Being scholarship savvy
At first glance, study abroad may not always appear to be financially feasible. Alfred University’s Office of International Programs (OIP) aims to help students choose the program most aligned with their academic goals and financial means by providing advice and access to resources available to bridge gaps in program costs.OIP highly encourages students of all backgrounds to apply for scholarships. There are study abroad grants and scholarship opportunities based on financial need and/or merit.
Tips for applying for study abroad scholarships:
- Seek them out: there are all kinds available - you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take!
- Plan ahead: most scholarships are competitive and must be applied for months in advance. Pay attention to those deadlines and give yourself plenty of time to gather recommendations, draft essays and prepare the applications.
- The Writing Center: take advantage of the resources already available on campus. Walk in or make an appointment at my.alfred.edu under the first tab, “Academics” > Writing Center
- Also watch out for any relevant workshops and materials available to help you write successful scholarship essays.
General study abroad scholarships
|Go Overseas Study Abroad Scholarships: Offers bi-annual scholarships to students who are planning on studying abroad or interning abroad http://www.gooverseas.com/scholarships||Any student (including graduate) studying/interning abroad can apply||$500||December 2nd, 2016|
|Churchill Foundation Scholarship: Offers at least fourteen Churchill Scholarships annually. http://winstonchurchillfoundation.org/scholarship.html||U.S. Citizen, Senior who is enrolled in one of the institutions participating in the Scholarship Program.||$50,000-$60,000||November 10, 2016
November 7, 2017
|Tortuga Backpacks Study Abroad Scholarship: Offered biannually to passionate students who want to explore the world. http://www.tortugabackpacks.com/pages/study-abroad-scholarship||Any four-year university student with good academic standing.||$1,000||Spring 2017:
|STA Travel Start the Adventure Scholarship has joined forces with the Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) to bring you the scholarship opportunity for two FEA applicants.
|The applicant studies the host country language (if not English)
The department is in a non-traditional destination where the language is not English
The student demonstrates a financial need.
Applications open on November 16, 2016 at 12:00pm EST.
You have until January 11, 2017 at 12:00pm EST to apply.
|Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants: Fifty grants are awarded each year http://www.phikappaphi.org/grants-awards/study-abroad#.VtWlFk32aM8||GPA above 3.75.||$1,000||December 15, 2016 –
February 15, 2016
|The Critical Language Scholarship Program: A fully funded summer overseas language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students. http://clscholarship.org/||Critical-need language study (see list on website).||The CLS Program is fully funded||Nov 16, 2017|
|Gilman Scholarship: Over 2,700 scholarships will be awarded this academic year for U.S. citizen undergraduates to study or intern abroad and demonstrate a financial need. http://www.iie.org/Programs/Gilman-Scholarship-Program/About-the-Program||Need-based||$5,000||Spring
10/4/16 / 3/7/17
|Boren Scholarship: Awards for students interested in geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. Funding is available for year-long programs and semester long programs. http://www.borenawards.org/||By critical-needs language/
study abroad location.
|Up to $20,000||February 9, 2017 - 5:00 PM EST|
Databases to search for scholarships
|IIEPassport Study Abroad Funding
|This database connects you to thousands of study abroad funding opportunities. You can search by country, program and keyword. The site links you to a wide range of funding opportunities and is a great tool to search of study abroad scholarships.|
|College Board general scholarship search engine
|Free online scholarship database. Find scholarships, other financial aid and internships from more than 2,200 programs, totaling nearly $6 billion. Enter as much information as possible to find the most matches.|
|Diversity Abroad Scholarships and Grants:
|Free database of scholarships that target minority, low-income and first-generation students|
|Free online scholarship database.|
|Free college scholarship search and financial aid information resource.|
|In addition to scholarships, you now have access to colleges, internships, careers, and a whole lot more.|
|International Financial Aid and College Scholarship Search:
|At this site, you will find the most comprehensive college scholarship search and grant listings, plus international student loan programs and other information to promote study abroad.|
|The International Scholarship Search is the premier financial aid, college scholarship and international scholarship resource for students wishing to study abroad.|