Benedict & Donna Zobrist Memorial Scholarship


The Benedict & Donna Zobrist Memorial Scholarship supports opportunities for undergraduate study in both Europe and Asia.

The scholarship is funded by the Harry S. Truman Good Neighbor Award Foundation, thanks to the generosity of the Zobrist family, and matched by Northwestern University. The Harry S. Truman Good Neighbor Award Foundation works to honor President Truman and perpetuate his support of international student exchange and his philosophical dedication to democracy. 

Award details

Two awards of up to $5,000 are provided annually, based on academic merit and quality of submitted application materials.


To be eligible for this scholarship, applicants should meet the following criteria:

  1. Demonstrate President Truman's philosophical dedication to democracy.
  2. Study disciplines such as international studies, political science, or related fields reflecting President Truman's interest and involvement in these fields.
  3. Be a Northwestern undergraduate applying to participate in one of the following IPD programs in Europe or Asia

Application deadlines

  • November 1 for Spring Quarter programs
  • February 10 for Fall Quarter and Full Year programs
  • March 1 for Summer Quarter programs
  • June 1 for Winter Quarter and Winter-Spring Quarter programs


Fellowship disbursement is contingent upon participation in the specific IPD program to which the student has applied. If a student withdraws or is dismissed from their IPD study abroad program, their award may be canceled. The student is responsible for any balance due resulting from this loss of funding. Refer to the Withdrawal Policies for Northwestern-Sponsored Programs for more information about this policy. 

Fellowship recipients are expected to uphold exemplary standards of conduct, submit regular entries to the IPD blog during their study abroad program, and submit a reflective essay to IPD upon completion of the program. Fellowship recipients are also expected to participate in information sessions, orientation, and other events to assist IPD with program recruitment and to aid future program participants. 


Whitney Bennett, Study Abroad Program Assistant, at 847-467-6953