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How to Apply: Award

Students can apply for international funding, including the Candy Wei International Travel Award, through M-Compass. Deadlines: November 15 (for Winter semester travel), January 15 (for faculty-led Spring-Summer courses or GIEU) and March 15 (for Spring, Summer or Fall semester travel).

Review criteria include demonstrated financial need, previous international travel experience, program sponsorship (Stamps, other UM, or non-UM), geographic location of program, academic success, commitment to Stamps community and other factors. The amount of available funding is limited; priority given to students who demonstrate financial need, have limited international travel experience and who are enrolled in a Stamps-sponsored international program.

How to Apply: Prize

Each year, applications are solicited through email sent by the Associate Dean of Academic Programs. Submissions are reviewed by a faculty committee, and winners are announced at the spring commencement ceremony.

About Candy R. Wei

Candy Rong-Rong Wei, born on August 5, 1980, began making art at an early age, with creative interests that spanned drawing and painting, printmaking, photography, digital art, sculpture, graphic design, poetry, and short story writing. Diagnosed with schizophrenia at fifteen, Candy’s work is inseparable from her struggle with mental illness. After a relapse in her sophomore year of college, Candy committed suicide on January 16, 2001.

In Candy’s memory, her mother, Jing Wang, established two funds to support student international travel at the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design: the Candy R. Wei International Travel Award, a scholarship that support international travel for art students; and the Candy R. Wei Prize for International Studies in Art and Design, an award that recognizes the exemplary work influenced by students’ international experiences. “It was Candy’s dream to travel abroad to study art, so these funds are a natural way to remember her and to help students fufill their dreams of international study,” said Professor Wang.