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SAILS & Other Scholarships

Summer 2022 SAILS Applications are due Friday, March 11, 2022 at 11:59 PM in myWings.

Fall 2022 SAILS Applications are due Friday, June 17, 2022 at 11:59 PM in myWings. 

Information and Guidelines

If you want to study abroad, you can apply for the Study Abroad International Learning Scholarship (SAILS). This competitive scholarship provides funding for undergraduate and graduate approved international educational experiences that enrich academic and individual development. Scholarship recipients may receive either $1,500 to support a short-term (less than ten weeks) international activity or $2,500 for a long-term (ten weeks or longer) international activity (funded by Student Life and Services Fee). Students awarded TLO funding will be ineligible to apply for SAILS for the same activity. Preference will be given to applicants who have never received SAILS or TLO funding for an international activity. Applying for multiple international activities and terms using one application is not allowed. Only one application per international activity per term will be considered. Applications will be reviewed by the SAILS Committee (comprised of UNF students, faculty, and staff) as per the specified deadlines. The final awarding is contingent upon the rules and regulations of Financial Aid, since funds will be distributed through the UNF Office of Financial Aid. Awarding is also contingent upon acceptance to an approved international activity. Students may access the SAILS Scholarship application through their MyWings portal in Online Forms.

Please Note: Your approved study abroad experience must be associated with UNF credits during the semester of your international activity.

Eligibility Guidelines

To be eligible for a SAILS award, the program must meet one of the following criteria:
  • Be a credit bearing activity
  • Be part of a degree requirement
  • Be credit or course related
To be eligible for a SAILS award, the applicant must (at the time of application and the time of participation):
  • Be a degree-seeking UNF student
  • Be in good academic standing
  • Be in compliance with all University regulations, rules and codes of conduct governing students on campus
To be eligible for a SAILS award, the applicant must (at the time of application):
  • Be accepted (or have applied) to an approved international activity and have an active file with the UNF International Center (i.e., have discussed international plans with an International Center Study Abroad Advisor).
  • Submit one application per term (Summer B, Fall, Spring and Summer A/C)
  • Be enrolled at UNF for a minimum of 6 credit hours
The essay prompt and recommender prompt for SAILS are:
  • Essay #1: Provide a detailed explanation of the proposed international activity's impact on your personal, academic, and professional life.
  • Recommendation Letter: A thoughtfully written letter of recommendation from a reference explaining the potential significance of the international activity on the applicant. Limit one letter of recommendation per SAILS application.
Scholarship recipients agree that upon return from the SAILS activity, they must:
  • Complete a post-trip survey provided by the International Center regarding the educational/personal outcomes from their international experience.

Application Tips

  1. For a program to be eligible for SAILS, the program must meet one of the following criteria: be a credit bearing activity, be part of a degree requirement, or be credit or course related. All application materials should include evidence of one of these three elements.
  2. The SAILS Scholarship is very competitive. Remember you are competing with other students and want to have an application that stands out.
  3. Follow the directions! For example, stick to the 1 page limit for the essay question and use the Times New Roman, 12 point font. Remember to double space as well.
  4. Spend time completing your application, take it seriously and don't rush.
  5. For the essay, make sure you provide a detailed explanation of how the international program will impact you personally, professionally, and academically.
  6. You will need a thoughtfully written letter of recommendation from a reference explaining the potential significance of the international activity of the applicant. Limit one letter of recommendation per SAILS applicant. Choose a current professional reference (UNF staff or professor), and explain to them what is required for this letter. There's a prompt for the recommender. Remember the letter must be signed and on letter head.
  7. Let a friend read your essays to assist with editing.
  8. You must turn in all the application materials (application, essay, and recommendation) at the same time. Remember: just because you apply does not mean you will receive SAILS.
  9. You must have an active file with the UNF International Center (i.e., have discussed international plans with an International Center Study Abroad Advisor). If you are participating in a Faculty-Led trip then your professor will notify the international center of your involvement when they submit the roster for the course. This submission will generate a file for you. If you are going on a third party or exchange, then you will need to meet with a Study Aboard Advisor, as mentioned above.

IMPORTANT: SAILS is a competitive scholarship program; not all students who apply for the SAILS will receive an award.

FAQ

REMEMBER: THE SAILS SCHOLARSHIP IS COMPETITIVE
  • How are students selected?
    Successful candidates are selected on the basis of their applications. All completed applications are evaluated by a University Committee. Once the applications have been evaluated, the International Center will notify recipients.
  • I have a really high GPA and consider myself a strong candidate. Why didn't I receive a scholarship?
    Every year we receive many excellent applications and have only a limited number of funds to award. Unfortunately, the applications we get from deserving students greatly outnumber the awards we have available. As such, we have a very competitive process and sometimes even strong students do not get selected.
  • How does my SAILS award work with study abroad program costs?
    Even if you receive a SAILS you are responsible to pay for any study abroad program costs by the stated deadline. There is NO deferment of study abroad program costs if one receives a SAILS award. For most students, SAILS will be disbursed after the deadline to pay tuition and fees.
  • When do I need to pay tuition and fees for a study abroad class?
    Students are responsible for payment of tuition and fees by the established deadline date, as published on the University Academic Calendar.
  • What is a TLO?
    TLO funding is awarded to a specific academic class. Professors are the ones that apply for TLO funding for their classes.
  • How do TLOs and SAILS fit together?
    Remember if you are going on a TLO trip the Faculty-Leader will need to provide the International Center with the list of TLO students for their courses. This list will be checked against students applying for a SAILS scholarship. Any SAILS applicant who is on the TLO list will be removed from the application process. If a TLO list has empty slots, and a student in that class applies for a SAILS award, that student’s application will be removed from the application process and the student’s name will be provided to the Faculty-Leader for inclusion on the TLO list. If the Faculty-Leader decides to accept additional students over and above what was listed in the TLO application, those additional students may apply for a SAILS scholarship, on a competitive basis.
  • Where does funding for the SAILS come from?

    The SAILS funding comes from the Student Life and Services Fee.

  • What if I still have question after reading the above Frequently Asked Questions?

    Feel free to contact the International Center at 904-620-2657 or intlctr@unf.edu