Study abroad scholarships
Gary Kane Comparative Cultural Studies Study Abroad Scholarship
The Gary Kane (College of Arts and Letters graduate, 1969) Comparative Cultural Studies Study Abroad Scholarship was established in 2021 for the purpose of providing scholarship support to a full-time student pursuing a B.A. in Comparative Cultural Studies, BIS 90-30 Humanities, or a student pursuing a major in the College of Arts and Letters and a minor in a Comparative Cultural Studies program (ARH Art History, ASN Asian Studies, HUM Humanities, REL Comparative Study of Religions, or MST Museum Studies) enrolled in a semester or a year-long program through the Center for International Education at NAU in Japan, Spain, Germany, Italy, or France. Applicants must be sophomores, juniors, or seniors. Students enrolled in Interdisciplinary Global Programs are not eligible for this scholarship. Preference will be given to students studying in Kyoto, Japan.
Award amount: $5000
Students interested in this scholarship may apply at nau.scholarshipuniverse.com or may email us with their application and essay. Fill out this application and write a 500-word essay explaining what you hope to gain from studying abroad and then email the completed form to email@example.com. Printed copies of the application will not be accepted.
The application will open in March 2023 and will close on April 14, 2023.
Lakeview United Methodist Church Scholarship
The Lakeview United Methodist Church Scholarship was established in 1984 for the purpose of providing scholarship support to a full-time major or minor in CCS who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in Comparative Study of Religions courses (REL) in CCS. Award amount: up to $1500
Lois Kellogg Duncan Scholarship
The Lois Kellogg Duncan Scholarship is awarded to a full-time student majoring in CCS who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in Comparative Cultural Studies and/or Humanities courses (CCS, HUM, MST) in CCS. Award amount: up to $750
Students must be enrolled full-time to be eligible for CCS academic scholarships. Visit nau.scholarshipuniverse.com to submit your application and to find other scholarships that you may be eligible for.
You can also fill out our single application and email the completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org. Printed copies of the application will not be accepted. You can download the application as a PDF or as a Microsoft docx.
The application will open in February 2024 and will close in March 2024. Extensions can be sought by reaching out to the Department of Comparative Cultural Studies (see info below).
Email us at email@example.com.
Additional Department Awards
- Junior Book Prize, awarded annually to a junior in each emphasis and minor who shows outstanding academic promise.
- The Bill Mahan/Arne Hassing Religious Studies Award, awarded each semester to a graduating senior who focused their studies in the comparative study of religions during their degree program in CCS.
- Each semester, one CCS major is recognized as the Outstanding Senior for Comparative Cultural Studies.
Outstanding Senior for Spring 2023
Katherine Leddy graduated in spring 2023 with a major in Comparative Cultural Studies with an art history emphasis and a second major in Anthropology. She will begin the graduate program in Archaeology at NAU this fall and continue to work at the Clara M. Lovett Art Museum on campus. Katherine originally wanted to major in nursing until she enrolled in ARH 143 Arts of Asia. She loved the class and material so much that she changed her major and later she even served as a teaching assistant for the class. Katherine considers her recent research project “Wartime Trauma in Greek Vase Painting: The Suicide of Ajax” her biggest accomplishment in the last two years. She writes “Working with Dr. Carpino, my faculty mentor, I created a speech and poster which I presented at two different symposiums. This project felt like a culmination of my art historical knowledge and writing skills that I worked on for the last four years.”
2023 Comparative Cultural Studies Scholarship Recipients
Morgan Wood, Gary Kane Study Abroad Scholarship and the Lois Kellogg Duncan Scholarship
Morgan Wood received the Gary Kane Study Abroad Scholarship and the Lois Kellogg Duncan Scholarship. Morgan is a major in Comparative Cultural Studies with a minor in Museum Studies. Morgan will study abroad next year at Aix-Marseille University in Aix-en-Provence in the south of France. Morgan writes “The interdisciplinarity of CCS along with my minor in museum studies allows me to consider a wide variety of paths in life. This time abroad poses an entirely new landscape of learning and exploration, and as a life-long learner, I am dedicated to inquiry and curiosity both in and out of the classroom.”
