Funding Your Experience
There are many ways to fund your study abroad experience. You can find ways to help reduce the price and still have the adventure of a lifetime.
It is very important to start searching for scholarships early. Plan to apply at least six months before the start of your program.
- General Study Abroad Scholarships
- Running Start Students
- College-Level Scholarships and Grants
- Scholarships for Studying in Spain
- Chinese Government Scholarship (CGS) - Bilateral Program
If you are eligible for financial aid, this can be very helpful towards your trip. Financial aid can help cover your Edmonds Community College tuition and some of the program fees. Several students have been able to study abroad thanks to financial aid.
Where do you start? Here are scholarships that can help turn your study abroad dream into a reality!
The Diversity Abroad Overseas Ambassador Program
The Diversity Abroad Overseas Ambassador Scholarship/Program offers an award to students and recent graduates intending to study, teach, intern abroad in the Fall and Spring semesters! Students awarded this scholarship will have the opportunity to be a Diversity Abroad representative during their study abroad experience. Leadership and promoting positive change is key for this scholarship. Economically disadvantaged students, students with disabilities, first generation students, and students from ethnically and racially backgrounds strongly encouraged to apply.
The Critical Language Scholarship
Sponsored by the U.S. State Department, The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program aims to enhance the number of Americans studying critical languages. Japanese is included in the languages offered through this fully funded, intensive summer program seeking to promote mutual understanding and friendly relations between the U.S. and other countries. Students applying to the CLS Japan Program have a requirement of two years previous study. CLS places value on the ability to tie increased language proficiency to a student’s career.
The Harry S Truman Scholarship
The Harry S Truman Scholarship focuses on students with an interest in government who are seeking international education. This scholarship is intended for students planning to attend graduate school, and continue their education past the undergraduate level. Strong leadership and international skills are key for this scholarship.
The Boren Scholarship
The Boren Scholarship is a government funded scholarship for undergraduate students pursuing the study of languages in regions outside of New Zealand, Australia, western Europe, and Canada . Boren Scholars are required to work for the U.S. government for one year after accepting the scholarship. This scholarship funds students for a summer, semester, or full academic year. The Boren Fellowship is offered for graduate students. Many campuses have a Boren representative to help students with the application process. Find the Boren representative at your institution, or reach out to a representative at an institution near you.
The Japan Society for the Promotion of Sciences Fellowship
The Japan Society for the Promotion of Sciences (JSPS) Fellowship seeks to enhance cooperation in the global scientific field by funding research and supporting researchers. Students majoring in all forms of science, from social sciences to life sciences, are encouraged to apply. This independent institution seeks to advance science in all fields including humanities.
The Blakemore Foundation Language Grant
The Blakemore Foundation Language Grant financially supports students pursuing advanced language study for one academic school year. This scholarship is geared toward students who have completed their undergraduate education, have a minimum of three years of study in their target language, and are seeking advanced language training in Japanese, Chinese, Korean, and select Southeast Asian languages. For those who have already started their career, Blakemore offers summer programs through the Blakemore Refresher Grant.
Bridging Scholarship for Study Abroad in Japan
Bridging Scholarships for Study Abroad in Japan offers semester and year long scholarships for international education at the undergraduate level. This scholarship supports American students pursuing study abroad in Japan through stipends. It is funded through donations from businesses and other organizations.
The Foundation for Asia Pacific Education
The Foundation for Asia Pacific Education offers scholarships to students who are pursuing cultural and academic knowledge within the Asian Pacific region. The foundation aims to encourage global leadership and support students in their professional and individual goals of Asia Pacific knowledge. Students from diverse backgrounds are a focus for this non-profit organization.
The Freeman Asia Awards for Study Abroad in Asia
The Freeman Asia Awards for Study Abroad in Asia offers scholarships to students studying abroad in Southeast Asia and East Asia. Students can be pursuing two-year and four-year degrees from accredited institutions. This scholarship offers funds for semester and summer long programs to American students and permanent residents with financial limitations.
AFS-USA offers two scholarships to high school students to study abroad in Japan in the Fall and Spring. Students should be looking for an immersive cultural experience and comfortable living with a host family. High school students applying for this scholarship should also be in good academic standing at their current institution.
