Scholarships

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Scholarships are a great way to support the cost of your study abroad experience. In an effort to encourage you to study abroad, and to make a study abroad experience more accessible, the SHU Office of Study Abroad prepared the following list of scholarships and financial resources.  Please note that this is not a conclusive list but it will help you start your search process.  The OSA encourages you to apply and take advantage of as many relevant scholarship opportunities as possible.

In addition to searching for funding for study abroad programs, you may want to consider searching for funding sources that base awards on such things as grades, ethnicity, field of study, location of study, volunteer work, etc. On this page you will find a variety of funding opportunities based on the above factors.

If you require a signature on your scholarship application from either the OSA or SHU Student Financial Assistance, please make an appointment and bring all questions and program materials with you to your meeting. If you find additional scholarships not included in this list, we encourage you to notify the OSA so that we can add the scholarship to this list and assist future study abroad students. 

Please take note:

  1. Some scholarships may require you to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. You can access and complete this form online or you can pick up a paper copy from the financial aid office;
  2. Sometimes receiving an outside scholarship award may reduce the amount of your federal financial aid packet;
  3. Scholarship awards mailed directly to you may need to be reported on your income taxes;
  4. Scholarship funds may not become available until after your payment due dates.

Below is a list of scholarship categories to help you begin your scholarship search:

  1. SHU and CT/NY Study Abroad Scholarships
  2. Affiliated University Scholarships
  3. Nationally Competitive Scholarships
  4. Region-Specific Scholarships
  5. Field of Study-Specific Scholarships
  6. Diversity Scholarships
  7. Disibility Scholarships
  8. Military Scholarships
  9. General Scholarships
  10. Scholarship Databases
  11. Scholarships for Other International Opportunities
  12. Additional Resources

Also, consider Peer-Funding your study abroad experience through SHU's partnership with Project Travel.

SHU and CT/NY Study Abroad Scholarships

  • Matthew Dalling Scholarship‌ Available to SHU students studying abroad at the SHU in Dingle, Ireland campus during the Winter or May programs.  The application will become available once students are accepted into a study abroad program.   Deadline for Winter program: November 1st;  Deadline for May program: March 1st
  • Welch Experience Tuition Waiver Available to SHU students in the Welch College of Business, the Welch Experience Tuition Waiver covers the cost of tuition for a business course taken while on a summer SHU study abroad program in Dingle, Ireland or Luxembourg.  The Welch Waiver may be applied to each student once.  The application will become available once students are accepted into a study abroad program.  For more information about the Welch waiver please contact Sean Heffron.   Deadline for Winter program: November 1st; Application Deadline for May program: March 1st
  • Thomas More Honors Program Study Abroad Scholarship Available to SHU honors students in the amount of $500.  The application will become available once students are accepted into a study abroad program. For more information about the Honors scholarship, please contact Suzanne Deschenes. Application Deadline for Winter program: November 1st; Application Deadline for May program: March 1st
  • Education Student Scholarship- One $1500 is available to a SHU education student studying on the 'Teaching and Learning in Costa Rica' summer program.  The application will become available once students are accepted into a study abroad program.  Application Deadline: March 1st
  • Norman Woodberry Scholarship Available to residents of Fairfield County, CT or Westchester County, NY. The World Affairs Forum has established a scholarship program for semester study abroad students in the amount of up to $5000.  For more information please visit the World Affairs Forum website.  Application Deadline for Fall/Spring: March 31st
  • CCIS is happy to announce scholarship opportunities for the Spring 2014 semester. Currently, there are three Spring 2014 scholarship awards available in the amount of $1,000.00 each. The deadline for the nominations is October 15, 2013. Please see the website for more information. 

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SHU General Scholarships

A scholarship does not necessarily have to say “study abroad” in order for it to be applied to your time abroad. Please see below for extra funding opportunities:

  • GE Foundation Scholarship Program The program provides scholarship, retention, and enrichment support for GE Foundation Scholars-- academically talented minority students with a demonstrated interest in science, mathematics, information technology, or one of the quantitative business disciplines (accounting, economics, or finance). Award is $3000. For more information, please contact Virginia Stephens.

*Remember all SHU Scholarships and financial aid will apply towards your SHU-sponsored semester study abroad program!

