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In an effort to encourage and make more accessible study abroad, the Ramapo College Office of Study Abroad prepared the following list of financial resources. We encourage you to apply to all that are relevant to your intended program. We will be constantly reviewing and updating this website. If you see something that is no longer accurate or know of other resources, please do inform us as soon as possible.

Ramapo College International Academic Programs' Scholarships

Ramapo College’s Roukema Center for International Education Scholarship

Ramapo College’s Roukema Center for International Education provides scholarships to support international academic programs from our approved list of programs. The number of scholarships awarded per term and award amounts vary according to the strength and number of applicants. Priority is given to Ramapo College Faculty-Led Program participants. Criteria to determine scholarship awards are as follows:

  • Academic
    • Undergraduate students must have a minimum of 3.0 cumulative G.P.A.,
    • Graduate students must have a minimum of 3.25 G.P.A.
  • Need
    • Determined by a review of your financial aid file, the Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) calculated on your FAFSA, and through the description you provide in your essay
  • Leadership
    • Determined by your scholarship essay

Ruth Johnson International Scholarship

This fund was created by Dick Johnson in memory of his wife, Ruth. The Johnsons were Mahwah residents for 20 years. Their son Andrew graduated from Ramapo in 1990 with a degree in Literature, then worked in England as an advertising copywriter. “Starting this scholarship was a way to memorialize Ruth and her appreciation of learning,” Mr. Johnson has said. The award benefits students who participate in a cooperative education experience abroad and the recipient is selected by the Director of International Education.

  • Intended for students participating in an approved, international internship program (minimum 4 weeks)
  • Recipient selected by the director of International Education
  • You must be nominated to be considered for this award; there is not an application process.

Deirdre Bright Memorial Scholarship

Colleagues of Assistant Dean of Nursing Dr. Kathy Burke started this scholarship in memory of Dr. Burke’s sister, Deirdre, who passed away in 2021. To honor Deirdre’s 30-year career in the travel industry, this scholarship is intended to help a student with costs associated with a study abroad experience.

  • Student enrolled in the Nursing program
  • For study abroad costs
  • You must be nominated by the Nursing Faculty to be considered for this award; there is not an application process

Hiden Family College Honors Endowment (Honors students only)

Robert B. Hiden Jr. was an active member of the Ramapo College Foundation Board of Governors since 2002.  He provided exemplary service to the board as Chairman of the Audit Committee and as a member of the Finance Committee, Investment Committee, Allocations Committee and the Motorcycle Rally Committee.  He and his wife Ann established the Hiden Family College Endowment to “tangibly recognize the outstanding work done at the College in a way that helps students and hopefully enhances their academic experience.”

During his time as a member of the Board of Governors, Bob witnessed the growth of the College first hand.  He demonstrated a commitment to this growth through financial support for unrestricted funds and events, contributions for the Havemeyer Edible Garden, and for science equipment for students.

Professionally, Bob served as senior counsel to Sullivan & Cromwell since he retired in 2000.  He had been a partner since 1968, specializing in corporate and securities law, acquisitions, and in commodities and derivatives law.  Sadly, Mr. Hiden passed away in February of 2018.

  • For students in the College Honors Program
  • For tuition and costs associated with Honors research OR for costs associated with study abroad
  • Financial need based on Foundation Policy
  • Full time status
  • Good academic standing
  • Essay should address why you are deserving of this scholarship
  • Apply at the hyperlink above.

Century 21 Study Abroad Scholarship

Century 21 is one of the top general contracting and construction management firms in New Jersey, as evidenced in projects such as Newark’s Riverfront Stadium and Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. The company has been a generous supporter of the College since 1999, in the area of student scholarships as well as the Distinguished Citizens Dinner and the Ramapo College Foundation Golf Outing. The Marino Meditation Room, located in the Salameno Spiritual Center, is named for the family. In 2016, the College presented Anthony J. Marino, Founder, and CEO, with the Havemeyer Presidential Leadership Award for his generous support and advocacy.

This award was created by Mr. Marino and his family to provide opportunities for Ramapo students to study abroad. (Pictured with Mr. Marino is his daughter Barbara, who also actively supports the College and its programs).

