The Bruce Maitland Brown Fund for Study Abroad was established in 2017 to create greater accessibility to long-term study abroad opportunities for students who otherwise would not have considered the possibility of international travel and immersion.  Grants of $2,500 will be given annually to students attending Lawrence-affiliated or -sponsored international study programs that are a term, semester, or academic year in length.  Applicants should have demonstrated financial need and have not previously studied abroad.  Priority will be given to applicants who are first generation college students.

Bruce Maitland Brown ’69 was a member of WLFM-FM Radio, the soccer team and graduated from Lawrence with a government major. In 1973 he earned his M.A. in public administration from the University of Kentucky. Bruce has served in various administrative and philanthropic positions throughout his career.  Bruce and his wife, Lainie, have one son, Carter Houston Brown who is a 2015 graduate of Hobart and William Smith Colleges and who studied abroad in Wales and Australia.  Bruce has stayed actively involved with Lawrence as a member of the Board of Trustees from 1993-1997, a member of the Lawrence University Alumni Association Board of Directors, and in numerous additional volunteer and leadership positions.  He remains deeply connected to Lawrence and established this fund to enable study abroad participation to aid in individual students’ growth as they actively engage with social, cultural and educational practices different than their own.

Eligibility & Selection Criteria

  • Eligible students will have been accepted to a Lawrence-affiliated or sponsored international off-campus study program for the following academic year.
  • Applicants must be first generation college students and/or have not studied abroad previously.  A first generation college student is defined as a student without one or more parent or guardian who has completed a bachelor’s degree.
  • Applications will be reviewed and evaluated based upon need.  Need will be determined based upon the student’s demonstrated need as determined by the Financial Aid office, the costs of the program in which they will be participating, and a statement submitted with the application. By submitting the application form (on the following page), the student understands that the Office of Financial Aid will access this information and that this will be used in the application review process. All applicants should demonstrate unmet financial need by completing their FAFSA information.
  • All recipients of the Bruce Maitland Brown Fund for Study Abroad are required to submit a detailed and thoughtful impact statement about their experiences to the Off-Campus Programs Office upon their return.  This statement will be sent to the generous donors of off-campus scholarships.  
  • The application deadline for the 2020-2021 Bruce Maitland Brown Fund for Study Abroad Fund is April 27, 2020.  Late applications will not be considered.