About the Scholarships
Duttenhaver Scholars Program
The Duttenhaver Scholars Program makes awards available for EAP students who will participate in a year-long EAP program. EAP and the donor, Linda Duttenhaver, value the benefits that come with a year-long program and want to encourage and assist students who are considering this option. This year more than 30 awards of $5,000 will be disbursed based on academic performance and financial need. Applicants must have a passion for studying abroad and a willingness to embrace and learn from the host country's customs, language, and culture.
There are two application cycles: 1) Northern Hemisphere programs that depart in fall, and 2) Southern Hemisphere programs that depart in January and February.
Dan Wise Memorial Scholarship
The Dan Wise Memorial Scholarship was established to promote year-long study abroad in France in memory of the donor’s close friend, Dan Wise. Students participating in any of EAP’s year programs in France starting in summer or fall 2013 are eligible for this award. Students from all of the UC campuses will be competing for ten scholarship awards. Up to 10 awards of $5,000 will be disbursed annually based on academic performance and financial need.
Duttenhaver Scholars Program
Extension from Fall to Year or Fall to Spring: November 28, 2012
Northern Hemisphere (departs fall 2013): March 4, 2013
Southern Hemisphere (departs Jan/Feb 2014): October 7, 2013
Dan Wise Memorial Scholarship
Northern Hemisphere only (departs fall 2013): March 4, 2013
Who Is Eligible?
All applicants must:
- Be currently enrolled at UC.
- Plan to study on a year-long EAP program and ultimately be selected.
- Have had no previous study abroad experience.
- Demonstrate high merit.
- Meet the minimum 3.0 GPA requirement at the time of application.
- Demonstrate financial need.
Applicants must also meet at least one of the following highly preferred requirements:
- At least two years of course work in the language of the host country, or the equivalent, by the time of departure.
- Course work in subjects related to the host region, such as literature, culture, politics, etc.
- Academic major that corresponds to the academic strength of the host institution (to ensure that academics are enhanced by study at the host institution).
Comments from Recipients
"Lyon truly became my home. It was very important that I enrolled in the year program because I believe that I gained a much better understanding of the French culture and language then I would have if I only studied for a semester. I was really able to take time to get to know the city as my own."
Anjali Parikh, Dan Wise Scholar
University of Lyon, France
"My year in Japan was irreplaceable. Because of this wonderful opportunity I have a better outlook for the future. It has given me the courage to continue pursuing my undergraduate degree as well as graduate school. I’m grateful for this scholarship as it has been a big part of my decision to go abroad. I will treasure the precious memories and encourage others to have the experience of a lifetime."
Ayae Yamamoto, Duttenhaver Scholar
Keio University, Tokyo
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How to Apply
It is imperative that you submit all required materials as one, complete application packet. Do not submit the application in folders or binders. You must submit your packet to the Campus EAP Office by the application deadline. Contact your Campus EAP Office if you have problems with any part of the application.
Your complete packet must contain the following (in order)
- Scholarship Application for Duttenhaver and Dan Wise Scholars Programs
Complete all sections and sign the application.
- Personal Essay
The quality of this essay is crucial; only eligible applications are forwarded to the donor, and your essay plays an important role in the final selection decisions. The donor is the final selector for these scholarships and places a strong emphasis on academic and personal purpose and preparedness.
Outlined below are the topics to address in your personal essay. Your personal story is important, so place your study abroad objectives in the context of your own journey on EAP.
Limit your essay to approximately two pages (1,000 words). Keep it focused, with concise and clear writing. Evaluators place great value on coherent writing, proper grammar, and accurate spelling. Have someone review your essay with these requirements in mind. You may also review a sample essay from a recent awardee for ideas.
Address the following areas in your essay:
- Academic and career objectives: Be specific about your objectives and describe how your EAP program will help you meet your academic and career goals. Illustrate a commitment to study abroad to fulfill academic and career goals and show the suitability of the EAP program you have chosen.