  • For study abroad costs, minority students preferred
  • Top priority given to students enrolled in the College Honors Program
  • Applicants must submit an essay, no more than 500 words, that answers the question: How do you expect your experience abroad will contribute to your academic or creative work?
  • Applicants are chosen by the College Honors Program Advisory Board and Director of International Education
  • Apply at the hyperlink above.

William and Sandra Frech Scholarship Award

William Frech, Ph.D. is a retired professor of International Business at Ramapo College and a Fulbright Scholar.  Dr. Frech’s teaching interests are the cross cultural aspects of international business and international risk management issues, among others.

He and his wife, Sandra, share the opinion that studying abroad provides students with a valuable insight into other cultures, and gives students first hand experience with different perspectives in any field, from business to art history.  Two of the Ramapo College’s four pillars of education are to provide students with an experiential and international education.

In creating the scholarship Dr. Frech said, “My goal is to have all students have an experience outside of the United States.”  Helping students with study abroad expenses demonstrates a dedication to the mission of the College.

  • Ramapo College student participating in a College-approved study abroad program or international internship
  • Applicant in good academic standing
  • Applicant selected by a committee including Dr. and Mrs. Frech, the Director of International Education and the Scholarship Coordinator. Apply at the hyperlink above.

Madeleine Ehlert Williams Food & Nutrition Scholarship

For Madeleine Ehlert Williams, food was an expression of love when she was growing up. During her university years, she explored food from a multi-faceted perspective.  “I took interest in food and culture, therapeutic nutrition, as well as food science and research,” said Ms. Williams, sister-in-law of President Peter P. Mercer.

By endowing a scholarship at Ramapo, Ms. Williams hopes to “give students with a passion for the study of food and nutrition the opportunity to further their studies in the field.”  The Madeleine Ehlert Williams Food and Nutrition Scholarship will benefit students who volunteer in organizations that help educate people about food and nutrition or students wishing to travel to other countries to study food and culture.

  • For students wishing to travel abroad to study food and culture preferred
  • For students who have volunteered in organizations that educate people about food and nutrition
  • GPA 3.5+
  • Apply at the hyperlink above.

Ramapo College Foundation Study Abroad Scholarship

This scholarship is funded by the generosity of participants in Travel with Ramapo Professors trips, and aims to provide Ramapo students the opportunity to take part in a study abroad experience. Previous trips included an excursion to Israel and Jordan, led by Ira Spar, Professor of History and Ancient Studies, and Southern France, led by President Peter P. Mercer and Dr. Jacqueline Ehlert-Mercer.

  • Student participating in Study Abroad
  • Students who are making a difference and active in the Ramapo College community
  • Good Academic Standing
  • Any major
  • You must be nominated to be considered for this award; there is not an application process.

Ramapo Foundation Scholarships

The available scholarships have specific eligibility criteria and are NOT specific to study abroad. Please review all available options to see how you might meet the eligibility criteria to apply.

Ramapo College’s Office of Fellowships and Scholarships

Ramapo College Educational Opportunity Fund

For more information on these opportunities, please visit their website.

Partner Scholarships

*The following scholarships are available only to students participating in the hosting organizations’ programs.   

Academic Programs International (API)

API Regional Scholarship

The API regional scholarships (Asia/Middle East, Europe, Latin America, and South Pacific) provide awards for API participants that range from $250 to $800 per session. All API students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher are encouraged to apply. The scholarship is both need and merit-based. We will review your academic record, essays and financial need as stated in your own words. This scholarship is offered to quarter/semester, academic year, and summer students.

API First Generation Scholarship

API is pleased to support participants on our programs who are the first in their families to attend a college or university. The First Generation Scholarship award ranges from $250 to $750 per session and is available for academic year, quarter/semester, and summer students. In order to be eligible, students must meet the following requirements: have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher; be a first-generation college student (i.e., parents and grandparents did not attend a college or university); show financial need.

API STEM Scholarship

The API STEM scholarship is offered for API participants who are studying science, technology, engineering or mathematics. The API STEM Scholarship award ranges from $250 to $750 and is available for academic year, quarter/semester, and summer students. In order to be be eligible, students must meet the following requirements: have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher; major in an area classified as a STEM field (science, technology, engineering, or mathematics); show financial need. Special consideration will be given to students who are taking courses related to their major while abroad.

