Study Abroad Scholarship Opportunities
Students wishing to study abroad have a range of options for funding, from Fredonia scholarships to private scholarships to scholarships administered by the US and international governments. Please use this website to explore funding opportunities available to students, but know that this is by no means an exhaustive list. Use the links below to navigate the page:
Fredonia students are encouraged to apply for scholarships through the Office of International Education, regardless of the study abroad program they intend to participate in. Awards range from $350 - $2,600 and are awarded based on major, financial need, and goals for study abroad. Students should read the eligibility requirements for each scholarship carefully, and submit the following materials to the Office of International Education:
- Study Abroad Scholarship Application Form
- Personal Statement
- Official Transcripts
Spring/J-Term: November 2
Fall/Summer: March 30
Students need only submit one completed application packet, no matter how many scholarships they intend to apply for.
Two awards up to $350/term.
Scholarships are awarded to a Fredonia student planning to study abroad in a short-term program.
Eligibility Requirements: All students applying for short-term study abroad programs are eligible. Preference is given to students with demonstrated financial need.
Deming International Scholarship
Two awards up to $225/semester or one up to $450/academic year.
Eligibility Requirements: All students applying for semester or academic year study abroad programs are eligible. Preference given to students enrolled in a year long program.
Ann James Manly Endowment
Four awards up to $2,600/semester.
Eligibility Requirements: Students applying for semester or academic year study abroad programs who can demonstrate financial need and are enrolled full time in good academic standing are eligible.
Debbie A. Joy Endowment
Eligibility Requirements: Female Computer Science majors studying abroad for a semester.
Debbie Joy joined Computer Sciences Corporation as Lead Solution Architect in February 2005, serving as Solution Executive for the large global accounts. In this role, she provides leadership in determining the global strategic direction for the use of technology and architecture to enable key business initiatives for Fortune 100 companies. In her 30-year career, she has filled roles of increasing responsibility, beginning as a software engineer for a major hospitality chain, then moving into technology leadership roles for both Fortune 500 and start-up tech companies, including DEC, Unisys and Netigy. She has extensive international experience, having worked in both Asia and Europe for over 10 years. Debbie is a founder and Past President of the Phoenix Chapter of the Alliance of Technology and Women, a non-profit supporting women and men worldwide in executive roles and encouraging women and girls to enter technology fields. She earned a bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Fredonia and has been an IEEE Communication Society member for over 10 years. She lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her husband, Jerry Abrahamson, and their dog Harley. Debbie enjoys reading, gourmet cooking and gardening. Her mother, Bernice Joy, is a 1953 alumna of the College at Fredonia.
Graham E. Andrus Memorial Scholarship
Eligibility Requirements: Open to all majors. Students should have a strong and demonstrated interest in study abroad and international studies, with a minimum GPA of 3.00, and Junior or Senior Class status. Students’ studies and career plans should be such that they will benefit from studying abroad. While not a requirement for eligibility, consideration will be given to awarding scholarships to students with demonstrated financial need. The recipient must be enrolled full time during the academic year in which the scholarship is awarded.
Graham E. Andrus graduated from Fredonia in May 2010 with a degree in history, focusing on Global Studies. In the Fall of 2010 he re-entered Fredonia as a second baccalaureate student in International Studies focusing on Developing Nations with a minor in Political Science. Graham died on August 13, 2011 while working as a camp counselor at Camp Whitman on Seneca Lake. His goal was to study abroad and experience life in another country. This scholarship is to help students to fulfill Graham’s dream.
Thomas Andrus and Karen Andrus, parents of Graham, created this legacy in their beloved son’s name, with the hope that his life focus on fostering world peace through building strong international relationships and collaboration among countries and their peoples would be achieved by students of his Alma Mater for generations to come.
Diversity Abroad Honors Scholarship Program
One award of $2,000/semester.
Eligibility Requirements: Juniors and Seniors with a minimum GPA of 3.25 who intend to participate in long-term (semester or academic year) study abroad. Applicants must be residents of New York State. Students from diverse backgrounds are highly encouraged to apply.
One student will be nominated by the Office of International Education to receive the award. Students will also receive an additional $1,000 in funding from the Office of International Education and/or Financial Aid. Recipients are required to submit a program report and act as a Study Abroad Ambassador following their study abroad experience.