Joce Dolezal, Lakeview United Methodist Scholarship
Joce Dolezal is a major in Comparative Cultural Studies with an emphasis in Public Humanities and a minor in Museum Studies. Joce writes “Majoring in Comparative Cultural Studies with an emphasis in public humanities was an opportunity which felt like it fell into my lap my freshman year when I found myself feeling unsatisfied in my original major. When changing my major to CCS and beginning my journey, the only things I knew for sure were my interests in history and humanity. Little did I know that I would fall in love with the classes I took which discussed culture, religion, the act of memory-keeping through institutions such as museums and archives, and how to meaningfully interact with and honor history through its critical examination and careful curation. Dr. Pratt-Sturges and her classes have been imperative to my success and enjoyment of CCS as she has consistently pushed me to do the best work I can and has truly been an irreplaceable mentor through these last few semesters. Without her I know without hesitation that I would not have found myself in CCS in the way I have and be able to look to my academic future with so much excitement.”
Kieran McKinney, Lakeview United Methodist Scholarship
Kieran is in the Asian Studies-Integrated Global Program and will graduate with two degrees, one in Asian Studies with a Japanese emphasis and another in Applied Computer Science. Kieran writes “my favorite class so far would definitely have to be ARH 270 Arts of Japan with Dr. Gulacsi” and despite the challenge of two rigorous majors, “I am gaining experience in the language of my choosing, while also learning about the history and culture of Japan, where I plan on studying abroad through the IGP program.”
Junior Book Prizes for Spring 2023
Mckenzi Monical, Art History
Mckenzi is pursuing the B.A. in Comparative Cultural Studies with an emphasis in Art History and minors in Museum Studies and the Comparative Study of Religions.
Joce Dolezal, Public Humanities
Joce is pursuing B.A. in Comparative Cultural Studies with an emphasis in Public Humanities and a minor in Museum Studies.
Lee Wiechmann, Museum Studies
Lee is pursuing B.A. in Comparative Cultural Studies with an emphasis in Public Humanities and a minor in Museum Studies.
Outstanding Senior for Spring 2022
CCS major (emphasis in the Comparative Study of Religions) Dominic Counihan has been recognized as the Outstanding Senior for the department. Dominic previously received the Lakeview United Methodist Scholarship in 2020. He is from Tehachapi in California and also pursued a major in Military Science. Dominic chose to major in CCS out of his desire for promoting interpersonal relationships and says that he “wants everyone to feel accepted and respected, which is why I chose to study CCS- so that I could gain a better understanding of people and the communities/values that exist between them.” Dominic also remarked on how his experience in CCS has helped him gain perspective of other cultures and “I can honestly say that I have become more open-minded and accepting of change, adversity, new concepts, and especially of different religions and their beliefs.” After graduation, he will commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army. He will initially be a Chaplain Candidate with an Education Delay to his active duty service obligation as he completes his seminary education to become a Catholic priest. The Diocese of Phoenix recently accepted Dominic as a seminarian and he will attend St. John Vianney’s Seminary in Denver, Colorado in the Fall of 2022.
2022 Comparative Cultural Studies Scholarship Recipients
Mckenzi Monical, Atkin Family Scholarship
CCS major (B.A. in Comparative Cultural Studies, emphasis in Art History, Museum Studies minor) Mckenzi Monical has been awarded the Atkin Family scholarship. Mckenzi is from Joshua Tree, California. She is interested in a career in museums as a curator or an archivist. Mckenzi writes “I have thoroughly enjoyed every CCS and Art History course at NAU but I especially loved my CCS 250 class with Dr. Dunja Jelesijevic on monsters and the supernatural in Asian cultures.”
Angela Brauer, Atkin Family Scholarship
CCS major (B.IS. in Humanities) Angela Brauer has been awarded the Atkin Family scholarship. She is lives in Tucson and recently transferred to NAU from Pima Community College with her Associate in Arts degree. Angela writes “The cross-cultural aspect of Humanities is what I really love about the major. I am able to look at things in a new way and better understand other people and their culture because of what I have learned. Overall, my favorite CCS class so far was HUM371 Technology & Culture. In this class, humanistic values like tolerance and freedom are examined in relation to the technological society that we live in today. I learned so much and my perspective on technology really changed. The professor, Dr. Pratt, was so helpful and supportive as it was my first full year at NAU.”
Brandi Vega, Kellogg Duncan Scholarship
CCS major (B.IS. in Humanities) Brandie Vega has been awarded the Kellogg Duncan scholarship. Brandie is pursuing triple majors, including a B.IS. Strategic Leadership and a B.S. in Communication Science and Disorders. She currently lives in Tucson and is nearing the end of her programs. Brandie writes “ Each CCS class has been amazing and I am so thankful for each. Every instructor has made a lifetime impression on me. Dr. Pratt, Dr. Coleman, and every other instructor I’ve had has been amazing! I’m especially thankful that Dr. Pratt’s digital humanities class, as it helped me to enjoy working in technology again because I see that now more than ever, how technology could be used to help people and achieve meaningful things.”