International Center Kenneth Rudolph Award Instructions & BLOGS
Applying for the Kenneth Rudolph Award
Wabash College juniors who did not previously study abroad for a semester are encouraged to pursue summer study abroad in Europe. Thanks to a generous donation from the family of Kenneth Rudolph, a Wabash alumnus, the College is able to offer need-blind scholarship awards which will defray in part the costs of study abroad and allow the student to earn credit toward graduation.
- The program is open to currently-enrolled Wabash College JUNIORS
- Students of all majors are eligible
- Students must plan to return to the College at the end of the summer program
How to Apply
Complete applications will consist of:
- An essay explaining which program you’ve chosen and why and what you hope to benefit from the program. See instructions under “Essay,” taking care to include the URL for the program you’ve chosen.
- A credit approval request (either part of this form or linked to the student to the Registrar’s page for credit approval requests)
- Application submitted/send to OCS Committee
Students receiving a Rudolph Scholarship will be required to submit the following items to report back to the Rudolph Family:
- A thank-you letter
- At least one blog entry focusing on an aspect of your experience abroad, preferably including a photo or two of you engaging in your studies abroad
Ready to apply?
Reminder: the application deadline is midnight on Wednesday, March 15, 2017.
The Rudolph Fund for European Summer Study Abroad Celebrates 10 Years. Read the story here.
Harrison Schafer ‘17
Once again, Wabash has given me an opportunity that I could never hope to repay. With funding from the Rudolph family and their summer abroad scholarship, I am able to write this blog post from Goethe’s Munich office just around the corner from the Altstadt.
Though I came to Munich to primarily enhance my skills in German, I now see how this trip has helped me become a more able Wabash man. I would like to think myself more independent on account of this trip. No longer can I rely on the Sparks Center’s seemingly endless supply of warm meals, available whenever I want. Instead, I travel every week to the supermarket down the street to figure what I am going to cook for lunch, not only forcing me to learn how to finally provide for myself but also provides me with a little German practice as I run through the checkout or decide what to actually buy. Every weekday, I unfortunately experience the mixed bag that is public transportation. Despite the U3 line being the oldest and busiest line in all of Munich’s subway system, I’ve developed perhaps an odd affection for the line. With Munich’s size, I experienced an unbelievable range of people on my daily trips, with more variation than I am used to in Crawfordsville.
Munich offered an overwhelmingly different perspective than that which is be found on Wabash’s campus. I attended my Goethe classes with an international smorgasbord. To my surprise, I interacted with far more than just Germans during my time abroad. I became friends with Mexicans, Panamanians, Spaniards, Saudis, Russians, and encountered many more nationalities through our weekly “Goethe Treff” program, where students attended dinner at renowned Munich restaurants and created new friendships over plates of Bavarian cuisine. Outside of the classroom, I also took the opportunity to observe the enormous variety of internationalism in Munich. Sitting on the Marienplatz fountain, I watched and listened as thousands of tourists shuttled to and from the famous square to the nearby Viktualienmarkt or Frauenkirche; I heard echoes of Southeastern Asian languages, Australian & British accents, nuggets of fellow Americans’ English, and, of course, the busy conversations of Germans bustling about on their lunch breaks. People-watching quickly became a new hobby, as I slowly realized that Munich was not the rustic, quintessential Bavarian town known only for Oktoberfest, lederhosen, and pretzels. To my surprise, Munich offered much more than merely language studies; it allowed me to appreciate cultures from across the globe.
Within my classroom, I studied German with people of many different backgrounds. Under the command of a wonderful German from Hessen, our class developed a quick sense of friendship, despite hailing from diverse backgrounds. My classmates and I formed bonds by striving through our language course; in fact, German was the only common language between me and a few other classmates. Despite having only four weeks with this international crew, I know I will miss them and hope to visit them in the future.
My application for this scholarship talked about how learning German at Wabash and immersion trips only whet my appetite for overseas study. Foolishly, I thought that this trip would sate that hunger. My time abroad has opened my eyes to new possibilities in the future; why not try to continue what I started this summer? I am completely thankful for my opportunity, which has now set in motion more concrete plans for the future--though I would have loved to have experienced this yearning sooner!