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The Doe Thornburg Scholarship 

Doe Thornburg Scholarship Update

April 14, 2020 

We are greatly saddened to inform you that, in light of the global spread of Covid-19 cases, the International Women Associates has regretfully made the decision to cancel this year’s Doe Thornburg Scholarship program.


We thank and commend the students who applied.  We would also like to thank the professors and partner universities for their support.  We remain hopeful that we will be in a position to re-open our Scholarship application process for the 2020-21 season so that we may provide support to students.  

Students are welcome to reapply for the scholarship when the program resumes in the future, should you continue to plan on studying abroad.  We are sorry for this inconvenience.


As we all face this most challenging and difficult time, we extend our sincerest best wishes for good health.   


Should you require further information, please do not hesitate to contact the IWA Office iwa@iwachicago.org or 312-263-1421.  Thank you again for your support and understanding.  

 About 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 (Fall or Spring semesters only. Summer programs are not eligible).

     Student accepted in a university-affiliated study abroad program;

     Minimum GPA of 3.0/4.0.

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

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: dtscholarship@iwachicago.org  

Only emails will accepted.

* IWA Partner Institutions: Columbia College, Northwestern University,School of the Art Institute of Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago

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