The Arnold and Frances Shapiro International Scholarship

The Arnold and Frances Shapiro International Scholarship was established by the late Arnie Shapiro, professor of English at The Ohio State University from 1962-1991, and his wife Fran to help English majors and minors study abroad through the department's study abroad programs. Individual awards are available up to $1,000. 

Eligibility: Recipients of the Shapiro International Scholarship must be participating in either English 4400 Literary Locations or the four-week Literature and Culture of London summer program held during May. 

Application Requirements: Students who meet the above criteria should submit an application consisting of the following:

1.       A completed Shapiro Form.pdf

2.       A one-page, single-spaced statement (Word doc or PDF file) that explains (a) why their chosen study abroad program is important to them, (b) how they expect to benefit from the experience and (c) how the award will help them financially afford to participate in the program. Statements should remain anonymous.

3.       A letter of recommendation from one course instructor. Instructors are asked to submit these letters via e-mail to

Submission Procedure: These materials should be emailed as an attachment with the subject line "Shapiro scholarship application" to No hard copies will be accepted.

Deadline to Apply: Applications for this scholarship should be submitted within two weeks of the study abroad program’s application deadline. 

Review Process: Applications will be evaluated on the strength of the statement (clarity, significance of the specific study-abroad program to the student’s academic and personal growth, and financial need); letter of recommendation, and advising report. Scholarship recipients will be recognized at the English Department’s annual spring awards ceremony.

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