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Education Abroad Scholarships

The University of Maryland’s Education Abroad Office Scholarship

The University of Maryland’s Education Abroad Office is thrilled to announce a new scholarship opportunity for undergraduate students studying abroad on a University of Maryland exchange program.  UMD has 86 semester or year-long exchange programs with leading research universities worldwide.

Applicants will be awarded scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $2,500, depending on the location of the host University. Priority is given to applicants to exchanges in the Middle East, Asia, and Latin America.  Additional funds may be awarded on the basis of demonstrated financial need. 

Eligibility & How to Apply

To be considered for a spring 2014 scholarship, students must submit a completed application to a UMD Exchange program and the Education Abroad Scholarship Application by October 1st.  Students who wish to be considered for need-based aid must also file a FAFSA. Awards are contingent on applicant’s acceptance and confirmation into a UMD Exchange program.  Students currently receiving tuition remission or full-tuition scholarships are not eligible to apply.

Exchange is already one of the most affordable types of study abroad, as students pay only their regular tuition. With this scholarship, study abroad becomes even more accessible. Exchange is also one of the most valuable forms of study abroad. Students will study at some of the best universities in the world, with extraordinary students and faculty, be completely immersed in the host culture, and have opportunities to develop early career networks.

For more information, please contact Education Abroad at 301-314-7473.

Donald B. Hirsch: Linguist And Market Researcher

Donald Brainin Hirsch, 81, a retired market researcher who worked for the U.S. Department of Commerce, died May 18 at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring of a subdural hematoma resulting from an auto accident. He was a longtime Silver Spring resident and moved in 2000 to Riderwood Village, a Silver Spring retirement community. 

Mr. Hirsch, who was born in Scarsdale, N.Y., was a Japanese translator while in the Army during World War II. 

At the University of Michigan, he received a bachelor's degree in East Asiatic area studies and Japanese in 1946 and a master's degree in international economics and business in 1948. 

He taught in France for a year before joining Westinghouse International. He also worked for Armstrong Cork, Monsanto Europe and Dow Chemical Co. He joined the Commerce Department in 1976 as an international market researcher and economist. He retired in 1987. 

Fluent in five languages (French, German, Italian, Spanish and English) and familiar with Japanese, Russian, Chinese, Dutch and Portuguese, Mr. Hirsch volunteered in retirement for more than 20 years with the Senior Volunteer Corps. He helped foreign-born graduate students at the University of Maryland with their English-language skills and dissertations. 

He maintained friendships worldwide with former students who returned to their home countries in Asia, South America and the Middle East. He also traveled abroad several times a year, visiting every continent and more than 30 countries.

Mr. Hirsch was a Behind-the-Scenes volunteer at the Smithsonian Institution, where he translated French, German, Italian and Spanish research and curatorial materials for the National Zoo, the National Air and Space Museum, the National Museum of Natural History, the National Museum of American History and the National Museum of the American Indian. He was a member of the Society of Federal Linguists.

In 1986, Mr. Hirsch's wife, Elaine Hirsch, was killed crossing Connecticut Avenue in the District. Working with a D.C. Council member after his wife's death, he embarked on an effort to strengthen crosswalk protections for pedestrians.

He also became a founding member of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, where his wife was training to be a docent, and he donated an art piece in her name to the National Museum of African Art.

At the University of Maryland, he established a scholarship fund for foreign language students who plan to apply their skills to a field other than teaching language or literature. 

Mr. Hirsch was an active member of River Road Unitarian Church in Bethesda and a supporter of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee. 

Survivors include two daughters, Nicole Hirsch of Germantown and Andrea Glaser of Olney; and two grandsons.