API Student Athlete Scholarship

It is not an easy task to juggle the demands of college athletics with academic responsibilities while pursuing other interests on campus. API supports both current and college-bound student-athletes participating on our programs. We welcome student-athletes across all divisions of the NCAA, NAIA, and NJCAA to apply. The API Student-Athlete Scholarship award ranges from $250 to $750 and is available for academic year, quarter/semester, and summer students.

API DACA Scholarship

The API DACA scholarship is designated to provide financial assistance to an API participant who is the recipient of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. The scholarship awards $575 to an eligible participant to help offset the cost of applying for Advance Parole. We will take into consideration your academic record and essay detailing your financial circumstances, background and motivation for studying abroad. This scholarship is offered to quarter/semester, academic year, and summer students.

API Diversity Scholarship

API is proud to provide a diversity scholarship in order to support participants on our programs who hail from a variety of backgrounds. The API Diversity Scholarship award ranges from $250 to $750 and is available for academic year, quarter/semester, or summer students. In order to be eligible, students must be one or more of the following: a U.S. military veteran, a non-traditional student (30 years old or older), a student with a disability, a minority student, and/or a LGBTQ student.

API Intern Scholarship

API is proud to award two semester and two summer scholarships for $500 each to participants on our international internship programs.

API Virtual Scholarship (through Fall 2022)
Participants in a virtual program with API in Fall 2020 or Spring 2021 (including API Global Select, API Innovation Lab, API Community Engagement Lab, an API Global Virtual Internship, Virtual Short-Term Spanish Study in Spain and Costa Rica, Virtual Short-Term French Study in Grenoble, API Gap Global Select, and API Gap Virtual Global Internship) are eligible for a $500 scholarship toward any API on-site summer program, or a $3,000 scholarship toward any API on-site quarter, semester or academic year study abroad program valid until fall 2022. Virtual program participants are also eligible to apply for any API Scholarship offering according to the standard deadlines.
API-Benjamin A Gilman International Scholarship Award
The Gilman Scholarship Program offers awards for undergraduate study abroad and was established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000. This scholarship provides 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.
Students participating in an API program who have been awarded a Gilman scholarship will be eligible to receive up to $1,000 in matching contributions from API for a study abroad program, or up to $500 in matching contributions from API for an intern abroad program. To receive this award, Gilman winners should indicate their scholarship details on their financial aid information after acceptance to an API study abroad program.

Arcadia University

Ramapo College students are eligible for scholarship opportunities from Arcadia Abroad for both semester and summer study abroad programs.  Arcadia is committed to supporting students by providing scholarship awards designed to make a difference for a student deciding between participating in a study abroad program or staying home. Eligibility is based on financial need and aims to help support students with the additional costs associated with studying abroad.

Specific partner and program scholarships are also available to students based on their destination and area of interest. These awards may not be directly managed by Arcadia, but have been used to support students in previous semesters.

Any Ramapo student receiving a Gilman Scholarship is awarded a $1000 scholarship from Arcadia Abroad. Please be certain to notify Arcadia that you are a Gilman recipient.

To learn more, please visit our Scholarship Page.

CEPA Foundation Scholarships (Strasbourg, France)

Summer Intercultural Leadership Program Scholarships:

    1. Emerging Global Leaders Scholarship
      Amount: $2,500
      Eligibility: Available to students enrolled in the Summer Intercultural Leadership Program. This scholarship will be awarded to an outstanding student who has demonstrated exceptional enthusiasm as a student leader. Students are eligible to apply for this scholarship after enrolling in the Summer Intercultural Leadership Program in Strasbourg, France.
    2. Leadership Scholarship:
      Amount: $1,000
      Eligibility: Available to students enrolled in the Summer Intercultural Leadership program. Applicants should be able to demonstrate their achievements as student leaders on their home campus.
    3. Intercultural Scholarship
      Amount: $500
      Eligibility: Available to students enrolled in the Summer Intercultural Leadership Program. Applicants should be able to demonstrate how they have used their intercultural knowledge, skills, or understanding on their home campus.

