Enhancing Diversity in Global Education (EDGE) Grant Guidelines
Western Kentucky University believes that study abroad experiences contribute to the preparation of productive, engaged and socially responsible citizen-leaders of a global society, and the university is committed to encouraging students from diverse backgrounds to study abroad. The office of Study Abroad & Global Learning (SAGL) seeks to advance this institutional commitment by increasing access to education abroad for under-represented students through the EDGE Grant.
The EDGE Grant aims to support the pursuit of credit-bearing education abroad experiences (e.g., study abroad, service-learning abroad, research abroad, etc.) for students who have traditionally been underrepresented in study abroad.
Underrepresented groups considered for the EDGE Grant are as listed:
- African American/Black*
- American Indian/Alaskan Native*
- Two or more races*
- First-generation college student**
- Non-traditional (25 or older undergraduate at the time of enrollment)**
- Students from a county in the Appalachian Region**
- Students with a registered disability**
To be considered for this grant, applicants must:
- Identify with one of the above underrepresented groups;
- Be enrolled as a degree-seeking student at WKU (undergraduate or graduate);
- Have never studied abroad before;
- Demonstrate financial need; and,
- Be approved through the SAGL application process to participate in a credit-bearing international experience.
Students who meet one or more of the following criteria are given priority in the selection process:
- Students who have thoughtfully developed a service project to share their study abroad experience with others upon return;
- Students pursuing programs that are 21 days or longer;
- Students with a least one year of studies left at WKU after completion of the study abroad program; and,
- Students who are pursuing research or internships abroad.
As part of the proposal, applicants will be asked to identify one service project to complete upon returning from their study abroad experience. These projects should promote study abroad opportunities to other underrepresented students in the WKU community.
Students are required to complete these projects in the semester following their education abroad experience. Failure to complete this requirement will result in a charge to students TopNet account for the award amount.
Study Abroad and Global Learning (SAGL) Service Project Options:
- Serve as a SAGL Student Representative for at least one semester (pending acceptance into the program)
- Present your study abroad experience to a WKU student organization or club (Must show proof of presentation by sending PDF of flyer/advertisement, photos of the presentation, sign-in sheet, and PDF of presentation to Krista.Erickson@wku.edu)
- SAGL-approved multi-media project (Blog, online photo journal, video etc.)
- Other—students may propose their own projects. These are subject to SAGL approval.
For more information, please contact SAGL (Study.Abroad@wku.edu).
*Students claiming status must be registered as such in Banner.
**Students claiming status are subject to the following requirements:
- Students with disabilities must be registered with WKU Student Disability Services.
- Students claiming first-generation status must have done so on the original admission application to WKU and be designated as such in Banner.
- Students claiming non-traditional status must be undergraduate students who are 25 years of age or older.
- Students claiming Appalachian Region must be from a county that is designated as such by the Appalachian Regional Commission. A list of counties can be found at http://www.arc.gov/counties.