DISCO Interdisciplinary Programs Scholarship


The Diversity and Identity Studies Collective at OSU (DISCO) Interdisciplinary Programs Scholarship is designed to support students who are enrolled in any of the undergraduate DISCO interdisciplinary programs: American Indian Studies minor, Asian American Studies minor, Disability Studies minor, Latina/o Studies minor, and/or Sexuality Studies minor or major.  Students must have officially declared their enrollment in one of these six programs in order to apply for the scholarship and should work with the relevant program advisors (click on the program names above for more information) to ensure they are officially enrolled. Please also note that previous recipients are permitted to reapply for these scholarships, but that, all else equal, first-time applicants will receive priority consideration.

Application & Deadline

DISCO has announced the awardees for the 2016/2017 Interdisciplinary Programs Scholarships.

The 2017/18 scholarship application deadline has passed.

Applications are comprised of the completed online application form as well as a 500-word essay describing how the particular DISCO program in which they are enrolled has helped them, and/or how they expect it to help them and/or is expected to help them personally, educationally, and/or professionally. Decisions will be made by early April.


Scholarships can be used for tuition and fees, study abroad, and conference travel, among other academic purposes. Any questions about this scholarship can be addressed to the DISCO Director at disco@osu.edu.


Award decisions will be based on the quality of the student essay, especially in terms of how well it expresses the student's benefits from the relevant program.


The DISCO Interdisciplinary Programs Scholarship is a significant means for advancing the opportunities of undergraduate students who have dedicated themselves to interdisciplinary study of complex issues related to gender, ethnicity/race, disability, and/or sexuality. The program is funded entirely through supportive donors. To contribute, please visit the OSU Advancement page for the DISCO Scholarship.

Travel Warning Policy and Supplemental International Insurance

In countries under a current Department of State Travel Warning or other locations designated high risk, undergraduate students cannot use scholarship awards for study abroad programs and/or individual international projects outside of venues approved by Ohio State. Approved programs are communicated on the OIA website via the study abroad search engine:  http://oia.osu.edu/getting-started/search-programs.html

Graduate and professional students may petition the International Travel Policy Committee for approval a minimum of three months prior to proposed travel.  Countries currently on Department of State Travel Warning can be viewed at: www.travel.state.gov. For further information on the policy and/or the petition process, please contact Dru Simmons, international risk manager, Office of Risk Management and Insurance.

Ohio State students traveling to international locations for the purpose of study abroad, undergraduate or graduate/dissertation research, internships or independent study are required to enroll in the university's supplemental international insurance which is provided through HTH Worldwide.  The insurance includes coverage for medical, evacuation, repatriation, emergency assistance, and political security and natural disaster.  Students participating in study abroad programming coordinated through the Office of International Affairs are automatically enrolled in the supplemental international insurance.  Students who are traveling abroad independently may enroll on-line for the supplemental insurance.

**For additional information, please visit the Office of International Affair's Travel Advisory Warnings and Petitions webpage as well as their Traveler's Insurance webpage.