to follow the guidelines, meet the stated deadlines, and submit all supporting materials on time. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
ELIGIBILITY: An undergraduate applicant must be a continuing full- or part-time student, currently enrolled at the University of New Orleans and have completed at least one year of college with at least 30 credits from the University of New Orleans. A minimum UNO GPA of 2.75 (out of 4.0) is necessary for all Ambassador Awards, including the William Carl and Catherine C. Wagner Award, the Gordon H. 'Nick' Mueller Award and the John E. Altazan Award. The required GPA for the UNO-Innsbruck Anniversary Awards is 2.5. A copy of the student's current transcript, official or unofficial, must be submitted with the application. Under extenuating circumstances, consideration may be given to students who do not quite meet the required hours and GPA. A graduate applicant must be a continuing full- or part-time student, currently enrolled at the University of New Orleans and have completed at least 12 credit hours at UNO. Under extenuating circumstances, consideration may be given to graduate students with less than 12 hours. All applicants must first apply to a Study Abroad Program in order to be eligible for an Ambassador Award. Consideration remains the exclusive right of the Division of International Education.
VALUE OF PROGRAM TO ACADEMIC PLANS: The applicant must submit a statement discussing how the study abroad experience will enhance his/her academic curriculum and goals. This need not be extensive, but should illustrate the fact that the applicant has considered the international program, its values and experiences, and its importance for the applicant's career and life aspirations. We recommend that the applicant complete this short essay (2-3 paragraphs) in a word file before beginning the online application. This can then be copied and pasted into the box designated to this question on the Ambassador Award application.
FINANCIAL NEED: Consideration will be given to those students who demonstrate a clear financial need to attend one of the summer programs. However, financial need will not give a person preference nor will it guarantee participation on one of the summer programs. It remains the sole discretion of the Division of International Education as to what consideration will be given based on financial need. Students are still required to meet the other established criteria listed under eligibility and demonstrate the value of the program to academic plans (see above). The Division of International Education reserves the right to ask students for proof of financial need through financial documents.
EXCLUSIONS: Student workers and others presently employed by the Division of International Education are ineligible to apply for Ambassador Awards, as are the children of any faculty or staff member who will be working on one of UNO’s study abroad programs.
LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION: Two letters of recommendation must be submitted (either directly to our office or through the applicant) from references who have known the applicant at least one year in an academic or professional setting. The letters should discuss briefly the applicant's character, personality and temperament, dependability and leadership characteristics. If they prefer, references may complete this PDF in lieu of a letter. Reference letters cannot be accepted from members of the Division of International Education nor from the Academic Director of the particular program to which the student is applying.
HONORS STUDENTS: Honors students are encouraged to apply for any one of the programs.
AMBASSADOR AWARDS FOR UNO SUMMER PROGRAMS AND AYA: Awards are available in amounts ranging from $250 to $1,500, depending on specific program requirements and the applicant’s qualifications. Most awards range from $250-$1,000. Applicants should carefully examine program information before applying and calculate the remaining costs that will be incurred. Refer to the departmental web site (http://inst.uno.edu) for fee schedules, dates, and course offerings of the individual programs, or visit the Division of International Education and speak with the appropriate staff member overseeing the program. Contact information: Division of International Education, University of New Orleans, International Center, New Orleans, LA 70148. Phone (504) 280-7116. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE AGNES LEVINE MEMORIAL AWARD is made possible by a donation to the University of New Orleans (UNO) by Agnes' husband Mr. Michael Levine. A native of Uganda and of the Jewish faith, Agnes Levine passed away in the early 1990's and was survived by Michael and their three children. To honor the wishes of the donor family, the purposes of the award are twofold: 1) To honor Agnes Levine; and 2) To award students whose academic and/or artistic work suggests an abiding interest in diverse or diasporic individuals or groups, communities, or individuals, such as, but not limited to, Native Americans, African Americans, Africans, Jews, Asians Americans, Armenians, Berbers, Kurds, Palestinians, Turkic peoples, etc. Therefore students should indicate within the Ambassador Award application (essays or short answer sections) any studies or experience with diverse or diasporic individuals or groups. No student may receive more than one Agnes Levine Award. All Ambassador Award applicants will automatically be considered for an Agnes Levine Award.
AWARDS FOR THE UNO-INNSBRUCK INTERNATIONAL SUMMER SCHOOL: The Ambassador Awards for UNO's flagship and longest-running program abroad are funded in part by the Division of International Education and in part by donations from program sponsors, supporters, and alumni. Please see below for specific awards which are distributed yearly to eligible UNO students on the UNO-Innsbruck International Summer School.
WILLIAM CARL AND CATHERINE C. WAGNER AWARD: Our top award in the amount of $5,000.00 is provided by Carl and Cathy Wagner, long-standing supporters and friends of the UNO-Innsbruck International Summer School. Carl Wagner, former Director of UNO-Innsbruck and the Division of International Education, and Cathy Wagner, our program nurse in Innsbruck, want to enable a UNO student to participate in the UNO-Innsbruck International Summer School. Carl and Cathy have pledged $50,000 to be distributed to prospective UNO-Innsbruckers over the next ten years (until 2025).
GORDON H. 'NICK' MUELLER AWARD: One UNO student applying to the UNO-Innsbruck International Summer School will be awarded the Gordon H. 'Nick' Mueller Award, named in honor of the founder of the UNO-Innsbruck International Summer School who started this program in 1976. Dr. Mueller, who served at UNO in many capacities, including Professor of History, Vice Chancellor for Extension, and Director of Center Austria, is now the President and CEO of the National World War II Museum. Still, UNO-Innsbruck and its students will always be very close to his heart. The award amount of $4,000.00 will be applied towards the program cost of the International Summer School.
JOHN E. ALTAZAN AMBASSADOR AWARD: One UNO student applying to the UNO-Innsbruck International Summer School will be awarded the John E. Altazan Ambassador Award, named in honor of Dr. John E. Altazan, a founding faculty member of the University of New Orleans, former Dean of the College of Business, and a staunch supporter of the International Summer School. Dr. Altazan retired after 50 years of teaching at UNO and over 20 years of affiliation with UNO-Innsbruck. The award amount of $3,000.00 will be applied towards the program cost of the International Summer School.
UNO-INNSBRUCK ANNIVERSARY AWARDS: Additional funding is available for UNO students to study on the UNO-Innsbruck International Summer School. Program alumni and supporters of UNO-Innsbruck have contributed to these awards, which range from $1,000 to $2,500. The GPA requirement for these awards is 2.5.
PROCEDURES AND DEADLINES: Wednesday, February 15, 2017. Preliminary finalists will be contacted for personal interviews and must be present at the interview to be considered for an award. Submitted materials will not be returned (except photo portfolios). Ambassador award-winners must be present at their college's honors convocation in the spring to formally receive this award. Exceptions: Low Residency Students may be excluded from honors convocation attendance requirement.
Remember to submit a copy of your University of New Orleans transcript with two letters of reference.