Timothy J. Rutenber Memorial Scholarship

The Timothy J. Rutenber Memorial Scholarship for Study Abroad is annually awarded to one University at Buffalo undergraduate student with financial need who will participate in a study abroad program in Africa.

Timothy J. Rutenber was the associate vice provost for international education at the University at Buffalo (UB) from 1991 to 2004. From the time he joined the university, Rutenber distinguished himself as a model of professional service whose pursuit of excellence in international education administration set an outstanding example for his colleagues at UB and the State University of New York, as well as those with whom he worked at institutions of higher education around the world.

Rutenber spent much of his early career in West Africa: first in Burkina Faso as a Peace Corps volunteer, then as part of an agricultural research project in Niger, and later as administrator of a US Agency for International Development project involving the nomadic peoples of Niger.

In recognition of Rutenber’s outstanding service to the field of international education, as well as his own personal commitment to international exchange with African countries, the Office of International Education established the Timothy J. Rutenber Memorial Scholarship in 2004.

Who Can Apply:

  • Applicants must be currently enrolled, full-time, matriculated University at Buffalo students in good academic standing.
  • Students must be accepted to and confirm their participation in a University at Buffalo or SUNY study abroad program in Africa to be considered for this scholarship. This means, students will be registered by UB Study Abroad Programs (in OPR courses) and must have paid the program deposit.

Selection Criteria:

Preference will be given to:

  • First-time study abroad participants
  • Students with documented financial need (as confirmed by UB Financial Aid Office)
  • Students maintaining a GPA of 2.8 or higher
  • Students who have selected a study abroad program relevant to their current academic program
  • Students who will return to UB for at least one semester following their study abroad program

Award Guidelines:

  • Applications will be reviewed by the UB Study Abroad Scholarship Committee.
  • The award decisions of the committee are final and not subject to appeal.
  • Awards will be applied directly to the recipient’s UB student account.
  • Scholarship recipients are asked to help UB Study Abroad in promotional activities upon return.
  • Recipients of any Office of International Education scholarship will not be considered for future awards.

Application Details:

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  • Log in to www.buffalo.academicworks.com using your UBIT name and password.
  • Fill out the general application and the study abroad conditional application
  • You may need to search for the scholarship by name

Applications are due by April 1 for summer, fall, or academic year programs and November 1 for winter or spring programs abroad.