What is Cross-Cultural Scholarship (CCS)?

The Cross-Cultural Scholarship is available to all international students who qualify for admission to Winona State University. CCS is equivalent to the difference between the resident rate of tuition and the non-resident rate of tuition (View tuition and fees on the WSU Tuition page). A Cross-Cultural Scholarship Award letter will be mailed to you, along with your I-20 form.

How do I qualify to receive the CCS?

You will automatically receive the scholarship when you enroll as an International student at Winona State University.

Maintaining the Cross-Cultural Scholarship:

To maintain the scholarship you must meet the following requirements:

1. Maintain a valid F-1 or J-1 Immigration Status
2. Complete (3) Cross-Cultural Outreach projects during the academic year, starting in the fall and ending in the spring semester. These projects are called Minor Projects (2) and Major Project (1), for a total of three (3)
3. Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.50
4. Maximum length of scholarship is 9 semesters.

Students starting their academic experience at WSU in Spring semester will only need to complete (1) Major Project and (1) Minor Project, or (2) Minor Projects to fulfill their CCS requirements for the entire academic year.

All new students are required to attend the CCS Training session during International Orientation.

What is a Major Project?

A Major Project is an event that involves a greater time commitment, preparation, and responsibility that often involves spending the entire day at an elementary school, secondary school, or university.

Examples of Major Projects

1. International Learning Day –Fall
2. International Dinner –Spring
3. Community Schools Global Diversity Days –Fall or Spring, as requested

What is a Minor Project?

Minor Projects are events that are shorter in duration, and require the same dedication, preparation, and responsibility as the Major Project just less time commitment. There are many Minor Projects during the academic year and they become available at any time as requested by the community as a large (Winona State, City of Winona, Clubs & Organizations, etc.).

Examples of Minor Projects

Japanese Tea Ceremony - one hour duration
Minor Project
Students from Japan and South Korea prepared and served Japanese and Korean Tea.
Honduras and Bangladesh - one hour duration
Minor Project
Musical representation by a guitar band.
Salsa Night - one and a half hour duration Minor Project
A mixture of Latin American dance, music and music lessons organized by the Spanish Club
Argentina and Sri Lanka - one hour and a half duration Minor Project
Musical representation by a singer from Argentina and dancer from Sri Lanka.
Travel Abroad Fair - three hours duration Minor Project
International students participate in the Travel Abroad Fair to share their study abroad experience with students interested in studying abroad.
Heritage Food Festival - two hour duration Minor Project
Culinary culture sharing with the community. Students had to prepare a representative food dish from their country. The Winona Friendship Center provided the ingredients and cooking place.
Pakistan Presentation - Project Fine - one hour duration -
202 West 3rd Street; County Office Building
Minor Project
Twenty minutes country power point presentation including information about the country culture in general – traditions, food, holidays, religion, etc. Suitable for the Ugrad students CCS scholarship requirements.
Informal interpretation Chinese/English - three hours duration
Grace Place, 66 E 2nd Street
Minor Project
Opportunity for students to add to their resume translator work experience. Passage tours needed 2 to 3 students from China to do informal interpretation (translation) for a group of Chinese tourists who are traveling through the Midwest.
WSHS: One-on-one interview - one hour duration - Winona Senior High School Minor Project
Participation in Dwayne Voegeli's Global Studies classes. One international student matches up with one American student while the high school students used this opportunity to practice their interviewing skills.
Chinese Moon Festival - Three hours in duration - East Hall, Kryzsko Commons Major Project
The Chinese club organized a dinner and performances in order to celebrate the annual Chinese Moon Festival. (DJ; MC; Ushers; Help with decorating; cleaning-up; performances).
Korean Night - International Education Week - Two hours duration
Science Lab Center
Minor and Major Projects
The students from the Korean club organized a Korean Night featuring Korean food, Korean dances, Korean games, Korean clothing, Korean language sharing, Korean taekwondo demonstration and Korean music.
Chinese New Year Celebration - Three hours in duration
SLC 120
Minor Project
The Chinese Club organized a celebration for the Chinese New Year! Attendees could eat dumplings, Grilled chicken, Chinese pancakes, play traditional Chinese games, view traditional Chinese artifacts, have names written in Chinese, and enjoy watching Chinese Spring Festival Gala Evening together.
Spring Festival Dinner - Four hours in duration - East Hall Minor and Major Project
The Taiwanese and Malaysian clubs collaborate to celebrate Malaysian New Moon through a Spring Festival dinner at WSU. Taiwanese and Malaysian students cooked traditional food with other international students from different nations in order to enhance their countries cultures.

