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I stayed with a host mom and I am so happy I did. I dove deep into the culture, and made it a part of my everyday life. There were some times when I would get frustrated with the language barrier, but overall it was totally worth it. I grew in my Spanish, and grew as a person as well.
– Megan Gray
Central College

scholarships

For many students, scholarship funds make a real difference between participation and staying home. For students who attend a school that is part of Central’s cooperative council, additional scholarships are available.

Central College Abroad provides scholarship opportunities for semester and year program applicants for both Central College and non-Central students.
Scholarship applications are made after acceptance into a Central College Abroad program. Application directions and forms are accessed through an online acceptance account.

Pay attention to scholarship deadlines; some allow you to apply for the scholarship even if you have not officially been accepted to the program yet. Note that scholarship deadlines operate independently of program application deadlines.

Apply, apply, apply! It never hurts to try. Studying abroad is an experience that will enrich your undergraduate experience. Don’t let cost hold you back. Research your options so you can begin this life-changing journey!

Central College Abroad scholarship deadlines:

  • March 15 — fall and year programs
  • October 1 — spring programs

Central College students accepted to a Central College Abroad program:

  • Principal Scholarship
    Awards: $2,000
    Requirements: Central College students; 2.75 cumulative GPA or higher; junior or senior when going abroad; majoring in accounting, economics or international management; priority to Spanish language programs

    View application
  • Holthuis Scholarship
    Awards: $4,500 (may vary)
    Requirements: Central College students who demonstrate financial need.

    View application

Non-Central students accepted to a Central College Abroad program:

  • Merit Scholarship
    Awards: amount varies (no more than $650 per student)
    Requirements: available to non-Central students; 3.6 GPA or higher on a 4.0 scale; excellent recommendations; high motivation to study abroad; application required

    View application
  • Vance Scholarship
    Awards: $1,000 (no more than one to each program)
    Requirements: attend one of Central College Abroad’s cooperating institutions (inquire at your home institution or with CCA to see if you qualify); 3.0 GPA or higher on a 4.0 scale; application required

    View application

Additional international scholarships for all students

  • Adell & Hancock Fund
    Awards: up to $2400
    Deadline: March 15
    Requirements:
    • must be a foreign student currently studying at a US university OR must be a US student planning to study abroad during the next academic year
    • must be in a degree program at one of IIE’s US Educational Associate institutions of higher learning
    Details: Click here
  • Boren Scholarship
    Awards: $10,000 for a semester or $20,000 for a full academic year
    Deadline: Early February
    Requirements:
    • A U.S. citizen at the time of application
    • A high school graduate, or have earned a GED, and are matriculated in an undergraduate degree program in a U.S. post-secondary institution, including universities, colleges and community colleges accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
    • Applying to engage in a study abroad experience in a country outside of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand that meets home institution standards.
    • Planning to use the scholarship for study abroad, and the study abroad program ends before you graduate. Not for study in the United States.
    Details: Click here
    Application: http://www.borenawards.org/apply_now.html
  • Frank Huntington Beebe Fellowship
    Awards: check link below
    Deadline: Dec. 15
    Requirements:
    • must be at an advanced level within the field of music or music performance
    • study abroad location must be in Europe
    • duration of scholarship is a minimum of one year (undergraduate or graduate)
    Details: Click here
  • Freeman-ASIA
    Awards: Maximum of $3,000/summer; $5,000/semester; $7,000/academic year
    Deadline: summer — mid-Feb; fall and academic year — early April; spring, — early October
    Requirements:
    • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident at the time of application.
    • Must currently receive need-based financial aid or demonstrate a verifiable need for financial assistance to participate in the proposed study abroad program.
    • Must be an undergraduate student in good standing, pursuing his or her first bachelor's degree (or associate's degree), at a two-year or a four-year institution of higher education in the United States.
    • Must apply through the U.S. home campus and have at least one term of enrollment remaining at the home institution in the U.S. upon returning from studying abroad in Asia.
    • Must have applied or have been accepted to a study abroad based program in: Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Macao, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam.
    • Must have applied to or have been accepted by a study abroad based program that awards academic credits through the home campus or other U.S. accredited college or university.
    • Must have little or no previous experience in the country in which he or she plans to study.
    • Must submit the online Freeman-ASIA Student Impact Survey within one month of returning to the United States and must initiate his/her service project to promote study abroad opportunities in Asia on the college campus and/or in the local community.
    • Must submit the Freeman-ASIA Final Service Report on the implementation of his/her service project at the end of the term following his/her return to the United States.
    • Must not be a previous Freeman-ASIA award recipient.
    Details: Click here
    Application: http://www.iie.org/en/Programs/Freeman-ASIA/Apply
  • Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) Scholarships
    Awards: $5,000
    Deadline: November 15
    Requirements:
    • Must be a US citizen or permanent resident of the US
    • Must be applying for a study abroad program eligible for credit at the student’s educational institution
    • Must plan to study abroad for a minimum of 4 weeks in country
    • Is committed to supporting education abroad in his/her campus community through work with the FEA and his/her campus education abroad staff upon return
    Preferences:
    • Applying to a study abroad program known for its academic rigor and immersion elements
    • Applying to a study abroad program that includes studying the language of the host country (if not English)
    • Applying to a study abroad program with a sustainable service-learning or volunteering component
    • Applying to a study abroad program in a non-traditional destination
    • Demonstrates financial need

