I'm a PhD student and am due to go to a conference in Boston, MA next month (I'm based in Edinburgh, in Scotland). I've been awarded a travel bursary to attend the conference: nothing major, but it will make a real difference to my being able to attend the conference or not.
The travel bursary comes in the form of a US dollar check, made out in my name. I don't have a US dollar bank account, and the conference organisers can't make the check out in a different name for "tax and audit reasons" so I can't, for example, have it made out to my University and pay it in to their US dollar account.
I do have a friend who is based in Boston, and the conference organisers have suggested I "sign over" the check to him. They directed me to this WikiHow link on how to do this:
The person I'm in touch with at the conference says that she's done this herself in the past, but having done a bit more research it seems that it's less and less easy to find banks that will accept signed-over checks. My friend banks with Bank of America; do they still accept signed-over checks? Any evidence you can link to to this effect would be greatly appreciated.
Alternatively, are there are any other methods I could use to cash this check?