Many of UCEAP participants who study abroad in the UK & Ireland take up a sport at their new host institution. For some, it is a sport they have never tried before – they may not have even known it existed at all! For others, studying abroad provides an opportunity to practice a familiar sport by honing their skills in a new place and with new people.
Sometimes getting involved in a new activity can come with some extra costs, whether for new cleats for the football pitch or simply pitching in for petrol when you’re headed to the mountains. If that’s the case, then the Melanie Woiwode Memorial Scholarship can help! Designed to support women students involved in sports as an extracurricular activity during their time studying abroad, the scholarship is named for Melanie Woiwode, who understood and championed the importance of participating in a team activity. Melanie was a vibrant young woman of grace, courage, and passion. The Melanie Woiwode Memorial Scholarship honors a remarkable friend and dedicated sportswoman, with a scholarship in support of University of California female students studying in the UK who have an interest in sport.
The scholarship is available twice a year, with applications due on October 15th and February 15th annually. Here are two of the videos made by Spring 2015 recipients of the Melanie Woiwode Memorial Scholarship, showcasing their experience with sport abroad!
University of California Berkeley
University of Leeds, Spring 2015
“I had initially chosen the University of Leeds specifically so that I may be able to join the LUU Gymnastics Club here. It was important for me to be able to continue the sport while abroad so I truly appreciate the support of the Melanie Woiwode Memorial Scholarship Fund. In addition to being able to participate in an activity in which I feel passionate about, I also got to gain a more global experience to the sport, training with club members here and being in a completely new environment.”
University of California Santa Barbara
University of Edinburgh, 2014-2015
“Participating in archery has played an integral part of my personal self-development and has contributed to an increase in my self-confidence. Archery provided me with the opportunity to develop my physical and mental agility and challenge my social timidity; many of the friendships I made while abroad came from archery club socials and training. Additionally, I had the special chance to compete in the British Universities and College Sports Championships as a novice for the indoor season and then later as a senior in the outdoor season.”