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SHU Greek Life Sponsored Scholarships

Scholarship opportunities for sorority members at SHU:

Scholarship opportunities for sorority members at SHU:

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Affiliate University Scholarships

  • EuroScholars Scholarships Available to students accepted to the EuroScholars program. All participants with a 3.5 GPA and higher are eligible and automatically considered for an award upon acceptance to a EuroScholars research project. No application is necessary.
  • John Cabot University Study Abroad Scholarship Available to students accepted to John Cabot University. For more information please visit the John Cabot University website. Application Deadline for the Fall semester: June 1st; Application Deadline for the Spring semester; November 15th; Application Deadline for Summer Session I: April 15th; Application Deadline for Summer Session II: May 15th
  • Webster WINS Travel Award Available to students participating in a Webster University study abroad program. The award covers up to $1,000 towards your round-trip airfare. For more information please visit the WINS award web page. Application Deadline for the Fall semester: March 15th; Application Deadline for the Spring semester; September15th
  • CIEE GAIN Scholarship Available to students participating in a CIEE study abroad program. You must demonstrate financial and/or otherwise defining barriers to overcome in order to be able to study abroad. Awards range from $1,000–$5,000 depending on duration of study and financial need, and are applied towards your CIEE program fee. Application Deadline for summer, fall, and academic year programs: April 1st; Application Deadline for winter, spring, and calendar year programs: November 1st
  • CIEE Lift Scholarship Awarded to students currently pursuing intensive language study on any year-long CIEE language program who also hold a minimum GPA of 3.0. Scholarships are a minimum of $5,000 and are awarded to exemplary students based on undergraduate GPA, the strength of a personal essay, and a letter of recommendation from an advisor or faculty member. Application Deadline for summer, fall, and academic year programs: April 15; Application Deadline for winter, spring, and calendar year programs: November 1st

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Nationally Competitive Scholarships

  • Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship is a State Department program supporting study abroad. Up to $5000 offered to enrolled students with financial need. Deadline for the Fall semester and summer programs: March 5th; Deadline for the Spring semester; October 5th
  • Sean Carter Foundation-Gilman International ScholarshipThe collaboration between the Shawn Carter Foundation and the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program supports the State Department’s goal of expanding opportunities for students with diverse backgrounds to study abroad and builds on the foundation’s efforts to broaden the horizons of its scholars.
  • Bridging Scholarship For undergraduate students who wish to study in Japan, $2,500; Application Deadline for the Fall semester: April; Application Deadline for the Spring semester; October
  • NSEP David L. Boren Scholarship pays for undergraduate students to study in understudied areas of interest to national security. $8,000 to $20,000 depending on duration of study. Comes with federal government service requirement. Application Deadline for the Fall semester and Summer programs: February; Application Deadline for the Spring semester; October
  • Fund for Education Abroad 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. Application Deadline for the Fall and Spring semesters: November of the calendar year before you wish to study abroad
  • Foundation for Global Scholars The Foundation for Global Scholars offers 4 different scholarship opportunities with different eligibility requirements and award amounts. Over 200 scholarships between $500 and $2,500 will be awarded this calendar year for U.S. and Canadian citizens to study internationally. Award amounts will vary with the average award being approximately $1,000. 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; and Banks Family Scholarship. Application Deadline for the Fall semester: July; Application Deadline for the Spring semester: November; Application Deadline for summer programs: March
  • Golden Key Study Abroad Scholarship Undergraduate members who are currently enrolled in a study abroad program or who will be enrolled the academic year immediately following the granting of the awards are eligible for one of the $1,000 awards presented each year-three for the October 20 deadline and seven for the April 15th deadline. Application Deadline for the Spring semester: October 20;  Application Deadline for the Fall semester: April 15
  • GO! Study Abroad Scholarship Available to all study abroad students and students should apply early. For more information please visit the Go! Overseas website on the way to the bottom right. Applications are closed for 2013-2014 year.

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Region Specific Scholarships

Australia

Austria

Brazil

  • The Brazil Initiation Scholarship (BIS) BRASA invites applications from graduate and undergraduate students for a one-time $1,500 travel scholarship to do exploratory research or language study in Brazil. This scholarship targets aspiring Brazilianists with relatively little or no experience in Brazil. It seeks to contribute to the student’s initial trip (for a period from six weeks to three months), to heighten the student’s interest in Brazil, and deepen his/her commitment to Brazilian studies in the United States. BRASA will award up to four fellowships in this competition. Amount given is $1500. Application Deadline: Varies

Canada

  • The Killam Fellowships Program funds a semester or academic year study in Canada. $5000/semester plus a travel allowance. Open to US or Canadian undergraduates. The 2013-2014 competition is now closed, the 2014-15 competition opens September 1st, 2013.

