The Matson Study Abroad Scholarship

We are pleased to announce the availability of a student scholarship available to CU Denver students who are interested in one of the following departmental study abroad trips:

  1. Sustainability in Berlin,
  2. Window on China,
  3. Korea Goes Global, or
  4. Development in East Africa.

This study abroad scholarship will fund full costs for a single student to enroll in a study-abroad trip, up to $4000 total. To learn more about these study abroad trips, please contact the Department Chair at

Core award criteria, in order of importance, are: 

  1. CU Denver student, interested in applying for a Political Science Department study abroad trip
  2. Limited international travel experience
  3. Financial need
  4. Undergraduate preference; graduate students also considered
  5. Record of academic, extra-curricular or professional achievement. This scholarship is being provided through an endowed fund, established by Political Science Professor Jana Everett, in memory of her father, Richard Matson. The scholarship is meant to introduce students to the life-changing experience of international travel, and to support students who may not be able to afford such travel through their own resources. We invite all CU Denver students who are interested in taking a Political Science Department study abroad trip (to Berlin, China, Korea, or Uganda) to apply for scholarship support. We will award a single scholarship of $4000. ​​

To apply for this scholarship, please submit the following materials:

  • A short resume, including the following details (where relevant):
    1. Major and GPA
    2. notable awards
    3. scholastic achievements
    4. extra-curricular activities 
    5. professional achievements/jobs held.​​
      Please note: you need not have a long list of achievements to apply for this award.


  • A 500 word (or fewer) essay responding to the following prompt:

The Matson scholarship is meant to introduce students to the life-changing potential of international study. The scholarship is particularly targeted to students with minimal international experience and who might not be able to study abroad without financial support. Please explain why you are a good match for these scholarship guidelines. In your essay, please share which departmental trip you are interested in and the reasons for your interest.” 

  • A copy of your CU Denver transcript—it does not have to be an official, stamped transcript. 

Please submit these materials via email to Department Chair Tony Robinson at Alternatively, drop a hard copy of your materials off at Professor Robinson’s campus office: Student Commons 3228. 

Applications are generally due in early February.