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Rita Kranidis Global Humanities Scholarship

The Rita Kranidis Global Humanities Scholarship Fund was created as an endowment by faculty in the Global Humanities Institute to energize, motivate, and support the passion of students and faculty. We strongly believe that adopting a broadly humanistic and global perspective on the issues that confront our world today is an important means of preparing students and faculty for a complex and intricate future, with issues, concerns and opportunities that are unprecedented. We know that in order to address the needs of our societies and communities in the future, we will need a deep understanding of our global interconnectedness. The interdisciplinary work of the global humanities makes possible this deeper understanding, putting a premium on people’s lives and the ways that mutual appreciation of cultural differences and similarities shape our realities.

A scholarship of $500 will be awarded to one student who is completing GHUM101, Introduction to Global Humanities.

Students must complete the application below and provide the following:

  1. A letter of recommendation from their GHUM101 professor. Note: Students are to request that this letter be sent from their professor directly to Prof. Cinder Barnes at

  2. Their academic transcript

  3. An essay (250 words) describing their own interest in the area of global humanities

The essay may address questions such as:

    • What motivates you personally to study global humanities?
    • Why is a humanities approach necessary to understanding others?
    • What do you see as the importance of global studies and humanistic approaches to global issues?
    • What do you see as your potential role in terms of work to impact global contexts in the future?
    • What historical figure ignites your interests in becoming an active global citizen?

Applications are due by 5:00pm on June 7, 2024. For more information, please contact Cinder Barnes.