Finland

Germany

  • DAAD Fellowships The German Academic Exchange offers a range of study and research grants to undergraduates and graduate students for summer or school-year study in Berlin. Awards up to $10,000. Application Deadline: Varies

Japan

  • Blakemore Foundation Offers grants for graduates and professionals studying an Asian language at an advanced level. For more information please visit the Blakemore Foundation website. Applications are closed for 2013-2014 year
  • Bridging Scholarships Offered by the Association of Teachers of Japanese to fund travel and living expenses for academic study in Japan. Grants range from $2500 to $4000. Application Deadline: Varies
  • Freeman Awards for Study in Asia Supports study in Asia for students demonstrating financial need. $3000-$7000 given based on the duration of study. Open to undergraduates with little to no experience in country of travel. (Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Macao, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam). Application Deadline: Varies
  • Monbusho Scholarships Available to current and graduated students between 18 and 30. Funded by the Japanese government. Short term exchange program of particular interest to current undergrad and grad students. Application Deadline: Varies

Latin America

  • LIVfund The Learn, Intern, and Volunteer in Latin America fund offers scholarships to any student in need of financial assistance and planning to study or intern abroad in Latin America (including Argentina and Cuba). The fund will award two $500 scholarships each month. Application Deadline: Varies

Norway

  • Norway-American Scholarships For study in Norway. Undergraduate/Graduate level. $1,500-$4,500 Funding amount depends on award. Application Deadline: Varies
  • Sons of Norway Scholarships For study in Norway.  Undergraduate/Graduate levels. Funding amount depends on award. Application Deadline: Varies

Sweden

  • Swedish Scholarships For study in Sweden at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Funding amount depends on award. Application Deadline: Varies

Switzerland

  • ThinkSwiss Research Scholarship For research study in Switzerland at the undergraduate level (sophomores and above). Awards of $1,000. Application Deadline: February – March

Thailand

  • Blakemore Foundation Offers grants for graduates and professionals studying an Asian language at an advanced level. For more information please visit the Blakemore Foundation website. Applications are closed for 2013-2014 year
  • Freeman Awards for Study in Asia Supports study in Asia for students demonstrating financial need. $3000-$7000 given based on the duration of study. Open to undergraduates with little to no experience in country of travel. (Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Macao, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam). Application Deadline: Varies

Turkey

  • Halide Edip Adıvar Prize For current undergraduates who have not studied in Turkey. $1000. Open to American and Canadian citizens and permanent residents. Application Deadline: Varies
  • Study Abroad Turkey Scholarships for Minority Students Applicants must be African American, Hispanic/Latino, or Native American undergrads who have been accepted to participate at a Turkish university. Undergraduate/Graduate levels. Amount given depends on time abroad. Rolling application deadline

United Kingdom

  • BUTEX Scholarships offer $1000 for US students accepted to study at a member University of the British Universities TransAtlantic Exchange Association. Application Deadline: February 1

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Field of Study Specific Scholarships

  • NSEP David L. Boren Scholarship Undergraduate students interested in studying abroad in understudied areas of interest to national security. $8,000 to $20,000 depending on duration of study. Comes with federal government service requirement. Application Deadline for the Fall semester and summer programs: Application February; Deadline for the Spring semester; October
  • John T. Petters Foundation
 Applicants must be pursuing a program focused on international business and the student must be eligible for credit from home institution. Application Deadline varies
  • Global Studies Foundation Student grant designed to support foreign language training and other academic studies abroad, this grant provides supplemental funds for American students who already are studying abroad under the auspices of an official study abroad program conducted by an accredited academic institution. Awards of up to $1,000. Application Deadline: July
  • Explorer Club Expedition Grants Applicant must be interested in advancing scientific knowledge. Undergraduate level. Awards of $500 - $1,500. Application Deadline: March

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Diversity Scholarships

African Americans

  • NAACP Scholarships for students of color who are members or would like to become a member of NAACP. Please visit the NAACP website for more information. Application Deadline: Varies
  • Teacher Quest Scholarship Open to minority students who have been admitted to a teacher education program and plan to enter the teaching profession. Please visit the Brown Foundation website. Applications are closed for 2013-2014 year
  • United Negro College Fund Scholarships for students of color in variety of majors. Please visit the UNCF website for more information. Application Deadline: Varies

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Native Americans

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Asian Americans

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Hispanic and Latino/a Americans

