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Global Change Scholars Program

Open February 15-April 15

The Global Change Scholars program is a collaboration between the Multicultural Academic Opportunities Program (MAOP) and the Global Change Center at Virginia Tech. The Global Change Scholars program provides financial assistance to undergraduate students from the U.S. who demonstrate a commitment to academics, research, and community stewardship. Undergraduate Scholars conduct research with Global Change Center faculty.

In exchange for financial support, Global Change Scholars must join other Undergraduate Scholars and MAOP participants in “family” meetings to share ideas and experiences with each other and attend personal and academic growth seminars designed to help students understand their role in the greater community, expand their appreciation for multiculturalism, and to achieve their academic goals. Students are also encouraged to consider advanced study options such as graduate school.

This program offers awards ranging from $750.00 to $1,500.00 for eligible U.S. citizens with unmet financial need.


  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • For current VT students, you must have cumulative GPA of a 2.5 or higher
  • You must have unmet financial need. A completed FAFSA will determine your financial eligibility for the MAOP Global Change Scholarship

Application Requirements

  • Before beginning application, please have the full name and emails of 2 references - one of the two references should be the Global Change Center faculty member with whom you will be working and who has agreed to serve as your research mentor.
  • References will receive a separate notification once this application is submitted, and each will be asked to provide a reference letter.
  • You will also need your unofficial high school or college transcripts to upload.