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The Doe Thornburg Scholarship



The International Women Associates (IWA), founded in 1978 by Doe Thornburg, is a 501(c)(3) Chicago cultural and educational organization whose members engage in cross-cultural exchange, community service, dialogue and friendship. By creating connections among people of diverse international backgrounds through our programs and with other organizations, IWA works toward establishing a more just and peaceful world. IWA has a membership of over 500 women with diverse international backgrounds representing 58 countries. 


In keeping with IWA’s vision to promote understanding and cooperation among people of all nations, IWA offers a scholarship to help support a female undergraduate student who is studying abroad. Scholarships are awarded annually to each of the IWA Partner Institutions.*


Scholarship value: US $1,000.00 (applicable only to tuition and course-related expenses).


Eligibility Criteria:

  • Female student who is a US citizen or US permanent resident;
  • Undergraduate degree-seeking student attending an IWA Partner Institution* and studying abroad for at least one semester;
  • Student accepted in a university-affiliated study abroad program;
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0. or SAIC students must have "pass" grade and be in good academic standing.

IWA Board Members and Scholarship Selection Committee and their family members are not eligible.


Application Submission Process and Timeline:

  • Complete application form online below:
  • Applicant must submit completed application online and email their resume to doe_scholarship@iwachicago.org by 5:00 p.m (CST) on May 1, 2018.
  • In addition, a letter of recommendation must be submitted by applicant’s professor or advisor via email to doe_scholarship@iwachicago.org by 5:00 p.m. (CST) on May 1, 2018.

Applicant will be notified of decision no later than June 1, 2018.

The winning applicant will be required to share with IWA, in verbal or written form, at an IWA Annual Meeting or other suitable occasion, her “study abroad experience.” She will be required to sign a contract which defines her obligations.

A copy of the contract is available online www.iwachicago.org/philanthropy/doescholarship


Scholarship Award Criteria:

The applicant should identify her experiences, skills and personal goals. She should explain why she wants to study abroad and how doing so would fulfill the mission of IWA. The following information should also be included:

  • Academic achievement
  • Leadership recognition;
  • Community service, extra-curricular activities, family responsibilities;
  • Financial need priority.

Questions and comments to: doe_scholarship@iwachicago.org. Only emails will be accepted.

* IWA Partner Institutions: Northwestern University, Columbia College, University of Illinois

at Chicago and School of the Art Institute of Chicago.




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