Try to qualitatively apply to as many scholarships as possible -- why not increase your chances? Studying abroad can be your reality! If you were unsure if studying abroad in Japan was possible for you, these top ten scholarship opportunities offer options to make it possible. Check out the Multicultural Student Guide to Study and Travel in Japan for more information.
- Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Abroad (YES Abroad) provides merit-based scholarships to study abroad for an academic year.
- The Congress Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX ) provides merit-based scholarships to high school students, recent vocational graduates and young professionals for an academic year of study in Germany.
- National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) provides merit-based scholarships to learn less-commonly studied foreign languages in summer and academic year immersion programs
- Unlimited Cellular believes that higher education is essential in the professional development of the younger generation and, as such, they've decided to grant them an alternative funding option, by offering them a chance to win a US $1,800.00 scholarship.
Generation Study Abroad Travel Grants
As members of the organization Generation Study Abroad, Edmonds CC students qualify to apply to a variety of scholarships offered. This scholarship program is intended to diversify study abroad and to encourage students to go abroad who would otherwise not participate in an international experience as part of their college education, especially in support of high-achieving, low-income students. The Travel Grants can be used not only for travel to and from the country of study, but also within the region, enabling students to make the most of their international experience.
To be eligible for the IIE Generation Study Abroad Travel Grant Program you must be:
1. U.S. citizen or permanent resident;
2. Enrolled in an undergraduate degree program (associate’s or baccalaureate) at a U.S. college or university that is a Generation Study Abroad Commitment Partner (as of January 1, 2018);
3. Participating in a program abroad for academic credit, including academic study, internship, research, or service-learning during the summer and fall 2018 terms; and
4. Demonstrate financial need.
Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship
The Gilman Scholarship Program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study and intern abroad and the countries and regions where they go by offering awards to U.S. undergraduates who might otherwise not participate due to financial constraints.
More than 2,300 scholarships of up to $5,000 are given to undergraduates who want to study abroad.
There are two components to the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Application:
- Online application which includes uploading official transcripts.
- Online certifications from the applicant’s study abroad and financial aid advisor.
Spring Program Applications are due: October 6
Summer Program Applications are due: March 1
The WCCCSA Scholarships
Generally offered for each study abroad program. Students must have applied to the program to be eligible for a $1,000 scholarship.
Rules of Scholarships:
- Students must have applied to the study abroad program and paid the deposit in order to be eligible to apply for this scholarship.
- Write a 300 word essay on a topics chosen by the WCCCSA program. The essay must be typed and submitted prior Scholarship Committee Chair by determined deadline. Winners will be announced at the orientation.
- Each scholarship recipient must agree to help WCCCSA promote the Study Abroad program after they complete the program. The assignment given to them will require no more than four hours work and will be a project mutually agreed upon by both the award recipient and a WCCCSA campus representative. Projects will include (but not be limited to) tasks such as sharing of photos and personal reflections of their program, help with orientation of the next Program, talking with classes at their school to help promote the program, making a video to help promote study abroad, visiting other nearby campuses to talk about the program, etc.
Find out more about The WCCCSA Scholarships.
Foundation for Global Scholars
This organization offers six different scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $2,500. See which scholarship you may be eligible for and learn how to apply.
College Board is a free online scholarship database customizable to your unique situation as a student
Edmonds CC Foundation
The Foundation awards over 40 scholarships to Edmonds Community College students once each year for tuition, books and fees for the next school year. The amounts and number awarded vary from year to year based on available funding. Typical awards range from $1,000-$4,500.
All students with a 2.5 cumulative GPA or higher who plan to attend Edmonds Community College in the upcoming academic year are eligible to apply, excluding students who will be in Running Start for the duration of the upcoming academic year. The application typically opens in winter quarter and is due in spring quarter.
API Study Abroad
API awards approximately $450,000 in study abroad scholarships annually ranging from $250 -$1,000 per student. To maximize the number of students who benefit from API scholarships, API awards a maximum of $1,000 per student. As such, students who may be eligible for multiple sources of funds from API (e.g., an affiliate scholarship and a Gilman matching award) are advised that the total contribution from API cannot exceed $1,000. Participants may apply for multiple API scholarships (though may only be awarded one) and are encouraged to refer to the list of additional scholarship and funding resources included below.
