Affordability is often the number one concern of students interested in studying away, yet many students do not know how much financial support is available to them. Below you will find information on scholarships and other fundraising ideas.

Study Away Scholarships

Students planning to study abroad are encouraged to apply for scholarships early. Please find a list of scholarship resources below. You may also inquire about scholarship opportunities with the Exchange and Study Away office or the Financial Aid Office. You are welcome to make an appointment with the Exchange and Study Away office if you have general questions about your scholarship application and would like some assistance.

PLEASE NOTE: The scholarship resources provided at the bottom of the page is not an exhaustive list. All deadlines, eligibility requirements, application materials and submission instructions listed on this page are maintained by the organization sponsoring the program.

Scholarship Resources

Purpose
The Diversity and Access Travel Stipend Award (DATSA) is a planning scholarship available to students who have traditionally been under-represented in study abroad. The goal of the travel stipend is to make study away opportunities more accessible to a broader group of students by easing the financial barrier, as well as to increase representation of diverse viewpoints in study away programs.

Traditionally under-represented students in study abroad include, but are not limited to individuals who identify with a certain race, color, sex, ethnicity, religion, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, ability/disability, age, or veteran status. The award is also available to first generation college students, students from low-income families, and students with a history of overcoming adversity.

Award Amount
Up to ten awards of $1,000 each will be given to eligible students per term.

Eligibility
Must be a current ArtCenter student.
Open to U.S. and international students.
Must be in good standing with a minimum GPA of 2.5 at the time of application.
Must not have been awarded the DATSA previously.
Please note, these funds cannot be applied to the PENSOLE Program.

Application Requirement
Please submit a 400-600 word essay addressing the following: Describe any challenges you have faced personally, financially or academically that you have had to overcome. How did you meet these challenges and what impact do you foresee them having on your experience abroad? How might study abroad assist you in achieving your goals (academic, professional, personal)? And how would this scholarship impact your funding plans for study away?

Application Deadline
Monday of Week 9 at 1:00 PM

Expectations Upon Return
It is expected that upon return from your program, you will share back to the ArtCenter community about your study away experience by participating in future study away fairs and events, including written and visual documentation of your study away experience.

Terms and Conditions

  • Travel stipends may be applied to any exchange or study away program to which you are or will be accepted to during your degree program. Stipends cannot be applied to a program that has already begun or has completed.
  • Must receive acceptance into a credit-bearing ArtCenter sponsored study away program. (Non-eligible programs include: individualized study abroad programs, independent studies, international conferences, research travel not required by the course, or sponsored programs that do not have a program fee and/or associated travel costs.)
  • Students who withdraw from the program will forfeit stipend money for that program, but may be eligible to apply the funds to a future study away program to which they are accepted.  If the stipend has already been disbursed, then the recipient will be required to return the award money to the College.
  • Stipends must be applied to an exchange program or a faculty-led study away program for which there is a required program fee and/or airfare costs and/or housing costs involved to participate that are not already being paid for in full by the College or by other College scholarships/grants specifically awarded to that study away program.
  • Students may receive the Diversity and Access Travel Stipend Award only one time during their degree program.

Application

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Benjamin Gilman Scholarship – Award amounts of up to $5,000 for students receiving Pell Grant. Nearly 3,000 scholarships are awarded annually! Study abroad program must be a minimum of four weeks (28 days). Must be a U.S. citizen to apply. Deadlines are in March for Summer and Fall programs; October for Spring programs.

Fund for Education Abroad – Award amounts of up to $5,000. Study abroad program must be a minimum of four weeks (30 days). Must be U.S. citizens, permanent residents or DACA students to apply. January deadline for all Summer, Fall and Spring programs.

Diversity Abroad Overseas Ambassador Scholarship – Award amounts of up to $500. Study abroad program must be one full term. No citizenship status requirements.

Wander Pigs Study Abroad Scholarship – Award amount of $500 (or £500 if UK based). You must be a full time student and have applied or been accepted to an ArtCenter study abroad program. Applications due by May 17, 2018.

