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Study Abroad Scholarships

Paying for a study abroad trip can be daunting. But by starting early and looking to a variety of sources, many students are able to find full funding for the trip of their dreams.

  • Imagine the possibilities. At least a year before you plan to study abroad, look at programs and think about where you'd like to travel, how long your trip will be (a full semester? a few weeks?) and costs. 
  • Research scholarships. Now that you have an idea of your goals and budget, take a look at the more than 40 scholarships listed below. Awards range from $500 to $20,000, and often can be combined. 
  • Make a plan. Set up an appointment with the study abroad coordinator to discuss your options and decide which scholarship opportunities are a great fit for you. Deadlines vary widely, so make a spreadsheet of dates and required materials, and set aside regular time in your schedule for applications.

Study Abroad Coordinator
Dr. Jim Terry
jterry@stephens.edu
117 Dudley Hall 

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Scholarship for Stephens Students  

Sara Herrnstadt Crosby ’76 and Daniel Crosby Scholarship

This scholarship, in memory of Jean Muir and Howard Ashley, is available to all majors and offered to sophomores, juniors and seniors. This scholarship is up to $2,200.00 and is awarded annually. This scholarship can be used for summer or semester-long programs. Applications are due in mid-October for spring-semester travel. Apply 

Scholarships from Affiliate Programs

Stephens College works with several programs to ensure quality programming and safety while our students study abroad. These affiliates also offer scholarships. Scholarships vary in amount and qualifiers. They also have varied application deadlines. Students seeking scholarships should review the following websites and submit applications a year before studying abroad.

Outside Scholarships

AASAP/UK Lord Acton Memorial Scholarship
This merit-based scholarship provides a study abroad student with financial support to pursue academic study in the United Kingdom. The award is $1,000 for a semester or full year abroad. 

Asher and Lyric Study Abroad Scholarship
This scholarship, valued at over $2,000, is awarded twice a year (fall and spring semesters). Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, full-time students with GPA of 3.0 or higher, and have already applied or been accepted into a study abroad program eligible for college credit. 

Ashley Soulé Conroy Study Abroad Scholarship
The Ashley Soulé Conroy Foundation offers scholarships of $4000 to undergraduates planning to enroll in full-semester programs outside the USA.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship
The U.S. Department of State’s Gilman Scholarship is a grant program that enables students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad, gaining proficiency in diverse languages and cultures. The program aims to encourage students to study critical-need languages (those deemed important to U.S. national security). Over 2,900 scholarships of up to $5,000 will be awarded this academic year for U.S. citizen undergraduates. Award amounts will vary depending on the length of study and student need. Award recipients are chosen by a competitive selection process. 

Boren Scholarship
Funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), these scholarships provide up to $20,000 to undergraduate students from the U.S. to study abroad in areas of the world that are underrepresented in study abroad.

BUTEX Scholarships
These scholarships are available to undergraduate students wishing to study at an institution in the United Kingdom for a semester or an entire academic year.  The UK institution must be a member of BUTEX (British Universities Transatlantic Exchange). Scholarships are awarded in all subjects available at the member universities. The value of each scholarship is £500 and will be paid to the winners once they have arrived and registered at their host university. 

Christianson Grant
The InterExchange Foundation Christianson Grant provides awards of up to $10,000 to motivated young Americans who create and carry out meaningful service projects around the world. To qualify, you must plan to participate in a work, internship or volunteer program abroad lasting at least six months.

Corinne Jeannine Schillings Foundation
The foundation supports Silver or Gold Award Girl Scouts who plan to study abroad as undergraduates. The Scholarship for Study Abroad provides $1,000 directly to the awardees upon verification that they have begun their study abroad experience. 

Diversity Abroad
This organization connects students from diverse backgrounds with international opportunities. Several scholarships are available.

Dr. Natalia Gómez Passport Scholarship
The Dr. Natalia Gómez passport scholarship was established to empower people with disabilities to go abroad. If you are a U.S. citizen with a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and you have been accepted to volunteer, intern or participate in a study abroad program, you are eligible to apply. The scholarship covers the cost of the application and processing fees to get or renew your passport. 

Education New Zealand
Education New Zealand offers multiple scholarships to study in New Zealand.

First Trip Scholarships
First Trip offers scholarships from $750 to $1,500 for students traveling abroad for the first time. Your destination must be a country ranked lower than “very high” on the U.N. Human Development Index. You must be willing to provide a brief written account of your experience abroad upon returning to the U.S.

Foundation for Asia Pacific Education
A non-profit organization located in Denver, Colorado, the Asia Pacific Foundation awards scholarships of up to $1,500 to help students obtain international experience in the Asia Pacific region. Students who are from under-represented populations in international education are a priority.

Freeman Awards for Study in Asia
Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA) provides scholarships for U.S. undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia. The awards range from $3,000 per student for summer study and $5,000 per semester, to a maximum of $7,000 for a full year abroad.

Fund for Education Abroad
FEA awards funds to students planning to study abroad with a strong preference for underrepresented students. FEA is expanding access to study abroad by raising awareness of its benefits to the individual and value to the collective, and by granting scholarships of up to $10,000.

