Green Heart Scholarship
The Umbra Institute’s innovative Food Studies Program has recently become the Food and Sustainability Studies Program (FSSP). In an effort to attract excellent students who have previous experience with environmental studies and sustainability but who also have an interest in food studies, the Institute is offering three Green Heart Scholarships per term. The region of Umbria is well-known as the “green heart” (cuore verde) of Italy, because of its intact forests and traditional rural landscape. Perugia, Umbria’s capital, hosts over 30,000 Italian and foreign students and offers an excellent taste of central Italy’s food culture. The scholarships be available starting in Summer 2015. The amount is $1,000 during the semester and $500 during the summer session. Bennington students who are interested in the scholarship should send the following:
- an unofficial transcript;
- a brief (1,000 word max.) statement of purpose describing why they would like to complete the FSSP curricular concentration;
- a letter of recommendation from a Bennington faculty member (which can be sent directly to the email below).
The dates for submission and notification are as follows:
Term Deadline Date of Notification
Summer 2015 25 March 2015 31 March 2015
Fall 2015 25 March 2015 31 March 2015
Spring 2016 30 September 2015 15 October 2015
Summer 2016 10 March 2016 21 March 2016
More information on Perugia follows below. For any questions about the scholarship, please email the Associate Director for the Food and Sustainability Studies Program, Zachary Nowak, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Big University Town in a Small Italian City. The classes are held in Perugia, in central Italy, at the Umbra Institute. Bennington students will take advantage of the Institute’s beautiful location to complete courses in food and sustainability. Italian proficiency is not required as the courses are in English, though one Italian language course is required during the semester terms.
Student Life. Each summer the Umbra Institute hosts between 80 and 100 American and Italian college students from colleges and universities across the U.S. and in Perugia. Housing is provided for all students in shared apartments within a 5-minute walk of the Institute. Apartments are furnished with full kitchens and have WiFi access. (Check out some of the student activities offered at Umbra.)
Pictures from Study Abroad in Italy, Perugia