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Duttenhaver and Dan Wise Scholarships

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 25 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.

Paul Duttenhaver Extension Scholars Program

The Paul Duttenhaver Extension Scholars Program makes awards available for EAP students who extend from a quarter or semester term to spend a full year abroad in one country. EAP and the donor, Linda Duttenhaver, value the benefits that come with lengthy immersion in one culture. This year 6 awards of $2,500 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. They must also file paperwork to extend from a quarter or semester program to spend the remainder of an academic year abroad in the same country.

Dan Wise Memorial Scholarship

​This scholarship will not be offered in 2019-20. 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 UCEAP’s yearlong programs in France were eligible for this award. Students from all of the UC campuses competed for eight scholarship awards of $5,000 based on academic performance and financial need.



Duttenhaver Scholars Program

Northern Hemisphere (departs fall): March 1 at 5:00 PM (PT)
Southern Hemisphere (departs January/February):  October 1 at 5:00 PM (PT)



Paul Duttenhaver Extension Scholarship Program

Extension from Fall to Year or Fall to Spring: October 1 at 5:00 PM (PT)
Etension from Spring to Year or Spring to Fall: March 1 at 5:00 PM (PT)

Applications for Southern Hemisphere programs will be available online during summer.

Who Is Eligible?

All applicants must:

  1. Be currently enrolled at UC.
  2. Plan to study on a year-long EAP program and ultimately be selected.
  3. Demonstrate high merit.
  4. Meet the minimum 3.0 GPA requirement at the time of application.
  5. Demonstrate financial need.
Applicants must also meet at least one of the following highly preferred requirements:
  1. At least two years of course work in the language of the host country, or the equivalent, by the time of departure (or start of second term if applying for Extension award).
  2. Course work in subjects related to the host region, such as literature, culture, politics, etc.
  3. 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

"I came to Europe expecting to learn about someone else's culture and history. Never did I imagine that I would learn so much about myself and my family history. I can only describe this whole experience as one that has opened my mind and, more importantly, my heart... Thank you for choosing to support my journey to a beautiful country filled with not only lessons of history, but also of life!"
Anthony Amador, Dan Wise Scholar
University of Bordeaux, 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
"I cannot thank the Duttenhaver foundation enough for how much the scholarship helped me. It helped me stay for a year instead of for a semester, in which I would never have made the strong friendships that I have now or really immersed myself in the way that I wanted to. If there is one thing I know for certain, it is that Italy has changed me for the better."
Emily Peeler
University of California, Berkeley

How to Apply

Application Instructions

It is imperative that you submit all required materials online by the deadline. Contact your Campus EAP Office or if you have problems with any part of the application.

You must create an account and apply online here.

Your complete application must contain the following:
  1. Application Form for Duttenhaver Scholars Program
     Complete all sections and electronically sign the application.
  2. Statement of Purpose
    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.

    Top quality writing is a critical component of your scholarship application. The evaluators of your application will place emphasis on your use of correct grammar and appropriate punctuation, and your ability to follow professional writing conventions will have an impact on the outcome of your application. We strongly advise all students to utilize the writing resources available on your campus to ensure the application you submit is well written. Information about the resources available on each campus is available below:
    UC Berkeley – Student Learning Center
    UC Los Angeles – Undergraduate Writing Center
    UC Merced – Writing Center
    UC Riverside – Academic Resource Center
    UC San Diego – Writing Center
    UC Santa Barbara – Writing Lab

    Outlined below are the topic​s 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.
    • Personal preparedness: Detail how you have prepared 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, UC campus, and host country at the top of each essay page.


3. Statement of Academic Preparation (500 words or less)

Tell us about your academic preparation for your time abroad.  Explain how your major or focus of study is related to your host country and the opportunities available there.  If your program is taught in English but you will live in a country where English is not the primary language, explain what you have done to prepare to live in this environment. If you have chosen your host country for a specific area of study, please indicate that and how you have prepared to take advantage of those courses. If you have a GPA below 3.0 but feel that you are a good candidate for the scholarship in other ways, please use the Statement of Academic Preparation to explain why your GPA is below the requirement.

4. Statement of Financial Need (500 words or less)
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, etc. Do not restate information from your Personal Essay.

5. 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 and personal characteristics. A letter from a supervisor or TA who knows you well is more useful than a letter from a professor who cannot speak to your personal goals and previous successes. You may use a letter that has been solicited for your general EAP application. Personal references are not acceptable for this application.

