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Scholarship Opportunities for U.S. Students

Scholarship Opportunities for US students

There are many opportunities available to qualified undergraduate students who are serious about putting significant time and effort into completing a competitive applications and essays to help fund their international cross-cultural learning. International students, graduate students, scholars, and faculty may find resources on study abroad funding through the Institute for International Education.

EMU Alumni & Friends Intercultural Scholarship 

This scholarship supports students with high financial need to pay for their preferred off-campus intercultural travel-based experience. Eligible students must:

  • Be a full time EMU undergraduate student
  • Have applied for an EMU-sponsored intercultural program
  • Be Pell Grant eligible (check eligibility with Financial Assistance)
  • Have not completed the core intercultural experience requirement

Alumni & Friends Scholarship Application

WCSC Scholarships for fall or spring semester students

EMU students who have unmet financial need are eligible. Priority is given to students of color and commuter students for whom it would be an added financial challenge to come to the WCSC because of room and board costs. Awards are $1000. Learn more about these scholarship opportunities. 


Other Scholarships for international study

Study Abroad Scholarship Sources

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The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program offers awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding and participating in a for-credit cross-cultural program of any length in any country except Cuba or a country on the U.S. Department of State’s current Travel Warning list. October 5 and March 1 are deadlines for spring and fall semesters. The summer application deadline is March 7. Most awards are around $4,000 for the semester.


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David L. 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 identify how their study abroad programs or overseas projects, 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. Awards are for up to one academic year. Boren Scholars demonstrate their merit for an award of up to $20,000 in part by committing to work for the U.S. Government for at least 1 year.

Fund for Education Abroad

The Fund for Education Abroad offers general scholarships for U.S.undergraduates who plan to study abroad for at least four weeks during the academic year or a summer term. Up to $5,000 may be awarded for a semester program and a summer award is calculated at a proportionate amount. The application cycle opens in November for the following academic year, beginning with summer programs. The application deadline is in January. FEA strongly encourages students to apply who represent a group that is traditionally underrepresented in education abroad. Those groups include, but are not limited to:
Minority students
First-generation college students
Community college students
Students with disabilities
Student Athletes
Returning learners


As a benefit to clients or their dependents, Everence offers 42 scholarships each academic year, ranging from $750-$2,000. Successful candidates demonstrate excellence in academic scholarship as well as volunteerism and leadership contributions to their school or community. Applications for the coming academic year will be available in November. For more information, visit the Everence scholarship page.

Go Overseas Study & Intern Abroad Scholarship

Go Overseas offers a bi-annual scholarship to Undergrad and graduate students who are planning on studying or interning abroad. Applicants must submit a photo essay and quick survey to enter. The award of $500, to go to any part of your study or intern abroad trip, is given to the most creative entrant.

Western Union Foundation

The Western Union Foundation Global Scholarship Program (WU Scholars) is a program designed to support young people across the world and their efforts to pursue a post-secondary education. Selected scholarship recipients will receive USD $2,500 each to contribute toward tuition or school fees at an accredited post-secondary institution and will be selected based on criteria relating to the program’s three pillars: Perseverance, Aspiration, and Community. To be eligible, students must be seeking an undergraduate degree in one of the following categories: science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and business/entrepreneurship.

Fulbright ScholarsThe Fulbright Program is the U.S. Government’s flagship international exchange program for students planning on overseas study and research after graduation. If you are a U.S. citizen who will have a bachelor’s degree by the beginning date of the grant and you are thinking of studying, assistant-teaching English, or conducting research abroad, you could be one of more than 1,500 students who receive a Fulbright U.S. Student grant each year to go overseas. Application deadline is the end of September/October and should be started at least two months in advance. Visit the Fulbright website for detailed information on eligibility, awards available, and application components.

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