March 31, 2016

SCA Scholarship Recipient Report Guidelines

I. INSTRUCTIONS

  1. All SCA Scholarship recipients are requested to submit a report after completing their studies funded by SCA. The report should be submitted within a month of completing the studies and returning from their SCA-funded experience.
  2. SCA Grant Reports should be filed electronically by copying the form below to a Word document, completing the report in the Word document and submitting the report to: scholarships@swedishcouncil.org. The subject line should read “SCA Scholarship Report from (your name).Reports must be submitted in English. These instructions needn’t be included in the report.
  3. Supporting materials in digital format such as photographs of you, your experiences and/or your research are highly appreciated and may submitted by sending the either with your report or in a separate email to scholarships@swedishcouncil.org. Again, the subject line should read “SCA Scholarship Report from (your name). SCA is especially interested in receiving print-quality images that we may use in our communications. It is assumed that by submitting an image, you are giving SCA the rights to use that image.
  4. The more personal the report the better. SCA wants to know about your experience and how you benefited from your SCA Scholarship! For an example of a great report, go to the SCA website and search for “2012 Seaborg Scholar Report – Dawn Comstock”.
  5. While always appreciated (and highly recommended!), a ‘thank you note’ addressed to the SCA Education and Scholarships Committee, no matter how elegantly written, is not a project report.
  6. Additional inquiries concerning the SCA Scholarships Program should be directed to SCA’s Executive Director at: swedcoun@swedishcouncil.org or by calling 612-871-0593.

II. PERSONAL INFORMATION

Name:

Which SCA Scholarship you received:

Dates you were abroad:

College:

Address at College:

College Email:

Permanent Address (typically parents’):

Permanent Email:

III. SCA Scholarship Report outline:

1. YOUR BACKGROUND:

Provide a brief description of why you applied for the scholarship and what you originally expected to achieve or gain if you received support from SCA. Be sure to include your personal and academic background, your hopes and aspirations that made receiving an SCA Scholarship important to you, and how you prepared for your experiences in Sweden.

2. YOUR EXPERIENCE:

Provide concrete details of what you did, whom you met (i.e. fellow students, professors/instructors and outstanding individuals), what you learned, where you traveled, where you stayed, which seminars you attended, etc. Be sure to tell what, when, where, how, and who—and why? Give specifics about what you learned, what contacts you made and how you will continue to reap the benefits of the gained from this experience and how you might be able to share them to a wider circle.

For example, if you received the SCA Glenn T. Seaborg Science Scholarship, tell about your travel and accommodations in Sweden, your participation in International Youth Science Seminar, which scientific seminars you attended, how many others attended the seminars, your participation in Nobel Prize Ceremony and Banquet, which Nobel Laureates, Royal Family Members and other notables you met, etc.

3. YOUR REFLECTIONS:

Were you able to attain your goals from this experience? What was learned that you found most satisfying? Was there anything you found especially surprising? Is there a personal story or anecdote you can share? Was there any wisdom gained that you can share with others, especially future SCA Scholarship recipients and/or SCA supporters?

4. YOUR FUTURE:

What impact will this experience have on your future, both academically and personally? Will you continue your studies in this field and/or in your host country?

5. SCA IMPROVEMENT:

How can SCA improve its scholarship program? Would you recommend SCA Scholarships to your friends and advisors?

5. RECOGNITION OF SCA:

Were you able to represent SCA as part of your experience? Did the people you met know you were there as an SCA Scholar? Would you be willing to help SCA promote its Scholarships Program by being a speaker or by authoring a testimonial?