The Frances Kaneene Study Abroad Scholarship

Applications due October 15 annually.

Frances KaneeneThe purpose of the Frances N. Kaneene Study Abroad Scholarship is to allow motivated and curious undergraduate students in the Department of Community Sustainability (majoring in Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Education, Environmental Studies and Sustainability, or Sustainable Parks, Recreation and Tourism) to study abroad. In doing so, the scholarship will be a living memorial to the work ethic, values, and inspiration that Frances Kaneene embodied during her 30+ year career guiding hundreds of students as an academic advisor at Michigan State University.

Eligibility and Criteria

Each year, at least one undergraduate student in the Department of Community Sustainability (majoring in ESS, AFNRE, or SPRT) will be awarded the Frances Kaneene Study Abroad Scholarship for an approved education abroad program. Good academic standing, with a minimum 2.5 GPA in the major at the time of application, is required. Criteria to be considered during the selection process include:

  • What motivates the student to apply to study abroad?
  • In what ways does study abroad relate to the student’s personal values?
  • Which skills and competencies does the student hope to bring back to the Michigan State University community as a result of the experience abroad?
  • How will study abroad contribute to the student’s goals post-graduation?

Study abroad programs that feature longer periods of immersion are preferred, but shorter programs are also supported if students explain the particular fit or relevance to their future goals. Upon completion of the study abroad program, each scholarship recipient will be strongly encouraged to give a presentation to a student group about their experience or publicize it in some other way, emphasizing what they learned that can be applied to making the world a better place. They also must write to the Kaneene family to express their thanks and share their experiences.

Details of the Scholarship

Students apply for the scholarship by October 15 of each academic year. Potential applicants are encouraged to attend MSU’s Education Abroad Fair, which is held early in the academic year.

See the full scholarship description for complete details, eligibility, and evaluation rubric. For questions about the scholarship and application process contact Prof. John Kerr at

Download full scholarship description (PDF)