Students interested in applying must submit the following application materials to the Office of International Education:
- Completed DAHSP Application
- One Faculty Reference Form
- Statement of Purpose Essay
- Official Transcripts
Spring/Winter: September 30
Fall/Summer: February 24
The US government, as well as other foreign governments, offer students wishing to study abroad opportunities to apply for funding. Students are strongly encouraged to meet with the Office of International Education if they wish to apply for governmental scholarships. In many cases, the Office of International Education offers workshops or webinars on how to apply to these scholarships.
The Benjamin A. Gilman scholarship program awards students studying abroad for a semester, summer, or academic year. The program, which awards up to $5,000 to each student, is meant especially for students with limited financial means and aims to diversify study abroad. To be eligible, students must receive the Federal Pell Grant, be a US citizen, and be accepted to/applying for study in a country that is not on the US State Department Travel Warning List. Students wishing to study a critical need language can win an additional $3,000 to support language study.
Spring /Early Summer - Early October
Academic Year /Fall / Regular Summer - Early March
As part of the Generation Study Abroad initiative, IIE awards $2,000 travel grants to students who may not have otherwise participated in a study abroad experience. Student recipients will usual demonstrate financial need, status as a first generation college student or underrepresented student, and a lack of prior travel experience. Upon completion of their program abroad, students begome Generation Study Abroad Ambassadors and share their international experiences with their home communities.
Spring/Early Summer - Early October
Fall/Summer - Early March
Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA) provides scholarships for U.S. undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia. The program’s goal is to increase the number of U.S. citizens and permanent residents with first-hand exposure to and understanding of Asia and its peoples and cultures.
Spring - early October
Academic Year/Fall /Summer - early March
The Boren scholarship program offers scholarships to students interested in international academic areas as well as language study. This program supports study of languages and cultures that may not have been emphasized in the past but are deemed crucial to national security. U.S. citizens that are enrolled in an academic institution at the time of application and are planning on finishing their study abroad before they graduate are eligible.
Scholarships are administered by foreign governments and outside organizations to help support students who wish to study overseas. Private scholarships can be for students in specific majors or those wishing to study in certain regions of the world. Use the resources below to explore private means of funding study abroad scholarships.
Scott's Cheap Flights offers students the opportunity to win $1,000 scholarships to support their experiences abroad. To be eligible for the award, students must be a US citizen or permanent resident enrolled in a college or university. In addition to a short essay, students will be asked to send information on their study abroad program. Applications are due in March and October.
The Foundation for Global Scholars focuses on funding students that intend to use their study abroad experience to make an impact at home. The foundation is currently accepting scholarships for the Globally Remarkable Intentional Talent (GRIT) program, with an application deadline in February.
FEA scholarships give students funding for academic year, semester, or short term study programs. Applicants from groups underrepresented in study abroad and those destined for non-traditional locations are given preference, in an effort to make the demographics of U.S. undergraduates studying abroad reflect the rich diversity of the U.S. population. Applications for the 2018-2019 academic year are due in January.
Japan-US Friendship Commission, an independent federal agency promoting mutual understanding between the United States and Japan, in an effort to highlight public/ private partnerships and to promote study abroad in Japan by American undergraduates, initiated the Bridging Project scholarship program and established the US-Japan Bridging Foundation to accept contributions.
Spring - Early October
Academic Year/Fall - Early April
BUTEX awards students studying in the United Kingdom at partner institutions £500 for their study period. Awards are not administered until students arrive at their host university. To apply, students either design a poster promoting study abroad or write a 250 word essay on "5 Things I Wouldn't Study Abroad Without." The deadline for the upcoming academic year is usually in mid-June.
The purpose of the DAAD is to support students wishing to study abroad in Germany. Students are able to fund study, thesis research, or internships for a 4 - 10 month period. Students must be at least in their third year of study at their home institution, but do not need to have German language proficiency. Recipients are awarded a monthly stipend of €650. The application deadline for the upcoming academic year is January 31.
The Whitaker Program supports biomedical engineers (and bioengineers), from graduating seniors through post-doctorates, in conducting high-quality research or study overseas.