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LGBT Services Announces Study Abroad Scholarship Guidelines

by Buford,Brian Wesley last modified Jan 07, 2013 12:14 PM



The Office for LGBT Services is offering scholarships for students who want to study abroad in Greece May 14-29, 2013.  The amount and number of scholarships awarded will depend on the applications received.  Successful applications must include:

1.    A cover letter (2 pages maximum) explaining why you are interested in the trip, how it fits into your academic and personal goals, and your need for financial assistance.
2.    An up-to-date report from the Financial Aid office indicating your level of need and other sources of financial assistance you may be receiving.
3.    A proposal (one page maximum) explaining how you will “give back” to the community here in Louisville if awarded.  Examples of service include video blogging  from Greece, posting photos to the office website, working at next year’s Study Abroad fair to tell others about your experiences, etc.

Scholarships will be awarded up to the full cost of the trip (minus incidentals and expenses for passports, etc.) based on the quality of your submission and the number of students seeking assistance.  In your application, indicate the amount of scholarship you are requesting and why.

The deadline for submitting your application is January 15, 2013.  All three components must be received by the deadline to be considered.  Electronic versions of your materials can be sent to

About the course:

“Queer Politics in Greece”
This experience examines the way different political systems impact LGBT people.

We will draw both on academic research and first hand experiential learning. The Greek political system differs significantly from the United States. Greece has a parliamentary  system (people vote for parties, not individuals and the president is chosen by Parliament) and a multiparty system. Additionally, as an EU member Greece must follow the rulings of the EU Human Rights Court. You will learn how these different systems impact LGBT access to the political system, ways of organizing, and the protection of LGBT rights, including marriage.  Our academic learning will be complemented by hands-on experience. 

Whether correct or not, ancient Greece is often seen as the birthplace of homosexuality.
We'll investigate the history of same sex relations by visiting the island of Lesbos. Lesbos was the home of the ancient poet Sappho. Both "Lesbos" and "Sappho" are associated with love between women (lesbians and Sapphic love) even though the exact nature of Sappho's relations with women is unknown.

We'll get personal experience of LGBT activity in Athens by visiting a number of local LGBT organizations including the Panteion University Center for Gender Studies, the Greek Transvestites & Transsexuals Solidarity Association, and the International Outview Film Festival.

Trip Details

Cost of the trip is $3,637.  A deposit of $350 is due January 25 to reserve your place on the trip.

The trip fee includes:

  • Roundtrip airfare from Louisville to Greece
  • Group airport pick-up and drop-off in Athens, Greece
  • Roundtrip travel from Athens to Isle of Lesbos
  • Public transportation passes
  • Group welcome and farewell dinners
  • Onsite Orientation
  • Breakfast daily
  • Accommodations
  • Cultural activities in Athens and on Isle of Lesbos
  • English-speaking staff
  • Health insurance
  • Liability insurance

Not included:

  • Passport fees
  • Immunizations/Vaccinations
  • Two meals a day
  • Tip money for tour guide/bus driver/etc. (1-2 euros per day)
  • Personal spending money


For more information contact the Office for LGBT Services at 852-0696 or

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