Fall/Spring/Academic Year Scholarships:

    1. Global ESC Scholarship
      Amount: $1,000
      Eligibility: Any student participating in a CEPA Foundation semester abroad program.
    2. First Generation Scholarship
      Amount: $1,000
      Eligibility: Students participating in a CEPA Foundation semester program who are the first in their family to study at a university/college.
    3. Go Again Grant
      Eligibility: Students who have participated in a CEPA faculty-led program or have attended another program at the ESC. Students attending for the academic year will automatically receive this grant during their second semester.

Council on International Education Exchange (CIEE)


Semester/Quarter Programs: $1,000 toward airfare
Summer Programs: $500 toward airfare

Eligibility: The Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Travel Grant helps cover outbound and return airfare to all CIEE program locations for students who demonstrate financial need. All students who receive a Federal Pell Grants are guaranteed a GAIN Travel Grant. To receive this grant, students upload their FAFSA Student Aid Report and submit their CIEE Scholarships and Grants application by October 15 (spring programs), or by April 1 (summer and fall programs). CIEE GAIN Travel Grants are available on a first-come, first-served basis.



Semester/Quarter: $500/$300 toward program costs
Summer: $250 toward program costs


Semester/Quarter: $2,500/$1,500 toward program costs
Summer: $1,000 toward program costs

All Gilman Go Global Grant recipients also automatically receive a GAIN Travel Grant!

Eligibility: Qualified applicants for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship are eligible for a Gilman Go Global Grant, regardless of whether they are selected as a Gilman Scholar. Simply upload the first page of your FAFSA Student Aid Report and proof of application to the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship and submit a CIEE Scholarships and Grants application by October 15 for spring programs, or April 1 for summer and fall programs to be eligible for the grant. Students must provide CIEE proof that they were not selected as a Gilman Scholar to receive the larger grant sizes noted above.


Based on academic achievement. Complete the Scholarships & Grants portion of your program application, along with an essay, to be considered for all awards to which you are eligible.

Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship Freshman, sophomore, or junior, student of color, 3.0 GPA 100% of program fee and travel costs
Frederick Douglass Summer Scholars Qualified applicants not chosen for a full fellowship are guaranteed a $1,500 program grant $1,500
McDermott Health Sciences, Nursing and Public Health Academic achievement and acceptance into a program focused on health sciences, nursing, or public health $2,500
Ping Scholarship for Academic Excellence Academic achievement $2,500
Ritzmann Tropical and Marine Ecology Scholarship Academic achievement and acceptance into a program focused on tropical or marine ecology $2,500
Stohl International Undergraduate Research Scholarship Academic achievement and acceptance into a qualified program $2,500
Wollitzer Merit Scholarship in Area or Comparative Studies Academic achievement and acceptance into a qualified program $2,500


Study abroad in Fall 2021 in Berlin, Copenhagen, London, Paris, Rome, or Sydney and receive up to $1,000 in round trip airfare to/from your program.  Enter your information online at to receive this free flight voucher.

DIS – Study Abroad in Scandinavia (Copenhagen & Stockholm)

Automatic Fee Reduction for all Ramapo College students: $5,000 per semester, $500 per 3-4 week summer session, and $1,500 per Architecture & Design summer session.

DIS offers need and merit-based awards and is committed to supporting students with limited financial resources, from diverse backgrounds, and/or underrepresented populations in study abroad. Click Here

DIS Merit-Based Awards

    • DIS offers two competitive, merit-based awards: Jacob Buksti Memorial Scholarship and The Anders Uhrskov Leadership Scholarship. One student is selected as the recipient of the $10,000 award. Please take note of the deadlines – DIS will not accept late applications for merit-based awards.

DIS Scholarship Funds

Apply for up to $6,000 per semester. During the summer, awards range from $250-$1,500 depending on program cost and duration. International (non-U.S. citizen) students are welcome to apply. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, and you hear back within 1-2 weeks after your scholarship application is submitted

    • Need-Based Scholarship
      Awarded on the basis of demonstrated financial need
    • Diversity Scholarship
      Awarded to support students from populations that are underrepresented in study abroad, including but not limited to diverse ethnic, racial, cultural, or educational backgrounds, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, veteran status, etc.

