Undergraduate Study Abroad Awards

For institutes interested in collaborating with this program, click here for the proposal form.

For the summer of 2020 and the 2020-2021 academic year.

The 17 awards will be as follows:

1) One (1) scholarship for study in San José, Costa Rica at the Universidad Veritas. Courtesy of the Universidad Veritas, this award includes tuition for one Spanish language course in the morning, free access to the university’s labs, Wi-Fi, library, student shuttle service and extracurricular activities for four weeks of study during the summer of 2020. The Universidad Veritas winners must pay all personal expenses and the costs of registration ($195), homestay fees with half pension (breakfast and dinner), laundry, course materials (books), airport pickup and drop-off, additional medical insurance if desired, and excursions while with the program. Click here for specific fees. Sigma Delta Pi will provide to the scholarship winner a stipend of $1000 that may be used toward travel to Costa Rica. This scholarship is appropriate for all levels of Spanish.

2) Three (3) scholarships for study in Alcalá de Henares, Spain at the Instituto Franklin-Universidad de Alcalá de Henares (UAH). Courtesy of the Instituto Franklin-Universidad de Alcalá de Henares, these awards include free registration, tuition, UAH credits, and access to all university services and Spanish tutorials for four weeks of study in July 2020. UAH winners must pay the cost of room (lodging with families is required), meals, medical insurance (optional), airport transportation and cultural activities (required) while in Spain. Sigma Delta Pi will provide to each of the scholarship winners a stipend of $1500 that may be used toward travel to Spain. These scholarships are appropriate for applicants of all levels of Spanish. Click here for available courses.

3) Twelve (12) stipends of $2500 each for study abroad with a program in a Spanish-speaking country for the summer of 2020 or during the 2020-21 academic year (4-week minimum).  Programs that begin before summer 2020 are ineligible. The applicant chooses the study abroad program, which must be approved by the college or university (for course transfer credit) of the applicant’s chapter of Sigma Delta Pi. The stipend may NOT be combined with one of the aforementioned scholarships to Spain and Costa Rica; i.e., an applicant may only apply for either a scholarship or a stipend, but not both. Internships will ONLY be funded if framed within an academic, credit-bearing course; evidence for which the applicant must provide with this application.

4) One (1) scholarship for study abroad in fall 2020 term (early September through mid-December 2020) in Seville, Spain with Spanish Studies Abroad, which will cover the cost of tuition (approx. $6,450 value), access to the Center’s resources and onsite staff and participation in the intercambio program with a local language partner. Sigma Delta Pi will provide the winner a stipend of $1500 that may be used toward travel to Seville, Spain.  The winner will be responsible for paying room and board ($4,400), a general education fee ($3,090), study tours ($750), orientation ($250) and health insurance ($360). This scholarship is for students who will have completed at least one semester of intermediate college Spanish or the equivalent prior to starting the fall 2020 program, and a minimum of a 3.0 GPA in Spanish coursework completed. Click here for available courses in fall 2020 semester.

SIGMA DELTA PI is grateful to the Instituto Franklin-Universidad de Alcalá de Henares, Universidad Veritas and Spanish Studies Abroad for their generosity in providing support for these study abroad awards.



To be eligible to receive one of the awards listed above, an undergraduate student must meet the following minimal requirements:

(1) be a Spanish major or minor;
(2) be of at least junior standing;
(3) be an active (elected) member of Sigma Delta Pi;
(4) have a superior academic record;
(5) be enrolled on February 1, 2019 as a full-time undergraduate student;
(6) have earned grades in at least 12 semester or 18 quarter hours of Spanish courses;
(7) be nominated in writing by the chapter adviser;
(8) submit five copies of a fully completed official application form (see below) together with all required documentation. (Consult with local Faculty Adviser for guidance.)

Applicants whose transcripts do NOT meet the national requirements for membership will automatically be disqualified.  Internships will not be funded unless framed within an academic, credit-bearing course.


CHOICE OF Costa Rica or Spain, summer or semester

Undergraduate Scholarship applicants must indicate their choice to study either in the summer of 2020 in Costa Rica or Spain (July only) or in the fall of 2020 in Seville, Spain.


Applicants must use the official 2020 Undergraduate Scholarship Application form. The faculty adviser of chapters with more than one applicant must complete the Ranking Form.


All applications must be postmarked no later than February 1, 2020. Those postmarked after this date will not be considered.


Two sub-committees (one for the Costa Rica and Spain scholarships; one for the stipends) of three judges each will be appointed by Professor Shelby Thacker, Committee Chair of the Sigma Delta Pi Undergraduate Summer Scholarship Competition for the 2020/21 academic year.  Working independently and with a given set of criteria, the judges will select the winners.  Their decision will be final.


Winners will be notified around April 1, 2020.


Sigma Delta Pi scholarships MUST be used solely for the purposes stated above, i.e. for summer 2020 study in Costa Rica or Spain or fall 2020 semester study in Seville, Spain.  The $2500 stipends must be used solely for the program and terms described in the accepted application, and only during the summer of 2020 or the 2020-21 academic year. These awards may not be used for research purposes, but they may be used for internships only if framed within an academic, credit-bearing course. The scholarships to Costa Rica and Spain may not be used to participate in established college or university-sponsored/directed study abroad programs; however, the $2500 stipends may be used for such programs.  Permission will not be made to alter any of these stipulations. Possible transfer credit must be coordinated with the student’s college or university, not with Sigma Delta Pi.  Ineligible are applications that propose to use the $2500 stipend for study in a country that classified as Level 4 by the U.S. State Department of State; Level 3 may be permitted depending upon the warnings issued for the specific region/city proposed. These levels must be addressed in the applicant’s personal statement. Also ineligible are applications that propose a country that is NOT permitted by the applicant’s home institution; applicants should consult with their institution’s study abroad office, or the equivalent, to determine which countries are restricted from institutionally-endorsed/approved travel.  Confirmation for the latter must be provided in the applicant’s personal statement.

If the program proposed for a $2500 stipend is cancelled for any reason, the award will automatically be null and void as well and may NOT be applied to any other program.


Each student who accepts a Sigma Delta Pi Undergraduate Study Abroad Award MUST commit to consistent class attendance and participation during the period studying abroad as afforded by this awards program.

Within two weeks of their return from studying abroad, each scholarship and stipend winner must submit via the online form (see Guidelines for Essays) a passport-size photograph (.jpg or .gif file) and an essay (MS Word format) of approximately 200 words in Spanish describing the experience of studying abroad online. An awardee who fails to provide the photograph and essay by the aforementioned deadline will forfeit half of his/her stipend.

Awardees unable to undertake the study abroad provided by the scholarship or stipend must inform the Executive Director immediately and will return to him any funding received from Sigma Delta Pi.   If the awardees fail to inform the Executive Director by May 15, 2020 and in sufficient time to award their scholarship or stipend to another student, understanding that arrangements have already been made for funding their study abroad, they will be required to reimburse Sigma Delta Pi for the cost of their award.

Sigma Delta Pi reserves the right to refrain from awarding scholarships to certain locations if it determines that circumstances of the prospective host country might detrimentally impact a student’s educational experience and/or safety. Sigma Delta Pi also reserves the right to award less scholarships and stipends if it deems the applicant pool is deficient.

If the Chair of the Undergraduate Summer Scholarship Competition and/or a judging committee member is also a chapter adviser, then their chapter is eligible for no more than one (1) undergraduate summer scholarship or stipend. An exception may be made if 1) the number of applicants is less than the number of available awards and/or 2) the President, in consultation with the Executive Director, concludes that the quality of the applicant pool is deficient.