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 is meant to serve ArtCenter students who need additional assistance in order to participate in the College’s exchange and study away programs. The goal of these travel stipends 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.

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

Deadlines
Monday of Week 9 (every term) at 1:00 PM

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.

The Exchange and Study Away (ESA) office will make stipend award announcements approximately one month after the application deadline.

Eligibility and Application Requirements
  • A 400-600 word essay explaining your current needs, how your background and identity influenced your decision to study away, and how your participation will improve the representation of diverse viewpoints on study away programs. It is highly recommended that you meet with the Exchange and Study Away office and Writing Center when writing your essay.
  • Must be in good standing with a minimum GPA of 2.5 at the time of application.
  • Please note, these funds cannot be applied to the Pensole Program.
Expectations Upon Return
  • Sharing 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.
Selection Criteria and Process
  • Stipends will be awarded based on students’ essays, level of financial need and diversity criteria.
  • The Exchange and Study Away (ESA) office will screen applicants to ensure they have a complete application. Eligible applicants will be reviewed and ranked by the faculty/staff review committee.
  • The ESA office will make stipend award announcements approximately two weeks after the application deadline.
  • Please note, these funds cannot be applied to the Pensole Program.
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.

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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.

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

Denhart Family Sustainability Scholarship Prize – 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. The 2017 application deadline is Thursday, December 21 at 5:00 pm (Break Week 1).

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).

Global Studies Foundation – Scholarship awards for foreign language training and other academic studies abroad.

  • 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.