In addition to the general scholarships, FEA also offers dedicated scholarships. To be eligible for a dedicated scholarship, students must also meet the general FEA scholarship eligibility requirements and indicate their interest through their application forms. FEA’s dedicated scholarships include:

  • Athletes Abroad Scholarship: Available to applicants who are student-athletes (club, intramural or varsity) participating in any program or subject that confers credits toward degree completion.
  • Hiliary Echo Douglas Memorial Scholarship: Awarded to one student each year planning to study abroad in Vietnam or within other Southeast Asian cultures.
  • Jane Gluckmann & Carol Rausch Go Global Scholarship: Awarded to one student each year planning to study abroad in Mexico, Central America, South America, France or Germany.
  • Rainbow Scholarship: Awarded to a deserving LGBTQI student who aims to participate in a high-quality, rigorous education abroad program.
  • STA Travel Start the Adventure Scholarship: Two FEA/STA Travel Start the Adventure Scholarships ($2,500 each) will be awarded to applicants studying during the summer semester.

Fund for International Service Learning
Fund for International Service Learning provides scholarships to students enrolled in an international service-learning program.

Gilman-McCain Scholarship
The Gilman-McCain Scholarship is a congressionally funded initiative of the US Dept. of State, named after the late senator John S. McCain from Arizona. It provides awards of $5,000 for child dependents of active duty service members to study or intern abroad.

Go Overseas Scholarships
Go Overseas offers $500 scholarships for volunteering and studying aboard anywhere, plus scholarships of up to $15,000 for study in Ireland, Scotland, Germany, Sweden and New Zealand.

Hispanic College Fund
The Hispanic College Fund reaches out to Latino college students in need.

HI USA Explore the World Travel Scholarships
Hostelling International USA (HI USA) is committed to creating a more tolerant world, and these scholarships create a whole new breed of young travelers inspired to make the world a better place, but lack the financial means to go abroad. Recipients of the scholarship receive $2,000 to help finance their international trip as long as they have an educational or service component to their itinerary.

Insight Into Diversity Scholarship
Insight Into Diversity offers five $2,000 scholarships for study abroad. Applicants must be from an underrepresented group based on race, ethnicity, LGBTQ, veteran or disability status. 

ItaliaRail Italy Study Abroad Scholarship
ItaliaRail is a travel company whose primary focus is helping customers connect to points of interest by train throughout Italy and Europe. ItaliaRail helps students study abroad in Italy by awarding two scholarships of $1,000 each, plus a three-day Italy Rail Pass for each winner.

Margarian Scholarship
Rewards a select number of deserving students for their academic and personal achievements. The scholarship is designed for high school juniors or seniors, college/university students and graduate school students.

ScholarTrips
Funded by Allianz Global Assistance, ScholarTrips rewards creativity and a desire to learn with funds for volunteering or studying abroad. Awards range from $500 to $2,500.

Shawn Carter Foundation Scholarship
SCSF provides need-based grants ranging from $1,500 to $2,500.

Tortuga Backpacks Study Abroad Scholarship
Tortuga Backpacks offer a $1,000 study abroad scholarship and one travel backpack. Each year two scholarships are offered, one for the spring semester and one for the fall semester.

The Toshizo Watanabe Study Abroad Scholarship
This scholarship provides financial assistance for a semester or year-long study abroad program in Japan. A gift from Mr. Watanabe to the U.S.-Japan Council makes it possible to award scholarships to students for whom study abroad would not be possible without financial support. The scholarship will support up to the full cost of attendance to the study abroad program of the applicant’s choice.  

Trainline Student Travel Fund
Trainline, Europe's leading train and bus ticket platform, offers U.S. students studying abroad in Europe a chance to win a free Eurail pass and up to €1500 spending money for travel. 

UNCF
UNCF offers an array of scholarship programs from the nation’s largest minority education organization.

US-Japan Bridging Foundation Scholarships
The Bridging Project offers scholarships to American undergraduate students participating in study-abroad programs in Japan. It assists students with the travel and living expenses they will incur while studying abroad in Japan for a semester or an academic year.

Post Graduation 

Critical Language Scholarship
The CLS Program is an intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students. Students spend 8-10 weeks abroad studying one of 15 critical languages: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish and Urdu. Most CLS languages do not require previous study of the target language. The program includes intensive language instruction and cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains. The scholarship program includes international airfare, tuition and all program costs, as well as meals and living accommodations (often with a host family).

Davies-Jackson Scholarship
Graduating seniors are eligible to apply for a fellowship that supports up to two years of study at St. John’s College at the University of Cambridge in England. The scholarship, valued at approximately $50,000, is offered annually and is administered by the Council of Independent Colleges. It is expressly intended for students in the humanities, social sciences and the arts who are among the first generation in families of limited financial resources to graduate from college. 

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is the largest U.S. exchange program offering opportunities for students and young professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching and primary and secondary school teaching worldwide. The program currently awards approximately 1,900 grants annually in all fields of study, and operates in more than 140 countries worldwide. Students interested in this program should begin planning for it during their sophomore year.

Marshall Scholarship
Named for Secretary of State George C. Marshall, the Marshall Scholarship program began in 1953 as a gesture of gratitude to the people of the U.S. for the assistance that the U.K. received after World War II under the Marshall Plan. Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a graduate degree in any academic subject at U.K. universities for up to three years.

Senator George Mitchell Scholarship
The Mitchell Scholarship is a nationally competitive award that offers students an opportunity to pursue one year of post-graduate study in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Up to 12 Mitchell Scholars are chosen annually. Applicants are judged on academic excellence, a record of outstanding leadership, and a sustained commitment to community and public service. The scholarship provides tuition, accommodation and a stipend for living expenses and travel. 

 

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