Did you know that Jay-Z’s Shawn Carter Foundation gives financial support to students to study abroad?
Study Abroad Scholarships
Looking for help funding your study abroad? Check out:
- Michigan State’s list of ideas for creative fundraising for study abroad.
- The Institute for International Education’s study abroad funding directory
- GoAbroad’s scholarships abroad search
- DiversityAbroad’s International Scholarships & Fellowships Directory
- The College Board’s scholarship search (not specific to study abroad, but searching on study abroad brings up scholarships)
- Gilman scholarships for students receiving federal Pell Grants
- Phi Kappa Phi’s study abroad grants
- BUTEX scholarships for students studying at BUTEX-member universities in the United Kingdom
- DAAD scholarships for US students studying in Germany
- Boren scholarships for students studying regions/languages that are important to U.S. national security
- Freeman-Asia scholarships for study in East or Southeast Asia
Any other suggestions for funding sources?
"The biggest thing in study abroad, if budget is a big concern, is that the student plan ahead," says Brett Berquist, executive director of the Office of Study Abroad for Michigan State University in East Lansing, Mich. "An awful lot of students, particularly in public schools, end up making the choice of study abroad toward the end (of their academic career). And when they wait that long, they often miss the opportunity to really compete for big scholarships."
Applicants must be full-time undergraduates at a university or community college based in the United States. Students must participate in a study abroad program offered by a DiversityAbroad.com partner organization.
Economically disadvantaged students, African-American, Asian-American, Hispanic/Latino, Multiracial/ethnic or Native-American undergraduate students as well as students who study in non traditional locations (Outside western Europe & Australia ) are strongly encouraged to apply.
Gilman Scholarship Essay Advice
Advisors who have served on the Gilman National Review Panel share tips on writing the Statement of Purpose and Follow-on Project Essays.
The Gilman Scholarship Program offers awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs worldwide.
Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Boren Scholars represent a variety of academic backgrounds, but all are interested in studying less commonly taught languages, including but not limited to Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Swahili.
Boren Scholarships are funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), which focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. NSEP draws on a broad definition of national security, including not only the traditional concerns of protecting and promoting American well-being, but also the challenges of global society, including sustainable development, environmental degradation, global disease and hunger, population growth and migration, and economic competitiveness.
The simple phrase “thank you” does not do justice the opportunities the Elaine Baran scholarship has given me as a future traveler and discoverer.
Your decision to choose me as the recipient of the money has changed my perspective on lots of things, especially things I did not imagine possible. I now see a light at the end of the very long tunnel; a light which tells me that if I really, truly yearn for something— it is obtainable. It is not solely the material benefit of the scholarship that makes me happy, but rather the knowledge that I myself made a good impression on a group of highly-educated and well-versed people. The mere recognition is enough for me to keep on striving for bigger and better things.
The scholarship itself will surely help me throughout my summer in Germany. Financial security always adds to one’s peace-of-mind. With it, I may even be able to take trips to places I have always longed to see up close and personal. As a [future] economics major, allow me to make an analogy: Choosing me as one of the recipients is, in essence, making a capital investment. There will be long-term, positive results that will benefit not only Brookdale Community College, but hopefully, somewhere along the road, the world.
Again, “thank you” is hardly enough to express my gratitude. It is a pleasure to know that our school offers wonderful things such as this to its students.
Great example of a scholarship thank-you letter!