There are many external scholarship options for students who are interested in study abroad. These scholarships are competitive and have specific requirements restricting such factors as academic majors, countries of study, and financial need. Here are a few examples but there are many more out there, you just have to look. Plan to apply for scholarships early as there are many paperwork requirements for some.
You can find additional scholarships and information on the LTU Financial Aid page.
IIEPassport: Study Abroad Funding
Study Abroad Funding is a free online directory of over 500 study abroad scholarships, fellowships and grants, indexed by country of study, subject and type of award. It is published by the Institute of International Education (IIE). Visit www.studyabroadfunding.org/ for more information.
Search a plethora of scholarships available to students. Amounts, requirements, and deadlines for each scholarship vary.
FEA Fund for Education Abroad
FEA is committed to increasing the opportunities for dedicated American students to participate in high-quality, rigorous education abroad programs by reducing financial restrictions through the provision of grants and scholarships. Open to all students. Awards of $5,000. Applications are open Nov. Deadline in early Jan. Winners are notified in March for the following academic year.
For more information about requirements, preferences and to apply: www.fundforeducationabroad.org/
Great Lakes National Scholarship
Great Lakes Educational Loan Services, Inc. is pleased to announce a scholarship program to help students in an eligible STEM major—science, technology, engineering, or math. The scholarship program offers up to 750 awards of $2,500 to new and continuing students who qualify. The sooner you apply, the better. Scholarship applications will be accepted through April 5, 2014, or until they receive 20,000 applications. Finalists will be notified in July. For more information and to apply: www.mygreatlakes.org
Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship
This program is offered through the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State and is administered by the Institute of International Education. All students who currently receive a Pell Grant are strongly encouraged to apply. Selected by competition, recipients are awarded up to $5000 to defray the costs associated with studying abroad.
Students who apply for and receive the Gilman Scholarship to study abroad are now eligible to receive an additional $3,000 Critical Need Language Supplement from the Gilman Program for a total possible award of up to $8,000. Critical Need Languages include: Arabic (all dialects), Chinese (all dialects), Turkic (Azerbaijani, Kazakh, Kyrgz, Turkish, Turkmen, Uzbek), Persian (Farsi, Dari, Kurdish, Pashto, Tajiki), Indic (Hindi, Urdu, Nepali, Sinhala, Bengali, Punjabi, Marathi, Gujarati, Sindhi), Korean, and Russian.
Fall semester abroad: Apps open in January, Deadline in March, Notified late May
Spring semester abroad: Apps open in August, Deadline in Oct. 7, Notified early December
Summer semester abroad: Apps open in January, Deadline in March, Notified early May
For eligibility, application deadlines, and application instructions please visit the web site at www.iie.org/gilman.
LewerMark "Make your Mark" Scholarship
The Lewer Agency offers an annual LewerMark "Make Your Mark" Scholarship essay contest for students at least 18 years of age. All study abroad students are challenged to submit a 500-word essay that answers the question: "How will an international education help me make a difference in the world?" Scholarships will be awarded to three winners in the amounts of $1,250, $1,000, and $750, respectively. The winner must be attending the sponsoring school after the award is granted in order to receive the scholarship proceeds for the next school term. The scholarship paperwork must be submitted to your study abroad advisor at least two weeks prior to the scholarship deadline of March 3rd. Additional contest details can be found at www.lewermark.com/.
David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarship for Study Abroad
The National Security Education Program (NSEP) was designed to provide American undergraduates with the resources and encouragement they need to acquire skills and experience in countries and areas of the world critical to the future security of the United States. Applicants can select from a list that includes more than 85 countries and 45 languages. NSEP emphasizes a diverse range of fields of study, including biology, chemistry, physics, environmental sciences, mathematics, business and economics, computer and information sciences, health and biomedical sciences, history, international affairs, law, other social sciences (anthropology, psychology, sociology), and political science and policy studies. All recipients of an NSEP scholarship must enter into an agreement to work in a national security position with the federal government or work in the field of higher education in the area of study for which the scholarship was awarded.
Application must be submitted to the Office of International Affairs/Study Abroad no later than December 20. For eligibility requirements and application instructions please visit the NSEP web site at www.iie.org/nsep.
Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship
Multiple awards are offered annually by Rotary Clubs International. You must have completed at least two years of college to qualify; however, scholarship may be used for undergraduate, graduate, post-graduate, or non-degree study, and must be achieved in a country where Rotary has chapters of their organization. You must be proficient in the language of the destination country, and have a demonstrable interest in peace and understanding other cultures for world betterment. You must have an outstanding academic record, a history of community service, and be serious in your approach to life.
The amount of this award is $25,000, which is intended to cover expenses including tuition, room and board, books, fees, and transportation to the destination country. An additional amount can be used to cover a one-month intensive language course, if needed. There is no designated field of study required for this scholarship.
Application details and other eligibility requirements may be found online at www.rotary.org.
International Semester Scholarship
This scholarship is intended for a semester or the summer session, and is sponsored by the American Institute for Foreign Study. Prizes per semester are $1,000, and for the summer, $500. There are 40 awards given each semester, with 50 awarded in the summer. If you are an undergraduate student who is avidly interested and involved in multi-culture studies, and have at least a 3.0 GPA, with strong leadership abilities, this opportunity might be of interest to you.
Funds may be utilized for study at institutions with AIFS programs in Argentina, Australia, Austria, China, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, England, France, India, Ireland, Italy, Peru, Russia, South Africa, or Spain. For details regarding deadlines, more eligibility requirements, and application information, get on line at: www.aifsabroad.com.
Global Studies Grants for Student Travel and Study Abroad
If you are already fortunate to be studying abroad, sponsored by your institution in the United States, to advance your language or other foreign studies, this may be an opportunity to supplement your funds.
Eligibility requirements include current enrollment in an accredited program for studies abroad, an outstanding academic record, letters of recommendation, and review of some of your past major achievements. In addition to your reference letters, you must submit a letter of endorsement from the current overseas program in which you are a participant. As with all GSF program participants, you are expected to share your experiences with as vast an audience as possible upon your return home. Deadline is July 1st. For more information, go to the website: www.globalstudiesfoundation.org.
John T. Petters Foundation Scholarships
This foundation awards approximately 30 scholarships each year in the amount of $5,000 each to qualified students who plan to study abroad.
To qualify you must be currently enrolled in an accredited college or university that agrees to give credit for the year of study in another country. You must be majoring in International Business. You must be a U.S. citizen, and must be able to prove the need for financial assistance to participate in this program. If you would like more information and application details, go to www.johntpettersfoundation.org/scholarships.
Some of the most respected programs in continued study abroad are those funded by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs – the Fulbright Programs. These differ from regular scholarships in that they support research conducted by those who have just received their doctorates – both our citizens to other countries and vice versa. Also, through the Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program, our young teachers may go to a myriad of countries in the world and teach English to secondary education students, and young teachers from those countries may come here to teach American students. If you think you might be interested in participating in one of these programs, the website has more information: www.iie.org/en/Fullbright.
Business Degree Scholarships
Explore this directory to find business scholarships that suit your unique situation. The directory will filter scholarships by a variety of factors, ensuring you find scholarships for which you are eligible. For example, use the GPA and enrollment level functions of the directory to rule out scholarships with minimum GPA requirements that you do not meet, or those intended for students at different stages in their academic programs. If you are just starting your traditional or online business program, you should also search for renewable scholarships, as these can give you money for multiple years of your college studies rather than only one year. Explore the directory now: www.businessdegree.com/scholarships/
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