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Duttenhaver Scholarship

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.



Duttenhaver Scholars Program

Northern Hemisphere (departs fall): March 1 at 11:59 PM (PT)
Southern Hemisphere (departs January/February):  October 1 at 11:59 PM (PT)



Paul Duttenhaver Extension Scholarship Program

Extension from Fall to Year or Fall to Spring: October 1 at 11:59 PM (PT)
Etension from Spring to Year or Spring to Fall: March 1 at 11:59 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 required questions. 
  2. Statement of Purpose
    Students may anticipate that spending a year abroad will allow them to learn about themselves and others. When preparing to write your personal statement, think about how you will learn and grow from your time abroad. The selection committee is looking for students who approach the privilege of studying abroad with humility, who will be keen observers of their host country, and who will be open to new experiences.

Address how the country, language (if applicable), and specific program you selected will help you achieve your academic, professional, and personal goals.

Academic objectives for studying abroad:
  • Which courses do you plan to take abroad? How will these courses complement or enhance what you have taken at your home UC campus? What do you hope to learn?
  • Are there faculty members at your host university with whom you would like to study? Are there departments at your host university that offer unique perspectives on your area of study that are different from your home department? 
Career objectives for studying abroad:
  • Are there unique opportunities in your host country that will help to prepare you for your career?
  • Do you plan to have an internship related to your career interests?
Personal growth opportunities for studying abroad:
  • ​Why did you choose a year-long program?
  • What do you hope to experience while abroad?
  • How do you hope to grow personally while abroad?
Limit your essay to 750 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.

We strongly advise all students to take advantage of writing resources available on campus. A well-written essay, with correct grammar and punctuation, is one of the most important factors in the selection for receipt of scholarships. 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

3. Statement of Academic Preparation (250 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. 

The preferred qualification for the scholarship is a 3.0 GPA. If you have a GPA below 3.0, please use the Statement of Academic Preparation to explain why your GPA is below the requirement.

4. Statement of Financial Need (250 words or less)

Provide an essay that explains your need for financial assistance. Please include how you plan to personally financially contribute to your program cost and if your family is going to contribute financially. Please also include information about any loans you have taken out up to this point.

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 Statement of Purpose.

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 UCEAP application. Personal references are not acceptable for this application.

You may upload a letter yourself if you have a PDF copy. If you would like a letter to be uploaded by the recommender, then please complete the following question with the recommender’s contact information so that we may request a letter for you. Be sure to contact your recommender in advance to confirm that he or she is willing and able to upload a letter for you by the deadline of March 1 (for Fall departures) or October 1 (for Spring Departures).​

About the Donor

Linda Duttenhaver The Education Abroad Program is able to award the Duttenhaver and Paul 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 Duttenhaver Scholars and Paul Duttenhaver Extension 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 and Paul 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 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.
I wanted to give that same life-changing opportunity to those who might not be as fortunate as I was. And thus the Duttenhaver Scholarships were born; the Paul Duttenhaver Extension Scholarship Fund was established in 2014 in memory of my husband, who passed away in 2011. Paul 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, close to 1,000 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 and Paul Duttenhaver Extension 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.

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