For study in France or a Francophone Country/Region
Mayrene Bentley received a Ph.D. in Linguistics from Indiana University Bloomington in 1995. She was a student of French as well, and spent a summer studying in Quebec. She established this scholarship in 2015 so the Department of French and Italian could give scholarships to undergraduate students studying French. Since 2016, our department has used this funding to support study abroad in francophone countries, for students on programs that require French-language skills as a prerequisite.
Each spring, our department receives a list of students who are studying in France or a francophone country the following summer, fall, and academic year from the Office of Overseas Study. Students accepted to study on programs that require previous completion of French courses at IUB are then contacted and welcomed to apply for this $1,000 scholarship. When funds are available, a second round of applications are accepted in November for students studying abroad the following Spring Semester (again, only on programs that require previous work in French at IUB). A faculty committee evaluates the applicants and chooses one recipient per year.