International Studies Abroad

ISA awards over $600,000 in grants and scholarships to participating students each year in a variety of categories, amounts and eligibility. Visit the website for more information on their scholarships, as well as scholarships available through their partner host institutions.

ISA will also offer the following guaranteed scholarships (in support of Ramapo’s Year of Asia & the Pacific – through Fall 2019):

John Cabot University

Tuition discount is extended to all Ramapo College students attending John Cabot University for fall, spring and summer terms. Please talk to your Study Abroad Office for more information. Engineering majors attending John Cabot University for summer terms are also eligible for the 500$ Engineering major scholarship. Students do not have to apply for this as it is automatically extended to all Engineering major students.

School for Field Studies

SFS awards over $650,000 in need-based scholarships and grants each year, and about 90% of students who apply for SFS aid receive it. The application is due at least 60 days before the program begins for semester applicants, and at least 30 days before the program begins for summer applicants.

Semester at Sea (SAS)

1. Need-Based Grants

These grants are awarded by the Institute for Shipboard Education to help make the program a reality for all students regardless of financial status. Awards range from $250 to $10,000.  Award ranges are based on EFC (Estimated Family Contribution) from FAFSA (pending verification of submitted information). The need grant is awarded on a rolling basis until approximately two weeks prior to the voyage embarkation date or until the funds have been depleted – whichever occurs first. Students should apply for this grant early if they wish to receive funding.

2. Merit Scholarship

Students may apply for merit-based aid if they maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above. Additional consideration will be given to those students demonstrating leadership within their campus or community. Awards range from $250 to $2,500.  Award ranges are based on GPA, quality of essay and demonstrated leadership experience. The merit grant is awarded on a rolling basis until approximately two weeks prior to the voyage embarkation date or until the funds have been depleted – whichever occurs first. Students should apply for this grant early if they wish to receive funding.

3. Student Assistant Grants

These esteemed positions are available for industrious students with the necessary experience to be successful in their assignment. Students will be expected to work two hours per day while at sea. There will be no work expectations while in port. Student Assistant Grants are $4,000.

4. Alumni Support Scholarships

These awards are made possible by the generosity of gifts from our alumni. Students will be expected to correspond with the donor if selected. Students must have a 3.00 GPA or have exhibited personal leadership. Awards range from $500 to $10,000.

5. Global Journalism & Integrated Communications Fellowship

The Semester at Sea Global Journalism & Integrated Communications Fellowship is an opportunity for students to hone their reporting, digital storytelling, and critical thinking skills over the course of a Semester at Sea voyage. Students will pitch and author articles for their host university newspaper. Selected fellows will need to work closely with their home campus newspaper editor- in-chief to approve and publish a series of articles during their voyage. Students currently pursuing a degree in journalism, communications, English, or similar are strongly encouraged to apply. Selected fellows will receive a $3,500 grant towards their SAS program fees.

6. CY Tung Scholarship

This scholarship opportunity is available to students studying Chinese/East Asian Studies and is available for any voyage that visits China. A small cohort of US and Chinese students are awarded a $25,000 scholarship. The C.Y. Tung Program on Sino-US relations underscores Semester at Sea’s commitment to global understanding and international exploration and offers a timely and integrated study of China-one of the world’s most influential global powers-and its relations with the United States. It brings together students, scholars, and prominent figures to explore the history and cultures of China and the United States, and to consider how to ensure productive economic and diplomatic relationships between the two in the future.

7. Tutu Ubuntu Scholarship

This $30,000 scholarship has been created in the legacy of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, as a means to award deserving students with the opportunity to promote his message of forgiveness, empowerment and peace.

8. Inclusive Engagement Scholarship

Semester at Sea is committed to fostering a shipboard community inclusive of all identities. We are pleased to launch the Inclusive Engagement Scholarship as a means for student leaders to get involved in diversity and inclusion initiatives during and after their voyages, and to inspire prospective students from their communities to sail with Semester at Sea in the future.  Recipients will be awarded a $5,000 scholarship and flights for the program. Preference will be given to students from underrepresented identities (Race/Ethnic Minorities, Students with Disabilities, First Generation, Low-Income, LGBTQIA+, Religion, and Veterans).