GoOverSeas Scholarships – Scholarships ranging in amounts of $500-$15,000. Deadlines and eligibility requirements vary. Contest open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents.

The Bill Raskob Foundation – Offers a variety of scholarships and loans. Award amounts and deadlines vary.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund – Offers a variety of scholarships to students of Hispanic heritage. Must be U.S. citizens, permanent residents or DACA students to apply. Award amounts and deadlines vary.

Asia Pacific Fund – Offers a variety of scholarships to students of Asian heritage. Citizenship status requirements, award amounts and deadlines vary.

Asia and Pacific Islander American Scholarships – Offers a variety of scholarships with award amounts of up to $5,000. Ethnic heritage requirements, citizenship status requirements, award amounts and deadlines vary.

NAACP/UNCF Scholarships – Offers a variety of scholarships of various award amounts. Racial/ethnic heritage requirements, citizenship status requirements, award amounts and deadlines vary.

National Italian American Foundation – Scholarship awards of up to $12,000 to students of Italian heritage. Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. March deadline.

Point Foundation – Scholarship awards of various amounts designated for members of the LGBTQ community. No citizenship status requirements.

Nitro Scholarships – Database displaying 50+ scholarship opportunities for Asian-American students. Students can search by their field of study, the award amount, and whether the scholarship is need-based.

Fulbright – Grants for recent graduates, master’s candidates and young professionals.

The Denhart Family Sustainability Prize Scholarship is awarded annually to three students: 1st place $15,000, 2nd place $10,000 and 3rd place $5,000. ArtCenter students from all undergraduate disciplines with an active enrollment status are eligible to apply. Look for an email announcing the next annual application period. For questions, please contact Heidrun Mumper-Drumm or India Dunnington.

American-Scandinavian Foundation – Award amounts of up to $5,000 for students studying in Scandinavian countries (Sweden, Denmark, Norway). Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident to apply. November deadline.

American University in Dubai Clinton Scholarship – Scholarship awards for U.S. citizens studying abroad in the Arab world.

Bridging Scholarships – Scholarship awards of up to $2,500 for U.S. citizens studying abroad in Japan.

DAAD Scholarships – Monthly stipend of €650 awarded for study abroad in Germany. Must be studying abroad for a minimum of four months. No citizenship status requirements.

Freeman-Asia Scholarship – Award amounts of up to $5,000 for students studying abroad in Asia. Must be U.S. citizen or permanent resident to apply.

Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho) Scholarships – Scholarship awards of various amounts for students studying abroad in Japan.

LIVFund Scholarship – Scholarship awards of $500 for students studying abroad in Latin America.

Toshizo Watanabe Endowed Scholarship – Scholarships awarded to American undergraduate students who are pursuing international study in Japan. This scholarship will support up to the full cost of attendance to the study abroad program of the recipient’s choice.

Turkish Coalition of America – Scholarship awards for U.S. citizens or permanent residents studying abroad in Turkey, the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, or Bosnia and Herzegovina.

A list of other country- and region-specific scholarships and advising materials can be found online on the U.S. State Department’s USAStudyAbroad website.

Blakemore Foundation – Scholarship awards for advanced study of Asian languages.

Boren Scholarships – Scholarship awards for study of “critical need” languages.

Critical Language Scholarships – Scholarship awards for study of “critical need” languages (summer study).

  • Research additional outside scholarships by visiting the Financial Aid office’s Outside Scholarship Information webpage
  • Research additional scholarship opportunities through the following:
    • National Chapters of Honor Societies or fraternities/sororities
    • Church or other religious organizations
    • Organizations related to your heritage
    • Parent’s company or their organizational affiliations
    • Government website for the country you will be going to
  • If you are participating in an Individualized Study Away program, check with your program provider or host institution to see what scholarships they offer
  • You may also wish to consider raising money using crowd-funding websites such as FundMyTravel or GoFundMe
  • Consider subletting your room or apartment while you’re away, suspend your cell phone service if you won’t be using it while abroad, and put your car insurance on hold while you’re out of the country.