Students should begin the application process early so as to have sufficient time to compose an effective set of essays, and for your recomenders to complete their recommendations
Compose your essays offline, in a text-editor, but "Save As".txt to avoid garbled markup
Make sure you have reviewed general guidelines, elsewhere on this page
Recognizing that this is a competitive scholarship based upon multiple metrics (including but not limited to financial need, personal essays and academic activities, GPA, transcripts, and recommendations), make sure to follow directions precisely and accurately
We have found that the highest success in SACS applications tend to go to those people who are best able to articulate specific reasons why the specific program destination is especially valuable or important for them personally
You may include a statement about your involvement in any prior Study Abroad or cultural activities, related or unrelated to the particular place to which you are interested in traveling.
NOTE: It is essential that you check your essays for effective grammar, spelling and usage; that you follow application instructions precisely, and that you ensure that all components of your application, both those submitted by you and those submitted by other entities (notably recommenders) are complete and correct. Incomplete, incorrect, or poorly-constructed applications do not tend to score well.
About the Application Questionnaire
The SAC Scholarship application is entirely online. No paper application form exists, and none will be accepted.
Make sure you read over your application and make any corrections before clicking the SUBMIT button. Once the application is submitted changes cannot be made.
The SACS Application is NOT a Study Abroad Application. You must apply separately to your study abroad program.
About the Statement of Purpose
The Statement of Purpose helps the SACS committee assess the potential future positive impact of your Study Abroad experience. With that in mind, the following are topics you may wish to address:
Describe the specific content (sites, duration, activities, supervising faculty) of your proposed Study Abroad experience
Explain in precise detail the specific impact of the experience’s factors upon your own course of study and eventual degree
Describe the impact of a scholarship award on the likelihood of your completing the Study Abroad experience in question
Describe the future impact of the specific Study Abroad experience upon your future career and communities.
International Students seeking funds to support studies at Texas Tech, rather than abroad, should address these questions explaining why you have chosen to study at TTU.
About the Statement of Financial Need
The purpose of the statement of need is to help the SACS committee assess the potential positive impact of a scholarship award on the likelihood of your completing the Study Abroad experience in question. With that in mind, the following are topics you may wish to address:
List expenses projected for your Study Abroad experience
List your expenses for Lubbock/TTU study of the same duration (2-weeks, 4-6 weeks, semester, etc); include tuition, housing, books, car, phone, food, etc, using the specific numbers
Describe how these expenses are met, from what sources
Describe and discuss specific additional costs that the trip represents
In light of the above, articulate your estimated shortfall, and consequent scholarship need
About Submitting a Transcript
Request ONE officialTexasTechUniversity transcript from the Office of the Registrar in West Hall, Room 103 and from all other institutions at which you have taken coursework for at least one semester.
If this is your first semester at TTU, you must submit a transcript showing that you are currently enrolled in the university.
Committee members consider not only your cumulative GPA, but also look at your complete transcript for patterns of improvement and non-representative semesters. A lower GPA does not rule you out of the competition but you must have the required GPA to apply for the scholarship. (2.7 for Undergrad; 3.0 for Grad; and 2.0 for Law).
Transcripts must be RECEIVED in the Study Abroad office by 5 p.m. on the deadline date. Transcripts received after 5 p.m. on the deadline date will not be accepted, and your entire application will be considered incomplete. Incomplete applications will not be forwarded to the scholarship committee for consideration.
NO FAXED COPIES ACCEPTED. Transcripts may be brought to the Study Abroad office in person, sent through Campus Mail (Mailstop is 5004) or mailed to:
Study Abroad Office
601 Indiana Ave MS 5004
Lubbock, TX 79409-5004
About the Recommendations
As part of the application questionnaire you will request that two recommendations be written for you. At least one recommendation must be from a TTU professor.
Select these people carefully! You want recommenders who:
know your professional and academic career: professors, advisers, supervisors, etc. It is not a good idea to select those who know you primarily on a personal basis (relatives, religious professionals, friends, fraternity/sorority members)
know your recent accomplishments--ideally people from Texas Tech. A recommendation from someone who knew you prior to Texas Tech may be valid, but it does not convey the same sense of current knowledge as one from someone who works with you now.
know you well. You want someone who can speak positively and in detail about your suitability for this program. This is why it's a good idea to make sure your recommender knows the nature--or at least the location!--of your Study Abroad experience.
are conscientious. You want someone who will write a detailed, considered, positive, recommendation and get it in on time. Do not select someone who will write a cursory recommendation, or one that is late, or one that never gets completed.
Remember it is your responsibility to make smart choices in selecting your recommenders; do this early, and think about it hard.
NO paper recommendations will be accepted. All recommendations must be submitted online.
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