Heritage

  • Harriet Irsay Scholarship Preference given to American students of Polish heritage, open to certain majors only . Undergraduate/Graduate levels. Awards of $1,000. Application deadline: July

  • The National Italian American Foundation For Italian Americans students who demonstrate outstanding potential and high academic achievements. Scholarship awards range from $2,000-$12,000 and are awarded to undergraduate, graduate, post-graduate, medical, dental, and legal students. Students must either be members of NIAF or have a parent or guardian who is a member of NIAF. Applications for scholarships for the 2013-2014 academic year are currently closed

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LGBTQ

  • 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. Application Deadline: Varies

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Minority Scholarships

  • Gates Millennium Scholarship Open to African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American or Hispanic American who are a citizen, national or legal permanent resident of the United States and receive the Pell Grant. For more information please visit the GMS website. Application deadline: January
  • The Marion Wright Edelman Scholarship (for a person of minority background) The candidate chosen will demonstrate: o A history of commitment to the creation of a just and peaceful world. o Ability to follow through with projects which work with and toward world community. o Concrete evidence that others will benefit from the experience of the scholarship winner. Amount awarded is $1000. Application Deadline: Varies

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Disability

  • Mobility International USA For students with disabilities. Undergraduate/Graduate levels. Amount given depends on award. Application deadline varies

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Women

  • Scholarships for Women Scholarships, grants and internships information for women during their undergraduate and graduate levels. Please visit scholarships website. Application Deadline: Varies

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Military

  • The Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program (Yellow Ribbon Program) is a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. This program allows institutions of higher learning (degree granting institutions) in the United States to voluntarily enter into an agreement with VA to fund tuition expenses that exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition rate.  The Post-9/11 GI Bill pays up to the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition.  Sacred Heart University is part of the Yellow Ribbon Program. Application Deadline: Varies

For further information about SHU, the Yellow Ribbon program, and veterans support services you may contact Jon De Benedictis in SHU University College.  For further information about the GI Bill and your financial aid pyou may contact Daria Corey in Financial Aid.

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General Scholarships

  • Glimpse Scholarship The Glimpse Correspondents Program provides talented writers and photographers with a $600 stipend as well as one on one editorial training and support to complete an independent journalistic work based on their experience abroad.

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Scholarship Databases

  • FastWeb A general scholarship search engine. For more information please visit the FastWeb website. Application Deadline: Varies
  • College Board A general scholarship search engine. For more information please visit the College Board website. Application Deadline: Varies

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Scholarships for Other International Opportunities

  • Laura W. Bush Traveling Fellowship The fellowship will help fund a proposal designed by the applicant to conduct brief work in a foreign country related to the mandate of UNESCO - using education, natural sciences, social and human sciences, culture and/or communication and information to build strong ties among nations. The fellowship is intended for American college/university students who express an interest in international collaboration but as of yet had not been afforded many opportunities to travel abroad. The length of time for the travel is expected to be between 4 and 6 weeks and should include interactions with individuals from other nations. Application deadlines: Fall 2013 (For Projects Conducted in the Winter/Spring of 2014): Monday, September 23, 2013 Spring 2014 (For Projects Conducted in the Summer/Fall of 2014): Monday, February 24, 2014
  • Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowships multi-year program also for women and members of minorities underrepresented in foreign service. Open to US citizens. A foreign service commitment is required. Application deadline: February of Sophomore year
  • Rotary Ambassadorial and World Peace Scholarships fund study and language training abroad for undergraduates and masters degrees for graduate students in international studies, peace studies, and conflict resolution to be completed at one of seven Rotary Centers. Ambassadorial grants from $11000 to $24000 depending on duration of study.
  • Institute for International Public Policy Fellowships is a five year program with study abroad component to prepare underrepresented minority undergrads for careers in international affairs. Open to US citizens or permanent residents who apply sophomore year. Application Deadline: Must apply by Sophomore Year
  • The Pickering Undergraduate Fellowship selects undergraduate students in their junior year. The program provides funding to participants as they are prepared academically and professionally to enter the United States Department of State Foreign Service. Awards up to 40,000. Application Deadline: February

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Additional Resources

• Financial Aid Scholarships

• Department of Education

• College Board

• Financial Aid for Study Abroad

• Scholarships.com

• StudyAbroad.com

• http://www.studyabroadfunding.org

• Diversity Abroad's Diversity Resource Search Engine

• Financial Aid for Study Abroad: An Undergraduate Student's Resource

• Guide to funding, financial aid, and fellowships

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