Where can I find available Major and Minor Projects?

You will find all available Minor and Major projects on D2L Brightspace. D2L is an integrated learning platform designed to create a single place online for instructors and students to interact, either for a completely online course, or as a supplement to a face-to-face course. You will need to register and have access to D2L Brightspace in order to register into the CCS course and then sign-up for any available CCS projects. It is important to know that for each academic year, you will have to register in D2L for that specific academic year.

1. Organized and Coordinated by the International Services and Cultural Outreach Office
The International Services office (IS) organizes and coordinates several cultural sharing experiences throughout the year in collaboration with members of the community and/or Winona State University’s various departments. Depending of the nature of the event, these projects may be classified as Minors or Majors.

2. Cultural & Diversity Clubs Events
WSU Cultural and Diversity Clubs (see below) put together many celebrations of their country’s holidays and festivals. Traditional activities and food are usually part of the celebration. The event must be approved by the Cross-Cultural Scholarship Student Coordinator or/and Program Coordinator in advance. Use the CCOP Application Form (hyperlink to underlined words)to submit a project proposal.

1. Amigos de Cuetzalan
2. Asian American Club
3. Bangladesh Student Association
4. Black Cultural Organization
5. Club Sri Lanka
6. French Club
7. Full Spectrum
8. Gaonnuri
9. Han Culture Society
10. Hmong American Student Association
11. International Club
12. Japan Club
13. KEAP Diversity Center Round Table
14. Korean club
15. LASO Latino-American Students Organization
16. Malaysian Student Association (MSA)
17. Middle Eastern Student Association
18. Somali Student Association
19. Taiwanese Student Association
20. The Chinese Student Society
21. Winona State University T'ai Chi Chuan Club
22. Women of Color Association
23. WSU Nepali Club
24. WSU Spanish Language Club

3. Events organized by the individual International students.
Some International students such as WSU-Rochester, international students completing CPT, away from campus, and/or Graduate international students have the option to reach out themselves for cultural events. In order to be acknowledged as completing a minor or major point project within the scholarship, the student must inform and get approval from the CCS coordinator, prior to the event. They must provide the name of the event, organizer (person who recruited him/her) and description of the activity. The activity can be within the following categories:

  • Campus involvement activities
  • Cultural sharing in the community
  • Community service

Then, upon participation, you must upload your feedback in D2L under the Dropbox dedicated to your project. This Dropbox is located under "assessments" and is called "assignment". Finally, find your projects name and submit the feedback form under it.

Complete the CCOP Application form (PDF) to submit a project proposal.

How do I sign up for a project?

Under Materials/Content, you will be able to sign-up for any available major and minor projects. Then, under Calendar you will see the upcoming Minors or Majors.

Once you found a project that you are interested in, click on the Major or Minor projects. A sign-up link should be available at the bottom of the page. Open the sign-up link and an excel document on which you will be asked to sign-up your name, country, student ID … etc.

What do I do once I have signed-up for a project?

Each Major and Minors listed on D2L will have specific details and guidelines on what you need to do (Time, location, event details, etc…).

1. Mark everything down in your calendar and be ready to participate in the project.
2. Organize your schedule to allow for travel time to an on- or off- campus location. (Location details will be listed in the project summary)
3. If you are sick or otherwise need to cancel your participation in a project, email CCOP@winona.edu as soon as possible. We need to let the partner know that you are not able to attend and possibly find a replacement presenter.
4. If you miss two events without notification to CCOP@winona.edu, you will either have to complete an additional project or risk losing your CCS scholarship.
5. Do not sign up for a project if it will interfere with class time. If that is unavoidable, make sure to work with your professor ahead of time so that you do not miss anything in class.

What is EDUC 406?

Education 406 is a 2 credit course especially designed for new international students to help them develop skills to give successful presentations. Students have to opportunity to explore different cultural settings and develop competency in delivering successful presentations. Completion of EDUC 406 also counts as a Major project.