#MoneyMonday-Hispanic Scholarship Fund

The Hispanic Scholarship Fund has a mission to "empower Latino families with the knowledge and resources to successfully complete a higher education, while providing scholarships and support services to as many exceptional Hispanic American students as possible." 

In an article written here, YSA Founder, notes that only 7.6% of study abroad students are Hispanic and we're here to change that. Let's increase that number.

HSF has a need based scholarship for Hispanic students that can range from $500 to $5,000. The following students can apply:

  • Graduating High School Seniors

  • Community College Transfer Students

  • Undergraduate Students

  • Graduate Students

Application opens January 1st and the deadline for application submission is March 2017. ¡Buena suerte!

#MoneyMonday- Fund for Education Abroad

This just might be the Holy Grail of scholarships. Before we go into any other details, let's just note that the maximum award you can get is $10,000 for an academic year. That's A LOT of assistance compared to other scholarships, so you just might want to put this as your number one priority on my list of applications.

The Fund for Education Abroad highly encourages submissions from the following groups:

  • Minority students
  • First-generation college students
  • Community college students
  • Students with disabilities
  • Student Athletes
  • Veterans
  • Returning learners

Applicants must be a US citizen or permanent resident and enrolled in a university. Trips must be eligible for college credit and you must study abroad for at least 30 days.

In addition, there are a host of dedicated scholarships like the Athletes Abroad Scholarship or the DC Area Scholarship. There are a total of eight dedicated scholarships, so get in where you fit in!

American Association of University Women Fellowships and Grants

This one's for the ladies!

Calling all ladies in grad school! If you're interested in studying abroad The American Association of University Women Fellowships and Grants is for you. Awards vary from $2,000 to $30,000 and requirements differ between opportunities. Be sure to thoroughly look through the opportunities available and apply to all that you qualify for. Good luck!




#MoneyMonday- FAFSA Reminder


This week’s #MoneyMonday is a simple reminder to complete your FAFSA application which can open the door to many federal grants that can assist you in covering your expenses abroad.

The financial aid application opened earlier than normal for the upcoming school year, so take the time NOW to go ahead and get your application submitted.

Cool Feature: You can now link directly to the IRS to pull in you and your parent’s information from last year’s filing.

Don’t hesitate or procrastinate. The #1 tip to filing out your FAFSA according to Time is to file early!

#MoneyMonday- Japan Bridging Scholarships


The deadline for the application is October 10th if you are planning to study during the spring semester of 2017.

Applicants must US citizens and be enrolled as undergraduates in a college or university in the US. Your program must be at least 3 months long to qualify and upon your return back to the states scholarship recipients are expected to send in a brief report on their study abroad experience.

Winners of this scholarship are awarded a stipend of $2500 for a semester-long program or $4000 for an academic year program. 

#MoneyMonday- Tortuga Backpacks Scholarship

Tortuga Backpacks is a company that sells carry-on sized, travel backpacks perfect for your international excursions. In addition to their backpacks, Tortuga also awards a study abroad scholarship biannually to students enrolled in a full-time undergraduate program. Winners of this scholarship will receive a $1000 award and a Tortuga backpacks.

Application deadline is December 20, 2016. 

#MoneyMonday- Boren Scholarship Basics

This week's scholarship differs from others by supporting those taking the road less traveled. It excludes countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. So no leaning on Pisa for you! As stated on the site, "This is a unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East." 

Don't turn your back on these destinations as they are sure to grant you tremdendous personal growth and I promise they are not lacking in culture and life changing experiences. 

Another reason to not check out just yet, look at these award amounts:

  • $8,000 for a summer program (special initiative for STEM students only; 8 weeks minimum)
  • $10,000 for a semester
  • $20,000 for 6 - 12 months

No need to say more. Application deadline is February 9, 2017.

#MoneyMonday- Go Overseas

Go Overseas has an awesome scholarship for those attending an American institution that would like to study or intern abroad. The recipient of this scholarship will receive $500 to apply to their program fees, but don't fret if you have not be accepted into a program yet, you can still apply! To learn more about this opportunity and apply click the link below.

Side note: The application for this award is unique in that it asks for an original photo describing why you want to study abroad and a 250-word essay to complement it. Needless to say, PUT YOUR ALL INTO IT! Be as creative and unique as possible, but clear and concise at the same time. Enlist your fellow creative friends to assist you. You want to make sure you stand out above all of the candidates that will be applying across the country. (Hashtag- Show me my opponent).

#MoneyMonday- API Study Abroad Scholarships

API Study Abroad is a third party program that hosts students in up 24 countries. They offer opportunities to study in varies fields, intern and volunteer throughout the world. To qualify for API scholarships you must apply and be accepted into one of their programs. So, first investigate whether API has a program that fits your needs. 

Choosing the Right Study Abroad Program for You

If API is the program from you, they have a host of scholarships and it is encouraged that you to apply for as many as you qualify for. From scholarships for students studying in STEM to first generation college students, there is a great chance for you to score with API!

#MoneyMonday- Diversity Network Summer Scholarship

Do you attend one of these universities?? If so, there may be a $1000 with your name on it!

The Diversity Network (formerly Diversity Abroad) has a mission to advance diversity and inclusive good practices that increase access, achieve greater diversity and foster inclusive excellence in international education. They have a summer scholarship award to assist students with the cost to attend a study abroad program.

Eligibility requirements are as follows:

  • Attend a member institution

  • Have a minimum of a 2.75 cumulative GPA

  • Be willing to share their experiences abroad with the DiversityAbroad.com community via article, student story, and country guide submissions and participate in the DiversityAbroad.com community

To apply, you'll need to complete an online application, submit some required documents, and submit a video essay (which means it's time to get creative!!). 

Good luck!



#MoneyMonday-Fulbright U.S. Student Program

This week's #MoneyMonday points you to a program that provides grants individually designed study/research projects or English Teaching Assistant Programs. 

Recipients of a Fulbright Grant work, live and learn from the people of their host country through daily experiences. Applicants range from recent graduates, master's and doctoral candidates, and young professionals with up to five years of work experience in the fields of creative arts, journalism, business, law and other professions. 

Location: East Asia Pacific, Europe & Eurasia, Middle East & North Africa, South & Central Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, Western Hemisphere.

There are five different grants that applicants can apply for with a submission deadline of October 11, 2016, 5:00 pm Eastern Time. 

Don't wait! Put your bid in now!

#MoneyMonday- The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies or credit-bearing, career-oriented internships abroad. Such international exchange is intended to better prepare U.S. students to assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world.

To qualify for this scholarship you must be a Pell Grant recipient accepted into or applying for a study abroad program or internship eligible for credit by the student's accredited institution of higher education in the U.S that is at least four weeks (28 days) in one country - or two weeks (14 days) for current community college students - and no more than one academic year. The host country cannot be a country listed on the government's Travel Warning list.