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Connelly-Delouvrier International Scholars Program

The Connelly-Delouvrier International Scholars Program is designed to provide financial support for one academic semester of study abroad for a select group of academically talented students.  The program supports international studies opportunities for undergraduate students while building momentum for Villanova’s efforts to globalize its curriculum and build lasting relationships with host institutions. This program is a chance for undergraduate students to enhance their arc of development; therefore, a student’s chosen program of study should build upon previous experiences and contribute to future plans and goals.

This program is open to students in the Honors Program for semester-long study abroad experiences in the fall or spring semesters.  Preference will be given to students who choose distinctive and highly challenging academic programs and to students with demonstrated financial need.  In recent years, Connelly-Delouvrier International Scholars have had great success competing for nationally competitive scholarships, such as the Fulbright; therefore, preference will also be given to students whose program would naturally lead to this path.

The Connelly-Delouvrier International Scholars Program is a result of the generosity of the Connelly Foundation and honors the memory of Judith Connelly-Delouvrier who died in the 1996 TWA Flight 800 tragedy. Mrs. Judith Connelly-Delouvrier was born Judith Celeste Connelly in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania, and attended Melrose Academy in Elkins Park.  She graduated from Rosemont College, studied at the Sorbonne in Paris, France, and received her master's degree in art history from George Washington University. Her career included positions with the international art dealer Sotheby's in New York and Revlon, Inc.  In addition, Mrs. Delouvrier's volunteer work included serving on an advisory committee of an international exchange program for French and American students.  Thus Mrs. Delouvrier’s experiences exemplified an appreciation of the opportunities that the Connelly-Delouvrier International Scholars Program make available to Villanova Students.

The application is now closed for our 2021-2022 Academic Year Scholars.  

To apply for the Connelly-Delouvrier International Scholars Program students must submit their application, essay, resume and official transcript.  The essay, resume, and transcript must be submitted as one PDF document.  In addition, students must obtain two letters of recommendation from Villanova University faculty members.  All materials must be submitted by Monday, April 12, 2021 by 5:00 PM.  Please note, no late material will be accepted.  No hardcopies or email submissions will be accepted.

1. Application:
 You must use the link below to fill out the application and submit all required documents.  (No paper copies will be accepted.)  Please note you must fill out and submit all documents in their entirety otherwise the system will force you to start the process over.

a.  Application Link:      

2. Essay: Please write a 1000-word essay that integrates your responses to the following questions:

a.  Describe in detail your intended program of study and related cultural           activities.

b.  How does your intended  of study fit into your arc of development? 

c.  Why have you selected this particular country and this particular                   program? 

d.  How will it build upon your past experiences and contribute to your               future plans and goals?

e.  How will this program contribute to your growth as a global citizen? 

f.   What draws you to pursue an international studies program? 

g.  What do you hope to gain from this opportunity?

h.  How do you see your role as an ambassador for Villanova? 

i.  What qualifies you for this role? 

j.  What might you contribute to the Villanova community as a result of this        experience upon your return?

3. Resume: Include a resume listing your college honors, scholarships, extracurricular activities, publications, community service, performances, employment, and other activities that you consider most significant.  No hardcopies or email submissions will be accepted.

4. Official Transcripts: Villanova transcripts should be requested electronically from the Registrar’s Office.  No hardcopies or email submissions will be accepted.

5. Recommendations: Your recommendations should address your academic potential and your ability to flourish in and contribute to a different cultural environment.  Your recommenders should be Villanova University professors.  Please send the link below to your recommenders.  Recommendations are due on Monday, April 12, 2021 by 5:00 PM.  No paper copies or email submissions will be accepted. All professors will be notified once letters are received by the Honors Program.

a. Recommenders Link:                              

6. Please direct any questions to

Program Eligibility and Deadlines

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The Connelly-Delouvrier International Scholarship is open to students in good standing in the University Honors Program (3.33 cumulative GPA, active in Honors). Students typically apply in their sophomore year for study abroad in the junior year, although freshman may also apply to study abroad in their sophomore year.

Applications should submitted via Blackboard.  A complete application consists of a completed application form, resume, essay, official transcripts, two teacher recommendations with official cover sheets, and a description of your proposed study abroad program. (See full details in main page text).