9. Impact Cohort (Field program scholarship & 1-credit seminar. Top applicants also receive $3,500 toward program fees.)

The Impact Cohort (approx. ~15-25 students) will travel together on two custom overnight Field Programs to visit and support partner NGOs (which are being funded in part by Semester at Sea.) The Cohort will work together during at-sea days to learn about relevant concepts (readings required!) and to prepare for each visit and reflect and process after each program. The Cohort will be led by a SAS faculty member and on transcripts appears as IE 492 International Education Seminar (1 credit). Upon successful completion of both Field Programs, all cohort members will have the opportunity to apply for additional funding to return to one of the program sites after the voyage in an intern / volunteer / fellowship capacity (timing and details TBD pending partner needs and student availability.)

SIT Study Abroad

SIT Study Abroad offers numerous scholarship opportunities to provide greater access to international opportunities. In addition, we would like to highlight the following: Pell-Matching and RCNJ-SIT scholarships.

Students with demonstrated need will be eligible for a New Horizons Grant of $2500 for a new semester program and $1500 for a new summer program. These grants are awarded for the first two terms that the new program is offered.

SIT – Pell Matching Scholarship Program

SIT study abroad offers a scholarship program for undergraduate Federal Pell grant recipients. SIT will automatically match a student’s Pell award used for a semester program with SIT, thereby placing high quality, field-based study abroad programs within greater financial reach of a wider range of undergraduate students.

SIT – Study Abroad Scholarship (for RCNJ Students only)

Ramapo College students have the opportunity to apply for a SIT Study Abroad Scholarship. This scholarship can be used towards SIT Study Abroad semester or summer programs. The maximum award for a semester program is $5000 and the maximum award for a summer program is $2000. Ramapo College students must demonstrate financial need, be in-state residents, and meet SIT admissions requirements to be eligible.

Application Deadline

Summer/Fall Application Deadline: early March
Spring Application Deadline: early October

For more information about SIT Study Abroad programs: Click Here

For more information about the SIT Study Abroad Scholarship and to access the application: Click Here

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Rothberg International School

Summer Study Abroad Scholarships:
    • Needs-based scholarship
    • Diversity Abroad scholarship
    • Summer 2021 Special scholarship
Undergraduate Semester Study Abroad Scholarships:
    • Needs-based financial aid
    • Merit scholarship
    • Art Merit scholarship
    • Louis Levine Merit scholarship for a student majoring in the sciences preferably genetics
    • Spring in Jerusalem Merit scholarship
    • Diversity Abroad scholarship

University College Dublin

Study Abroad @ the Quinn School of Business

The only study abroad scholarship currently on offer is through the Quinn School of Business. There are a limited number of €1000 scholarships for business study abroad students each semester. The full details about the scholarship and how to apply can be found here.
Global Greening Scholarship Competition
As a partner of UCD, you can win a Summer Program Scholarship (2021 or 2022) + flights for one of your students by ‘going Green’ this St Patrick’s Day! You’ll find more information and application details on the link below:
Inclusive Ireland Scholarship Program:
Education in Ireland has launched their latest collaboration with Diversity Abroad, the new Inclusive Ireland Scholarships 2021 – Education in Ireland. Beginning in Fall 2021, Education in Ireland will sponsor 5 X €3,000 scholarships for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) students to study abroad in Ireland, including at University College Dublin. Students should apply for this Scholarship directly.
We also offer a returning study abroad scholarship, for past study abroad students who choose to pursue further studies at UCD. This scholarship is worth €4,000. Full details, here. I understand this may not be relevant for initial outgoing students.

General Scholarships

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

The Gilman International Scholarship Program offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies abroad. Such international study is intended to better prepare U.S. students to assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world. Undergraduate students who are receiving federal Pell Grant funding at 2-year or 4-year colleges or universities are eligible to apply.

