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Educating the International Trade Community on Export and Import Process


ABOUT THE SIA SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

The Society for International Affairs (SIA) exists for its members, and while many members take advantage of their membership to attend SIA’s conferences, your SIA membership provides other benefits as well, including eligibility for college and postgraduate scholarships.

As part of our educational mission, SIA has established a program that awards scholarships to students with a demonstrated interest in the field of international trade or related fields of study. Our hope is that the scholarship program will serve SIA’s members while also encouraging and equipping individuals to pursue a career in international trade. It is no secret in the age of Export Controls Reform (ECR) that the field is growing, and industry as well as the government have need for qualified professionals. The SIA Scholarship Program strives to assist in filling this need. In the past, scholarships have been granted to support studies in a wide variety of areas, including:

  • political science;
  • international relations;
  • economics; and
  • international business.

SIA provides these scholarships on a yearly basis with the goal of supporting students in their pursuit of studies in the international trade field and fostering the development of interest in careers in export and import licensing and compliance as well as permitting students to build relationships with current industry members. Numerous past scholarship members have completed their studies and accepted positions in the international trade industry and now are regular attendees, and even volunteers, at SIA Conferences.

We encourage all SIA members to consider whether they could benefit from a scholarship to further their educational goals or know of a child, grandchild, nephew, niece, neighbor or colleague who may be eligible and able to benefit from this program. Membership in SIA or sponsorship by a current SIA member is encouraged, but is not in itself a requirement for scholarship eligibility.

Scholarship awards are granted without regard to gender, race, religion, color, creed, age, disability, citizenship or national origin.

2023 SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION

Applications will be accepted from December 1, 2022 - January 31, 2023

Questions?  Contact sia@siaed.org

2023 SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION

Scholarship awards are granted without regard to gender, race, religion, color, creed, age, disability, citizenship or national origin.

Scholarships may be awarded in any amount up to $5,000 per recipient and will be paid directly to the college or university. Scholarship recipients will receive free admission to one SIA conference, which provide a unique opportunity to learn about international trade as a career  as well as network with industry members. Conference attendance must occur within two years of notification of Scholarship award.

Eligibility: To be eligible for a scholarship, the applicant must be a rising junior or senior undergraduate or a graduate student, enrolled as a full or part-time student in an accredited U.S. college or university, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Membership in SIA or sponsorship by a current SIA member is highly encouraged, but is not in itself a requirement for scholarship eligibility.

Criteria for selection:

Criteria for selection, in order of importance, are:

  • Proven interest or experience in international trade or related area, to include work or volunteer experience;
  • Narrative explaining your interest in international trade or related area;
  • Current academic standing and performance (must be a rising junior or senior undergraduate, or a graduate student, with a minimum 3.0 overall GPA); 
  • Letter of recommendation; Honors; and Relevant international trade related extracurricular activities. 

How scholarships will be awarded:

This grant is for future educational endeavors and not to pay past student debt.

Scholarships may be awarded in any amount up to $5,000 per recipient and will be paid directly to the college or university. Payments will be made in August and December.  

Checklist for application requirements

Take precautions, keep your answers in a  separate word processing program and paste the answers into the form and SAVE OFTEN.  We will not be able to access anything you input until you submit the application.

There are several required fields in the application form.  You have the option to SAVE and RESUME your application if you do not have all of the information when you start to complete the form.  The required fields must be included before you submit.  

ü  Applicant's personal information

ü  Information about school and if awarded, where the payment should be mailed to

ü  Information about your coursework/studies

ü  Information about your interest in international trade

ü Official College transcript(s) to include all institutions of higher education attended

ü  One written letter of recommendation from a professor, work colleague or other individual who can speak to the applicant’s accomplishments and interest in the field of international trade

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