University of South Florida
The Genshaft Global Presidential Scholarship provides recipients with up to $10,000
to use towards an approved international experience during their time at USF. This invitation-only scholarship is awarded to qualified prospective First-Time-In-College (FTIC) students (those currently applying to USF) from all three campuses who commit to University of South Florida and the Judy Genshaft Honors College.The College offers 10-12 study abroad opportunities every year. The particular repertoire
of destinations changes year to year, butrecent programs have included trips to Germany,
Vietnam, Italy, Japan, Botswana, South Korea, Dominican Republic, Canada (Montréal),
India, China, and the United Kingdom (a summer program in London and a semester program
in Exeter). Genshaft Global Presidential Scholars may use the scholarship funds for
a single extended program, such as the Exeter Semester, or multiple shorter experiences.
They may also choose from any of the dozens of other study abroad programs supported
by USF’s office of Education Abroad. With the approval of the dean, scholars may also use the funds toward other globally-themed
opportunities, including internships either overseas or with international agencies,
and research opportunities in an international setting. Each year, a new group of
GGPS awardees creates a cohort to support each other and promote global citizenship
through social and academic opportunities throughout the Tampa Bay area. Past examples
of these opportunities include learning to play cricket with USF's club team, and
observing Buddhist ceremonies and ejoying authentic Thai food at Wat Mongkolratanaram,
a local Thai temple.
Watch this one-minute video about Jessica Zelitt, a former GGPS recipient, and her experiences travelling abroad
through this program.
Central to our mission at the Judy Genshaft Honors College is the cultivation of that
quality that the philosopher Aristotle identified as “practical wisdom.” This is
a quality that is realized when one’s perception, understanding, choices, and habits
work together to bring about evermore desirable actions and outcomes. In a time when
even the most intimate parts of our lives are so evidently shaped by global events,
our ability to become practically wise thought-leaders, regardless of our disciplinary
focus or life ambitions, depends upon a global competency. The purpose of this scholarship
is to empower those students whose curiosity, creativity, and life ambitions call
them to “think big,” inquire deeply, and research widely.