- Personal objectives: One of the primary objectives of the scholarship is to assist students who have not previously had a long-term study abroad experience. Discuss why you believe study abroad will be personally beneficial and describe your motivations for study abroad. Be specific about why a year-long program will best meet your objectives. Provide examples showing correlation between the destination country and your academics, extracurricular experience, and background.
- Academic and personal preparedness: Detail how you have prepared both academically and personally for your EAP program. Show that you are knowledgeable about the EAP program and the institution you will attend. Do you have the maturity, flexibility, and other relevant personal skills needed to succeed during your year studying abroad? Share experiences that have encouraged you to pursue your goal of participating in a year-long study abroad program.
Include your name and UC campus at the top of each essay page and staple it together separately from the other scholarship application materials.
- Statement of Financial Need
Provide an essay of no more than 500 words that explains your need for financial assistance. Be as complete and candid as possible in your essay, particularly if you have any unusual circumstances that affect your eligibility for financial aid or your ability to pay for your study abroad program. Examples would include: first generation college student, re-entry student, single parent, parental unemployment, bankruptcy, unforeseen medical expenses, siblings in college, or property loss due to fire, flood, or earthquake. Do not restate information from your Personal Essay.
- Letter of Recommendation
To be considered, your file must include one letter of recommendation. Seek to provide a strong letter of recommendation, such as one from a TA or faculty member, an employer, or the head of a nonprofit where you have volunteered. The letter should come from someone who knows you and is familiar with your academic work. You may use a letter that has been solicited for your general EAP application. Personal references are not acceptable for this application.
Submit an unofficial copy of your transcript that shows grades through your last completed term. If any low grades appear on your transcript, you are encouraged to explain them at the close of your Personal Essay.
- Financial Aid Award Notification
Submit a copy of your last available financial aid award notification. If you did not receive financial aid for the previous academic year, indicate whether or not you are applying for financial aid for the upcoming academic year and provide a statement describing the circumstances that place you in financial need.
To be considered for an award, you must deliver your complete application packet to the Campus EAP Office
by the deadline. After initial review, screening, and selection, applications packets for finalists will be forwarded to the donor, Linda Duttenhaver, who will select final winners. Award recipients for Dan Wise and Northern Hemisphere Duttenhaver scholarships will be announced by April 17, 2013
. Award recipients for Southern Hemisphere Duttenhaver scholarships will be announced by November 13, 2012
for Jan/Feb 2013 and November 15, 2013
for Jan/Feb 2014.
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About the Donor
The Education Abroad Program is able to award the Dan Wise and Duttenhaver Scholarships by means of the generous donation made annually by Linda Duttenhaver. Linda is a great friend to EAP, but is not merely a passive donor. She is a true supporter of international education and EAP and is very engaged in the application process, ultimately making the final recipient selections for the Dan Wise Scholarship and Duttenhaver Scholars programs. Linda also enjoys meeting students at EAP events and looks forward every year to reading student essays.
A Letter from Linda Duttenhaver
"People often ask me about why I created the Dan Wise and Duttenhaver Scholarships. To answer that, I need to first give you a little background. Peel the calendar back to 1974, when I was a sophomore at UC Santa Barbara. That fall, I rallied all of my courage to apply for a year abroad in Bordeaux, France, a logical choice for a French major.
I felt emotions ranging from happiness and surprise to anxiety and fear when I learned that I had been accepted. But I got on that plane that rainy September morning, and I never looked back. I spent a fantastic year in France, studying French language, culture, and literature. Being there for the entire year is what made the difference, because I had enough time to really immerse myself in the experience. This couldn’t have happened in a few weeks or even a few months.
I went on to graduate school in international management, got married to a fellow student who founded a successful international business, and launched a career in public relations. Five years ago, I joined our family’s real estate business and am now managing a portfolio of industrial and commercial properties.
Thanks to the success of that business, I was able to create a charitable fund with the purpose of making a difference in the world. Okay, so now I have money to give away—but to whom? For what? I believe strongly that you need to donate money responsibly, in ways that are productive and cost-effective.
That’s when I looked back at my EAP experience, which changed my life. I left for France a timid girl afraid to step out of her comfort zone; I returned as a mature, confident woman with professional and personal skills that have served me well ever since: self-reliance, resilience in the face of adversity, and a global view of the world, not to mention fluency in the French language.
