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STARS Scholarship

STARS Scholarship

The STARS Scholarship awards up to 10 scholarships of $500.00 per award.  The 10 students selected by the STARS Committee will receive $500.00 towards their study abroad program.  Each selected winner only receives one award of $500.00.  The award is contingent upon meeting all of the STARS Scholarship requirements.

Application Deadline: Thursday, February 3, 2022

Awards Announced: Thursday, March 3, 2022

STARS Application

Application Requirements


  • Complete ALL of the required fields for the STARS Scholarship Application.
  • This award is only for students enrolled in a degree program at Clayton State University.
  • This award is only for Clayton State students enrolled in a Clayton State study abroad program. 
  • The applicant must be enrolled in a study abroad program to be eligible for the award.
  • Must have a minimum GPA of a 2.5 to qualify.
  • STARS GPA - Minimum 2.5 GPA. Both your overall and institutional GPA should not be below a 2.5.  If your GPA is not available then contact your Academic Advisor or the Undergraduate or Graduate Admissions department to obtain your GPA information.
  • Submit a copy of your Unofficial Transcript: Can be found via the DUCK.  Check under ‘Student Services’ for ‘Transcript (Unofficial)’. Submit a PDF or screen shot.
  • Submit a copy of your Financial Aid Award Letter: If applicable to Fin Aid recipients; this can be found via the DUCK in the Financial Aid portal. Submit a PDF or screen shot.
  • Submit a copy of your HOPE Award Letter: If applicable to HOPE recipients; this can be found via the DUCK in the Financial Aid portal. Submit a PDF or screen shot.
  • Submit your STARS EssaySee the Essay Guidelines below.  Did the essay follow the Essay Guidelines?
  • All questions must be answered on the STARS Scholarship Application.  Incomplete applications will NOT be considered.

Students awarded the scholarship will receive $500.00 upon winning.  Students must perform directed work with the Study Abroad Office promoting study abroad programs by the following:

Assisting on campus, on-site overseas assisting a professor or other directed work with the Study Abroad Office, either before or after the program with a minimum of 10 hours of service.

As part of the acceptance of the STARS award, students must perform as least ten (10) hours of OIP directed work promoting study abroad. Here are a few examples on how students can obtain the mandatory service hours:

  • Work in the Study Abroad Office.
  • Volunteer at the Study Abroad Fair(s).
  • Speak/Present to a Class about Your Study Abroad Experience.
  • Design a Video on Your Study Abroad Experience.
  • Create a Scrapbook on Your Study Abroad Experience.
  • Propose a project to the office to collaborate on. 

Additionally, students who are awarded the STARS Scholarship are required to write thank you notes to the STARS Committee and to the CSU Foundations office.  These are two separate letters thanking the STARS Committee for selecting the student as a recipient of the award and to the CSU Foundations office who provides the annual award to the Study Abroad Office to distribute the award.  Students are required to write these letters individually with their own material and each letter enclosed in an envelope. 

Students awarded the scholarship will receive $500.00 upon winning.  Students must perform directed work with the Study Abroad Office promoting study abroad programs by the following:

Assisting on campus, on-site overseas assisting a professor or other directed work with the Study Abroad Office, either before or after the program with a minimum of 10 hours of service.

As part of the acceptance of the STARS award, students must perform as least ten (10) hours of OIP directed work promoting study abroad. Here are a few examples on how students can obtain the mandatory service hours:

  • Work in the Study Abroad Office.
  • Volunteer at the Study Abroad Fair(s).
  • Speak/Present to a Class about Your Study Abroad Experience.
  • Design a Video on Your Study Abroad Experience.
  • Create a Scrapbook on Your Study Abroad Experience.
  • Propose a project to the office to collaborate on. 

Additionally, students who are awarded the STARS Scholarship are required to write thank you notes to the STARS Committee and to the CSU Foundations office.  These are two separate letters thanking the STARS Committee for selecting the student as a recipient of the award and to the CSU Foundations office who provides the annual award to the Study Abroad Office to distribute the award.  Students are required to write these letters individually with their own material and each letter enclosed in an envelope. 

Each student’s financial aid situation is unique and it is impossible to include all aspects of financial aid information.  In addition, students should be aware that the STARS Scholarship is disbursed in the same manner as any other scholarship/financial aid delivered to Clayton State student accounts.  Generally, it will be applied toward any outstanding balance on your account, which would include your study abroad program fees or to any other tuition and fees on your account.  To the manner in which awards are disbursed, it may not actually deduct the program fees you owe (it might be applied toward your tuition, for example).  It is your responsibility to ensure that your program fees are paid in full by the deadline indicated by your program.

Receipt of this award may impact your financial aid eligibility.  It is recommended that you speak with representatives in the Financial Aid office BEFORE applying for this scholarship to see how it might affect your individual situation.  Your Program Director and the Study Abroad Office DO NOT have access to your financial aid information and are not qualified to discuss this with you. 

The STARS Committee is composed of faculty and/or staff that are not associated with the current study abroad programs in progress.  These faculty and/or staff are provided ALL of the applicant’s submission material for review.  The committee reviews that the students have met all of the STARS requirements, while also reviewing the content of each essay.  The committee reads and reviews each essay to determine that the criteria have been met by the applicant.  If the applicant fails to meet all of the requirements, the committee will disqualify the applicant.

Once the committee has determined the 10 finalists, they will notify the Study Abroad Office.  The Study Abroad Office then works in conjunction with the Financial Aid Office to distribute the award.  The Study Abroad Office will notify the finalists once the award has been distributed and will update the finalists about their service obligations.  The Study Abroad Office will also update the remaining applicants about the status of the award distribution. 

There are multiple study abroad programs with multiple students, so please note that only a few students will receive this award.  The STARS Committee can only award 10 awards to eligible recipients of $500.00 per finalist. 

This scholarship may not be applicable every year due to funding and as it is based on annual giving.  As of 2021-2022, this award is awaiting funding approval.