    NOTE: FEA strongly encourages students to apply who represent a group that is traditionally underrepresented in education abroad.
    Details: Click here
  • Gilman International Scholarship
    Awards: maximum of $5,000
    Deadline: Fall and year students — April 7; spring students — Oct. 7
    Requirements:
    • citizen of the United States
    • receiving federal Pell Grant funding during the academic term of his/her application
    • will not study in a country which is currently under a Travel Warning
    • recipients will be expected to comply with the Flay America Act, which stipulates that recipients of federal funds fly on U.S. Flagged Carriers
    Selection requirement:
    • quality of student essay
    • financial need
    • academic performance
    • diversity of award recipients
    • diversity of study abroad locations
    Details: Click here or contact gilman@iie.org
  • Global Studies Foundation Student Grand
    Awards: maximum of $1,000
    Deadline: July 1
    Requirements:
    • citizen of the United States
    • enrolled full-time and in good academic standing in an accredited secondary or postsecondary institutio
    Selection criteria:
    • academic performance (as indicated in courses, grades, recommendations, and other achievements),
    • program merit and outreach potential
    • Grant recipients will be expected to acknowledge GSF's support, to report on their experiences, and to work with GSF to share those experiences as widely as possible. 
    Details: Click here
  • GO! Study Abroad Scholarship
    Awards: maximum of $1,000
    Deadline: The deadline for scholarship applications may change from semester to semester. See the main GO! Study Abroad Scholarship page for the most updated information.
    Requirements:
    • Open to current students who will be enrolled in a study abroad program during the coming academic year.
    • Must be successfully accepted into a study abroad program.
    • May be applied to semester, year-long or summer programs.
    Selection requirement:
    • Creativity of writing sample
    • Student displayes analytical thinking,
    • Student has a passion for studying abroad
    Details: Click here
    Application: http://www.go-study-abroad.com/node/add/study-abroad-scholarship
  • Marshall Scholarship — for study in Britain
    Awards: check link below
    Deadline: Early-October
    Requirements:
    • must be an American citizen at time of application and must not be studying for or hold a British university degree
    • apply within two years of graduating from undergraduate college/university
    • have (after freshman year) a 3.7 GPA
    • recipients will take up their award within three years of graduating from college
    Details: Click here
    Application: http://www.marshallscholarship.org/applications/
  • National American-Welsh Exchange Scholarship
    Awards: check link below
    Requirements:
    • award available at any recognized academic institution in Wales
    • scholarship duration is one year
    • Welsh family ties are considered important
    Details: Click here
    Application: http://www.wales-usa.org/
  • Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship (largest privately funded international scholarships program)
    Awards: check link below
    Deadline: Typically beginning of October (check with your district Rotary)
    Requirements:
    • award is tenable at any country where there is a Rotary club
    • reference is given to studies in non-English speaking countries; a limited number of awards are given to students studying in the UK.
    • applicants must have completed two years of study at a United States university and be under the age of 25.
    Details: Click here

Additional scholarship links