Around the same time, my close friend Dan Wise passed away. Dan lived an international life, serving in the Peace Corps in Senegal, working in Germany, traveling extensively throughout Europe, and pursuing his passion for all things French. I was looking for a way to commemorate him, and also to provide the study abroad opportunity to those who might not be as fortunate as I was.
Voila! The Dan Wise and Duttenhaver Scholarships were born. Since their establishment in 2004, these scholarships have given over 380 students the opportunity to fulfill their dreams of studying abroad. And that gives me more joy than anything money could buy."
Linda L. Duttenhaver
EAP Alumna (Bordeaux 1975–1976)
Dan Wise and Duttenhaver Scholars Program Donor
About Dan Wise
EAP alumna Linda Duttenhaver established a scholarship fund in honor of her longtime friend Dan Wise, who passed away in 2002.
In an interview discussing her reasons for starting the fund, Linda said, “This fund is a perfect way to commemorate Dan, a man who loved language, travel, and international culture. Dan lived an international life, serving in the Peace Corps in Senegal, living and working in Germany, and owning a travel agency. I often thought of Dan as a modern-day ‘Renaissance man’—with his great interest in anything having to do with the world’s cultures, history, and language.”
The Dan Wise Scholarship Fund is targeted toward students who participate in a year-long EAP program in France and have demonstrated financial need, combined with a passion for the language and culture of France.
While on EAP, Linda studied in Bordeaux, France, in 1975-76. “I was so lucky to be able to study abroad,” said Linda. “I want to provide that same wonderful opportunity to others who might not be as fortunate as I was.”
While studying abroad, Linda honed her fluency in the French language, traveled extensively throughout Europe, and developed an appreciation for a world much larger than the U.S. Perhaps most importantly, she learned self-reliance, a lifelong skill that she has found to be a key in almost every aspect of her adult life.
Since its inception in 2004, the fund has supported over 90 Dan Wise scholarships, allowing many students to participate in their EAP programs.
2012-13 Duttenhaver Scholars Program
Kathleen Martinez, UC Davis, New Zealand
Lindsay Bern, UC Irvine, Australia
Alyssa Celones, UC Santa Barbara, Chile
Katherine Wentz, UC Santa Barbara, New Zealand
Siya Cai, UC Berkeley, Italy
Mika Kubo, UC Berkeley, Spain
Annaliese Ng, UC Berkeley, Japan
Rie Nomura, UC Berkeley, Japan
Cynthia Tan, UC Berkeley, Japan
Hye Rim Min, UC Davis, Egypt
Michelle Freret UC Irvine, United Kingdom
Isabel Gutierrez, UC Irvine, Germany
Taryn Kamita, UC Irvine, Spain
Hannah Jones, UC Los Angeles, United Kingdom
Carmella Passero, UC Los Angeles, Italy
Lisa Kody, UC Merced, Spain
Khanh Nguyen, UC Riverside, Sweden
Krystle Ong, UC Riverside, United Kingdom
Melissa Sorrano, UC Riverside, United Kingdom
Erik Chen, UC San Diego, Japan
Anita Suen, UC San Diego, San Diego
Jessica Chan, UC Santa Barbara, Italy
Jorge Rosas, UC Santa Barbara, Mexico
Scott Walstead, UC Santa Barbara, Germany
Ben Johnston, UC Santa Cruz, Turkey
Kay Poon, UC Santa Cruz, Hong Kong
Katherine Tobin, UC Santa Cruz, United Kingdom
1213 Dan Wise Memorial Scholarship
Zerena Diaz, UC Berkeley
Thomas Queally, UC Berkeley
Karina Chiu, UC Irvine
Erica Lee, UC Irvine
Reginald Arevalo, UC Riverside
Yesinia De Anda, UC Riverside
Alexandra Vogel, UC San Diego
Montana Flynn, UC Santa Barbara
Vanessa Fung, UC Santa Barbara
Brenda Houser, UC Santa Cruz