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AASAP/UK Lord Acton Memorial Scholarship

The AASAP/UK Board would like to thank all applicants for their interest in the Lord Acton Memorial Scholarship. 

We are pleased to announce the scholarship winner for 2017/18: 
Taylor Claeys from Gustavus Adolphus College will be spending a year at Oxford University, Worcester College through IFSA-Butler. 

Click here to see Taylor presenting at the 2017 AGM. 


In 2012 AASAP/UK launched the Lord Acton Memorial Scholarship for study abroad students coming to the UK. The Association is pleased to open applications for the 2017/2018 scholarship.

Lord Acton

Lord Acton was AASAP/UK’s first Honorary President, serving in this capacity from 2006 until his untimely death in 2010. His professional career included work as a banker, barrister, human rights campaigner, writer and politician. He sat in the House of Lords as both a life and hereditary peer on the Labour benches. He was a champion of international educational and cultural exchange, and offered invaluable assistance and guidance to AASAP/UK.

Recent Past Winners

King Fok, Fall 2016 - Read his reflection essay here

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Petra Rantanen, Fall 2015 - Read her reflective essay here. 

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The purpose of the scholarship is to provide a deserving study abroad student with financial support to pursue academic study in the United Kingdom.  By offering the scholarship, AASAP/UK is fulfilling one of its purposes – the promotion and support of academic standards. The merit-based scholarship will be awarded to the applicant who demonstrates an understanding and appreciation of the value of an international educational experience and who agrees to share with AASAP/UK members the ways in which the scholarship has helped to fulfil their academic and personal ambitions.  The award will be £500 for a semester or term abroad, or £1,000 for a full year.

The winning student will be required to attend an AASAP/UK meeting to meet the membership, receive the award, and give a short presentation on the goals and objectives that will be made possible through this financial support.  In addition, the scholarship recipient must provide a final written reflection on the impact of the scholarship on their study abroad experience, which will be uploaded to the Association website.

Eligibility Requirements for candidates:

a. Enrolment in full-time education

b. Undergraduate status at a university or college based in the United States

c. Acceptance on a study abroad programme offered by an AASAP/UK FULL OR ASSOCIATE member with a minimum length of one semester/term.  See for a list of current members

d. Minimum cumulative 3.00 GPA

e. Willingness to share their experiences abroad with the AASAP/UK community in person at the beginning and through a reflective written piece at the end of their study abroad experience.


Application Components

·         Scanned Application Form with all fields completed

·         Scanned Official Transcript showing GPA (3.00 minimum)

·         Resume (maximum length ONE page)

·         Statement (maximum length TWO pages)

·         Two references (to be sent separately by the referees)

2018/2019 application information will be posted in Spring 2018