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Travel Scholarship

James M. Chitwood Travel Scholarship

The Oshkosh Placement Exchange is committed to offering candidates a high quality, affordable, national placement exchange experience. The James M. Chitwood Travel Scholarship Fund was established to provide an annual financial award to recipients in support of that goal.

The James M. Chitwood Travel Scholarship selects a number of OPE candidates to receive an award of $250 to cover job search expenses. We know a successful job search rarely ends at OPE; that’s why this travel scholarship can be used in support of any job search related expense, not just OPE expenses.


These awards are available to any OPE Candidate!

To be eligible to apply, you must

  • Be a registered candidate for OPE;
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 (Bachelors)/3.0 (Masters);
  • Possess broad student affairs experience.

Each applicant will submit the following to by February 2022:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter. The cover letter should address the following: 1) Why you are choosing a career in Student Affairs; 2) How you will continue to encourage student engagement in the field of student affairs; 3) How receiving the award would impact you.
  • A letter of support from a supervisor. This letter should focus on why you are a worthy candidate to receive the candidate fund scholarship, as well as outline your student affairs experience.
  • Unofficial transcripts

Application materials are due by February 2022.  If you are awarded one of the travel scholarships, you may be asked to write a short bio to be displayed on the OPE website.

**Submit application information as an attachment to with a subject title of Travel Scholarship***

Jim Chitwood receives the ACUHO-I Award in part for his contribution to theOshkosh Placement Exchange.