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The Rene Fabien Scholarship provides up to $3500 of financial assistance for approved study abroad programs for a summer, semester, or year in a non-English speaking country. The scholarship is available to declared French, German, or Spanish majors or minors at John Carroll University.

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Interested students should complete the Fabien Application (below) by either October 15 (for spring study abroad) or March 15 (for summer and fall study abroad).


Applicants must complete the following for consideration:

  • A letter of recommendation from a faculty member: The recommendation should come from a faculty member with whom you have had at least one course. This person should be able to comment on your maturity, your ability to work with others, your intellectual curiosity, and your adaptability to new situations. The faculty member does not need to be in the Department of Classical & Modern Languages & Cultures and should not be a current member of the search committee. When asking for a recommendation, please direct faculty to this website to complete the form at the bottom of this page.
  • A declared major or minor in French, German, or Spanish at JCU must be on the student's record at the time of application;
  • A completed application for study abroad for a program in Tiers 1, 2 or 3, or the Boler in France experience through the Center for Global Education (deadlines: October 1 or March 1);
  • The Rene Fabien Scholarship Application Form (below);
  • A personal essay: In a two-page essay, in English, typed, double-spaced, with 1-inch margins, and a traditional font (12-point Calibri or Times New Roman), please respond to the following prompts. Your personal essay should reflect your best writing. Applicants are strongly urged to visit the Writing Center for peer review prior to submitting their essays.

                  a) why you have chosen your language major or minor;

                  b) why you wish to study abroad;

                  c) what has prepared you for learning and living abroad;

                  d) what you hope to gain from this stay.

  • A copy of your resume
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Selection Process:

The Fabien is primarily a merit-based scholarship, with approximately three scholarships awarded per application period. Other factors that may affect final awards and their amounts could include: applicants' financial need as reported by the Office of Financial Aid, the cost of the proposed program relative to available funding, the size of the application pool, and efforts to equitably distribute awards across the language areas.

By submitting an application, applicants authorize the Rene Fabien Scholarship Committee to request information from JCU's Office of Financial Aid related to financial need, and to view students' degree evaluations as part of the selection process.

Past Fabien Scholarship Recipients

The Selection Committee

Please provide a recommendation that addresses the student's academic ability, maturity, ability to work with others, intellectual curiosity, and adaptability to new situations.

Click here to upload your recommendation.

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