6. Transcript
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 Statement of Academic Preparation.

About the Donor

Linda Duttenhaver The Education Abroad Program is able to award the Duttenhaver, Paul Duttenhaver, and Dan Wise 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 Duttenhaver Scholars, Paul Duttenhaver Extension Scholarship, and Dan Wise Scholarship 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 Duttenhaver, Paul Duttenhaver and Dan Wise 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 from that school who founded a successful international business, and launched a career in public relations.  In 2004, 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.  OK, 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 Scholarships were born.  Similarly, the Paul Duttenhaver Extension Scholarship Fund was established in 2014 in memory of my husband, who passed away in 2011.  Paul, like Dan, believed that international experiences lead to a richer more interesting life, and are vital to building a better understanding of other cultures and people. 
Since the first scholarships were awarded in 2004, over 500 students have been given 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)
Duttenhaver Scholars, Paul Duttenhaver Extenion Scholarship,
and Dan Wise Scholarship Program Donor

About Paul Duttenhaver

Paul DuttenhaverThe Paul Duttenhaver Extension Scholarship Fund was established by Linda Duttenhaver in Septembe​r 2014.

The Paul Duttenhaver Extension Scholarship Fund commemorates Paul Wayne Duttenhaver, a man who had a passion for international experiences.  Paul believed that traveling and living abroad led to a richer more interesting life, and was vital to building a better understanding of other cultures and people.  This fund was established by Linda Duttenhaver, his wife of 30 years, to allow others to share Paul’s passion.

From an early age, Paul learned about different cultures from his father, who was an international executive at Mead Packaging Corporation.  During his childhood, the senior Mr. Duttenhaver was continually hosting colleagues from around the world at the family’s home in Atlanta, bringing home exotic gifts from his travels, and telling his four children about his adventures abroad.  Paul attended the American Graduate School of International Management, studying Spanish in Guadalajara and Mexico City, Mexico, and, later, Italian in various small villages in Italy.  He travelled extensively in South America, Europe and Southeast Asia.

Paul combined these experiences to found Interserv, an international business in Houston, Texas, which continues today.  Paul passed away in October 2011, but his spirit lives on via this fund, which allows students throughout the University of California to extend their international experiences from a semester to a full year, thereby maximizing the benefit of international study.


About Dan Wise

The Dan Wise Scholarship Fund was established by Linda Duttenhaver in 2004 to commemorate Daniel Eric Wise, Linda’s long-time friend, admirer and “honorary sister.”

While Dan was born in Worthington Ohio, he spent most of his life living or traveling outside of the U.S.  His interest in international studies was sparked by his service in the Peace Corps in Senegal, Africa and furthered by his graduate work at the American Graduate School of International Management (also known as Thunderbird).  Dan lived several years in Germany and traveled extensively worldwide, especially in Europe.  He worked in the travel industry for over a decade.  

Duttenhave and Dan WiseDan and Linda met at Thunderbird, where they served together as officers in the French Club; they remained close friends for the rest of Dan’s life.  Dan passed away in December 2002, but his spirit lives on via this fund, which allows students throughout the University of California to experience the wonder, excitement and learning of international living.


Award Recipients

2018-19 Duttenhaver Scholars

For year-long study in any UCEAP country



Amber Birchell, UCSB, Spain
Brandon Boettcher, UCD, Japan
Sophie Caplan, UCSC, Germany
Aubrey Carr, UCSB, Ireland
Catherine Chen, UCSB, Japan
Noah Cohen, UCSB, United Kingdom - England
Madalyn D'Alfonso, UCSC, Italy
Kristyn Fudge, UCB, United Kingdom - England
Ian Good, UCD, Denmark
Austin Huang, UCR, Japan
Hannah Kang, UCM, Japan
Nicole Leung, UCR, Hong Kong
Yu Lin Ma, UCSD, United Kingdom - Scotland
Steve Maravillo, UCSD, Spain
David Mendoza, UCR, Japan
Joanne Mun, UCSB, Hong Kong
Liana Ngo, UCLA, Japan
Christian Ortiz Gonzalez, UCSB, Germany
Heather Rickansrud, UCB, Denmark
Alisa Sehgal, UCR, Denmark
Kevin Siegrist, UCD, Germany
Marisa Silva, UCSC, Italy
Joshua Simeona, UCSC, China
Alejandro Sobrera Barboza, UCSB, China
Andrew Szkolnik, UCSC, Spain
Victoria Thiem, UCI, Korea
Roberto Ulloa, UCB, Italy
Sabrina Wong, UCI, Korea
Brandon Yoon, UCSB, Korea​


Sienna Cabrera, UCLA, New Zealand
Julie Carlson, UCSB, Chile
Kirsten Cook, UCSB, Chile

2018-19 Paul Duttenhaver Extension Scholars

For extending from quarter or semester to year abroad

Amy Atun, UCD, Spain
Alexa Hozouri, UCD, New Zealand
Zhengxiong Hui, UCB, Korea
Sierra Orsinelli Rivers, UCSD, Italy
Rene Perez Jr, UCSB, Russia​

2018-19 Dan Wise Memorial Scholars

For year-long study in France

Dercy De La Cruz, UCSC
Kathryn Falgout, UCSB
Amir Lehman, UCSD
Elizabeth Mason, UCB
Laurel Sinclair, UCSB
Yan Yu, UCSD

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