The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures is pleased to announce the Vekich Scholarship, an award for students of South Slavic languages. Up to five Vekich Scholars are named annually from among current UIUC students in the spring, following a simple essay competition. The scholarship will provide language-course materials for Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian (BCS 101-102, 201-202, or 301-302) the following academic year. In addition Vekich Scholars will be eligible to apply for fellowship support (up to two awards, $500 each) toward subsequent summer language study in the U.S., Bosnia, Croatia, or Serbia. This spring no fellowship was awarded, so the competition has been extended to the beginning of the academic year.
For the academic year 2019‐2020, two to three Vekich Scholars will be named. The scholarship will cover the cost of Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian language course texts and materials for the following academic year. In addition, Vekich Scholars will be eligible to apply for fellowship support toward a summer language program to continue their studies in the U.S. or Bosnia, Croatia, or Serbia in the summer of 2020. Submissions to the Vekich Scholarship competition are now being accepted. The only requirement for application is that you commit to studying Bosnian, Croatian, or Serbian for the next academic year.
Competition Guidelines: Submit a 1 page (double‐spaced) essay that discusses your motivations for studying Bosnian, Croatian, or Serbian language, history or culture and how it fits into your educational or career goals. Please include a cover sheet that lists your contact information (name, campus and home address, and email address), and email your essay to Prof. David Cooper, firstname.lastname@example.org. The submission deadline is Sept. 20, 2019.