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Mattes Foreign Wanderer Award


The Glenda Garrelts Mattes and Donald A. Mattes International Travel Award (also known as the Mattes Foreign Wander Award) is intended to provide the financial means to allow a student studying in the College of Arts & Sciences, who might not otherwise consider it, to travel abroad and meaningfully engage a new culture and setting for the first time.

Glenda Garrelts & Donald MattesGlenda and Don Mattes and The College of Arts & Sciences invite undergraduates to submit proposals for an independent travel experience. One award of $4,000 will be available for Summer 2016. Students who may not otherwise have the financial means to travel abroad are particularly encouraged to apply.

Proposals should facilitate independent international travel and expose the applicant to the people and customs of another country (or multiple countries). Several notes:

1. The Mattes Foreign Wanderer Award does not wish to solicit participation in formal study abroad or other structured experiences such as organized service trips abroad.

2. Independent need not imply solitary for students who plan to travel with one or several peers (although solitary travel is also acceptable). However, travel and/or residence with large groups of Americans will not be funded.


Eligible applicants will:

  • Pursue a degree track within the College of Arts & Sciences.
  • Be enrolled as undergraduates in good academic standing at the time of application.
  • Have no previous travel outside the United States or Canada.

The duration of the travel experience may vary as long as it will effectively meet the goals of the program as stated above. The destination may vary as well. Students may not travel to any country where a State Dept. travel advisory or warning applies though.

How to apply

Click to download the application. (pdf)

Application Deadline: March 7, 2016.

Glenda & Donald Mattes

Read their story (pdf) and why they're passionate about helping students experience other culture.

Glenda & Don Mattes