- Community College Scholarship
- Diversity Scholarship
- First Generation Scholarship
- Regional Scholarships
- STEM Scholarship
All abroad is a database including various scholarships based on location, degree, academics etc. all aimed at helping students study abroad.
CIEE study abroad offers scholarships based on:
You are eligible to apply for the Boren Scholarship if you are:
- A U.S. citizen at the time of application
- A high school graduate, or have earned a GED
- Matriculated in an undergraduate degree program located within the United States accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Boren Scholars must remain matriculated in their undergraduate programs for the duration of the scholarship and may not graduate until the scholarship is complete.
- Applying to a study abroad program that meets home institution standards in a country outside of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand. Boren Scholarships are not for study in the United States.
International Student Study Abroad Scholarship Database
The International Student Study Abroad Center has been designed to provide you with information, resources and assistance for those students who are interested to further their education studying abroad. We offer a program search to locate courses around the world, plus you can learn more about the "study abroad experience" through our study abroad blog.
Fund for Education Abroad Scholarships
Fund for Education Abroad Scholarships abroad scholarships can be applied to programs that are at least 4 weeks and include academic credit. Preference is given to minority students, first-generation college students, community college students, students with disabilities, student athletes, veterans and returning learners.
MacArthur Foundation Fellowships
The MacArthur Fellows Program awards unrestricted fellowships to talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction.
The Freeman-ASIA program is designed to support U.S.-based undergraduates with demonstrated financial need who are planning 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.
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.
Explore the World Travel Scholarships
At HI USA, we think travel should be as much about making a difference in the world as it is about seeing it. That’s why we’ve created Explore the World Travel Scholarships. Recipients receive $2,000 to help finance their international trip that includes an educational or service component. Hostelling International is offering these scholarships exclusively for Washington residents and are open to individuals ages 18-30, who will engage in an educational or service learning component during their trip.
Students wishing to study in Spain will find that there are a great number of scholarship opportunities designed to help them pay for their travel and studies abroad. These scholarship programs are supported by international study abroad organizations, as well as by a select group of American colleges and universities. Students may find that searching for a suitable scholarship for foreign study will be made easier if they focus on a specific field of interest.
Spain is a popular destination for American students wishing to study abroad, and the following scholarships provide only a brief overview of currently available programs.
American Institute for Foreign Study
The American Institute for Foreign Study offers a wide range of partial scholarships for students interested in pursuing their studies in Spain. These programs target a variety of student types, including minorities, women and low-income students. The AIFS International Scholarship awards forty $1,000 scholarships to students demonstrating a history of high academic achievement. Students must submit an essay on “How Studying Abroad Will Impact My Academic and Personal Growth”. The AIFS Diversity Abroad Achievement Scholarship provides $1,000 for underrepresented or low-income students studying abroad for a single semester. Awards are determined by academic achievement and participation in community service organizations.
International Studies Abroad
International Studies Abroad (ISA) sponsors the Dr. Carlos Castaneda Memorial Scholarships. This program provides financial assistance to students wishing to study abroad in a Spanish-speaking country. Applicants may be studying any approved subject, and may be going for a summer, semester or year program. Awards are based on academic merit and financial need, and range from $1,000 to $2,500.
Spanish Studies Abroad Scholarship Program
The Spanish Studies Abroad Scholarship Program is open to students enrolled in study abroad programs in Spain, Argentina, Cuba, and Puerto Rico. Students may apply for either a merit-based scholarship or a diversity scholarship. Award amounts are determined by the course of study. Four $1,000 scholarships are awarded for full semester courses, and five $500 scholarships are awarded for summer courses.
Application Deadline: March 15, 2019
In order to promote the mutual understanding, cooperation, and exchanges in various fields between China and other countries, the Chinese government set up a series of scholarship programs to sponsor students to study at one of the 289 designated Chinese universities. CGS-Bilateral Program is one of those scholarships which supports undergraduate students, graduate students, general scholars, and senior scholars. Learn More.
- A citizen of a country other than the People’s Republic of China
- Be in good health
- High school graduate under the age of 25 for undergraduate programs
- Bachelor’s degree holder under 35 for master’s programs