Fund for Education Abroad (FEA)

FEA is an independent organization that is committed to increasing opportunities for dedicated American students to participate in high-quality, rigorous education abroad programs by reducing financial restrictions through the provision of scholarships. FEA goals include increasing the number and diversity of students studying abroad, in particular underrepresented students. Up to $5,000 for a semester and $10,000 for a year. Foundation for Global Scholars The Foundation for Global Scholars offers 4 different scholarship opportunities with different eligibility requirements and award amounts. Please refer to the website for further information about the following scholarship opportunities:

  • Foundation for Global Scholars General Scholarship
  • STA Travel Scholar Award
  • Diversity Abroad / GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Scholarship
  • Banks Family Scholarship

Golden Key Joan Nelson Study Abroad Scholarship 

This scholarship assists members who are going to participate in a study abroad program.  With the global economy in today’s world, Golden Key feels it is crucial for members to have education-based study abroad experiences.

Region/Field of Study Scholarships

Specific to Region

Boren Awards for International Study (various)

Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin American, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded. Boren Scholars study 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. Applicants should identify how their study abroad program, as well as their future academic and career goals, will contribute to U.S. national security, broadly defined. NSEP draws on a broad definition of national security, recognizing that the scope of national security has expanded to include 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. More information and application materials are available on the Boren website.

Inclusive Ireland Scholarship (Ireland)

In collaboration with Diversity Abroad, Education in Ireland is pleased to announce the creation of a new scholarship program: the Inclusive Ireland Scholarships, which will support BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) students to study abroad in Ireland. With a commitment to providing academically rigorous and culturally immersive study abroad experiences for students from all backgrounds and identities, and a strong belief that diversity among our visiting students only serves to enrich our society and our campuses. In order to be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must be BIPOC undergraduate students currently enrolled at a college or university in the US who have a minimum GPA of 3.0. Further details are available at the website listed above.

Upper Midwest Rebild Scholarship (Denmark)

The Upper Midwest Rebild Scholarship Corporation supports U.S. university students who study abroad in Denmark, with the aim of helping to strengthen the cultural and friendship ties between our two countries. This award, up to $3,000, supports a student of Danish background or one who has demonstrated a strong interest and commitment to Denmark and “matters Danish”. The application, along with detailed criteria, timing and instructions, is available at the link above, and is open to US citizens or permanent residents attending any U.S. college or university, registered to study abroad in Denmark for a minimum of one semester/trimester.

Study in New Zealand Scholarship (New Zealand)

Go Overseas is running the 3rd annual ‘Study in New Zealand scholarship’ on behalf of Education New Zealand and the NZ institutions. This is a full scholarship (US$15,000) for US students to study abroad in New Zealand for a semester.

In addition to the US$15,000 scholarship, there are five NZ$1,000 scholarships available for students who select the University of Auckland programme.

Generation Study Abroad Travel & Excellence Awards (New Zealand)

Education New Zealand Study Abroad Travel Awards (ENZTA)
As a country partner to the Generation Study Abroad initiative, Education New Zealand offers US$2,000 to help students fund their flight to New Zealand.

Generation Study Abroad New Zealand Universities Excellence Awards (NZUEA)
All eight (8) New Zealand Universities offer $500 Excellence Awards to US students studying for a semester at the universities.

Generation Study Abroad New Zealand Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics Excellence Awards (NZITPEA)
Participating New Zealand Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics offer $500 Excellence Awards to US students studying for a semester at an Institute of Technology/Polytechnic

Deadline: late November

Chinese Government Scholarship Award (China)

The Educational Office, Embassy of the People’s Republic of China, in Washington, D.C., has approved Chinese Government Scholarship awards for undergraduate students attending AASCU member colleges and universities. Students must be attending one year of full time academic study at a designated university in China. The scholarship coverage includes: tuition, room and board, international health insurance, and a stipend. International round-trip airfare is the responsibility of the student. Students must have a 3.0 GPA to be eligible.

Bridging Scholarship (Japan)

The Bridging Project offers scholarships to American undergraduate students participating in study-abroad programs in Japan. Funding from private foundations and major U.S. corporations, through donations to the nonprofit U.S. – Japan Bridging Foundation, makes it possible to award about 100 scholarships each year to assist students with the travel and living expenses they will incur while studying abroad in Japan for a semester or an academic year.

Student Exchange Support Scholarship (Japan)

Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) offers scholarship for qualified international students who are accepted by a Japanese university, graduate school, junior college, college of technology (3rd grade or upper) or professional training college (hereinafter referred to as “Japanese school”) under a student exchange agreement or other student exchange arrangement on a short-term basis from 8 days to one year between Japanese school and their home higher educational institution outside Japan (hereinafter referred to as “home school”).

