External Scholarships for Study Abroad
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.
IIEPassport: Study Abroad Funding
Study Abroad Funding is a free online directory of 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 http://www.studyabroadfunding.org/ for more information.
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.
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 from a sponsoring school in the amounts of $1,000, $750, and $500, 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. Additional contest details can be found at http://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.
Anna K. Meredith Fund Scholarship
If you are an undergraduate art student majoring in general art or art history, this award is intended for you. It is for study in Florence, Italy, at a Studio Art Centers International (SACI) institution. You must have been accepted by the SACI in order to be eligible for this scholarship. To be eligible you must have a record of outstanding academic achievement, and be able to substantiate financial need, by completing the FAFSA free application on-line at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
This is a federally sponsored website that evaluates your application, producing a SAR score which determines your level of need for assistance. Along with your application, you are required to submit at least 20 labeled slides of your work in a portfolio, or, as an alternative, two major art history papers as samples of your writing.
The amounts of the awards range from $500-$2,000, and the number given each year varies. Get on the website for more details, www.saci-florence.org.
Clare Brett Smith Scholarship
This award is given by the SACI for study in Florence, Italy. It can be used for undergraduate or graduate study by a student majoring in photography. Submission requirements are the same – a portfolio of 20 pieces of work on CD, or two papers written by you on the subject. You must be accepted by the SACI in order to be eligible for this scholarship. Eligibility requirements include high scholastic achievement and proof of need for financial assistance.
To substantiate your need, complete the FAFSA free application on-line at www.fafsa.ed.gov. This is a federally sponsored website that evaluates your application, resulting in an SAR score which determines your
level of need. The amount of the award is $1,000, and the number given each year varies. Complete information may be found on the website: www.saci-florence.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.
Sallie Mae Fund – First in My Family Scholarship
This applicant must be the first in their immediate family to attend college. They must demonstrate financial need, and have a GPA of at least 3.0. There is no major field of study designated for this award.
Amounts of scholarships range from $500 to $5,000.
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. For deadline and other information, go to the website:
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.