Stephen Lesser Award

Deadline: October 15

Up to two students annually will be given an award for the best reflective essay on their summer Flagship experience abroad.

How to Apply:

  • Applicant must be a Flagship Student who has completed the summer study abroad in good standing.
  • Applicant must apply for the capstone year in the fall quarter immediately following the summer study abroad.
  • Applicant will submit a 4-5 page, double-spaced reflection, to be completed after the summer experience abroad.
  • The essay should reflect their experience abroad and not just their studies.

Essays will be reviewed by a committee and winners will be notified in late fall. Awards will be given at a UCLA Russian Flagship reception.

We are looking for essays that are a personal reflection of the student’s time abroad and highlight encounters and perceptions that have influenced their opinion of the Russian-speaking country and its people.

Award Amount: $300