Freeman Asia Scholarship Program  (ASIA)

Freeman-ASIA (Freeman Awards for Study in Asia) is designed to support American undergraduates with demonstrated financial need who are planning to study overseas in East or Southeast Asia.  The program’s goal is to increase the number of Americans with first-hand exposure to and understanding of Asia and its peoples and cultures.  Award recipients are required to share their experiences with their home campuses or communities to encourage study abroad by others and fulfill the program’s goal of increasing understanding of Asia in the United States.From 2001 to 2009, Freeman-ASIA supported over 4,000 U.S. undergraduates from more than 600 institutions with their study abroad plans in East and Southeast Asia.  With generous funding from the Freeman Foundation, the Institute of International Education (IIE) will re-launch the Freeman-ASIA Program for two academic years, beginning in Summer 2011.

Specific to Field of Study

Critical Languages Scholarship

A program of United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program will offer intensive summer language institutes overseas in thirteen critical need foreign languages. The selection process will be administered by the

Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) with awards approved by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The CLS Program will be administered by CAORC and the

American Councils for International Education.

Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) institutes provide fully-funded group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences for seven to ten weeks for U.S. citizen undergraduate, Master’s and Ph.D. students.

  • Arabic, Persian: Advanced beginning, intermediate or advanced level;
  • Azerbaijani, Bangla/Bengali, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Punjabi, Turkish, Urdu: Beginning, intermediate or advanced level;
  • Chinese, Japanese, Russian: Intermediate or advanced level.

The CLS Program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical need foreign languages. Students of diverse disciplines and majors are encouraged to apply. Participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, and later apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers. Countries may include: Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Japan, Jordan, Morocco, Oman, Russia, South Korea, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkey, or others where the target languages are spoken. Please see Information for Applicants for eligibility requirements, grant benefits, and language levels and pre-requisites.

Diversity Scholarships

United Negro College Fund

UNCF (United Negro College Fund) is the nation’s largest and most effective minority education organization. UNCF provides operating funds for 38 member historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), scholarships and internships for students at about 900 institutions and faculty and administrative professional training.

Congressional Black Caucus Spouses General Mills Health Scholarship

You can win $2,500 if you are a minority student enrolled in an undergraduate healthcare administration program in an accredited program. The committee prefers students with a minimum GPA of 2.5 who are enrolled in a program that coincides with a Black Caucus member’s district.

Diverse International Women of Color, Inc a 501c3 non profit organization that helps women of color from the United States study abroad. Our summer study abroad scholarship is intended to assist women of color who are exceptional in their studies and in need of financial assistance to study abroad. I am reaching out because I wanted to share that our 2021 summer scholarship period opens March 1, 2021. If you have any students that will be interested in applying please have them visit for the scholarship details. Each recipient will be awarded $500 to aid their study abroad experience.

The National Italian American Foundation

For Italian American students who demonstrate outstanding potential and high academic achievements. Area of study: open.

Point Foundation – The National LGBT Scholarship Fund

Point Foundation provides financial support, leadership training, mentoring and hope to meritorious students who are marginalized due to sexual orientation, gender identity and/or gender expression. You do not need straight A’s to apply but we are looking for individuals who have proven leadership skills, excellent scholastic achievements and want to make a difference in the world. All applicants are evaluated on the totality of their situation including, academic accomplishments, financial, emotional and social need, extracurricular activities, personal circumstances and goals for the future. This website provides link to a number of different resources geared towards LGBTQ students.

Traub-Dicker Rainbow Scholarship

The Traub-Dicker Rainbow Scholarship was established by Peggy Traub and Phyllis Dicker to encourage and support women-identified lesbians in their pursuit of higher education. This program provides one-year scholarships of $1,500 or $3,000 to those graduating high school or already enrolled in college in any year of study, including graduate school. Scholarships are paid directly to the recipient’s school and are applied toward tuition. Applications are judged on:

  • Academic achievement
  • Outstanding community service and leadership
  • Commitment to impacting LGBTQ issues

The application period for the Traub-Dicker Rainbow Scholarship has closed. Please join the TDRS mailing list if you are interested in applying in 2019.