Dedicate some time and effort to finding the scholarship opportunities that are available to you. Think about your network. Scholarships can come from many outside sources and can be associated with an organization you or your parents belong to or from a foundation or a place of employment. In most cases these funds are offered to help you with your studies, and your SJSU study abroad experience is part of that journey. Look for scholarships and aid given by outside agencies such as:
- Labor unions
- Service groups like Rotary, Lions, Kiwanis, E.O., Zonta, Soroptomist, etc.
- Community interactions (bank, credit union, grocery store, department store, coffee house)
- Parent’s place of employment
- Professional organizations in your major, i.e. “Society of Women Engineers”
- Local city or county library for scholarship books
- National, state, and local foundations
Here are a few organizational scholarships to get you started:
|Scholarships & Eligibility||Deadlines||Amount|
|Freeman Awards for Study in Asia
Eligibility: Undergraduate; 2.8 GPA; receive need-based financial aid; Studying in East or Southeast Asia w/ intensive language program
|up to $7,000|
|County of Santa Clara / Florence, Italy Sister County Commission Scholarship
Eligibility: Studying abroad in Florence, Italy; upper division undergraduate standing; 3.0 GPA; Resident of Santa Clara County for at least 6 months
|Go Overseas Scholarships
Eligibility: Varies greatly by Scholarship
|Japan Student Services Org. (JASSO) Scholarship
Eligibility: Students accepted by a Japanese University. Application process will vary by university. Contact SJSU's study abroad office for more details.
|Varies||a monthly stipend of up to ¥80,000|
Eligibility: Undergraduate; Studying in Japan; other requirements apply
|up to $4,000|
|WSA Cultural Bridge Scholarship
Eligibility: Studying in Europe; 3.0 GPA; based on financial need, merit, and passion
Eligibility: You do NOT need to be a member of Phi Kappa Phi to apply, undergraduate, GPA of at least 3.75
Eligibility: accepted to study abroad in the UK for at least a semester, review other requirements on their website
|June 15th (all semesters)||£500|
|Scott's Cheap Flights Study Abroad Scholarship
Eligibility: open to U.S. citizens or Permanent Residents
Oct. 15th (Fall)
|International Student: Travel Video Contest
Eligibility: Currently studying abroad or if not currently abroad describe your proposed study abroad
Eligibility: Accepted or applying to a semester / academic year program in Italy
Eligibility: Applying for or accepted into a SJSU study abroad program.
Eligibility: American or Japanese citizen accepted into a study abroad program in Japan.
|Spring||All program expenses|
Eligibility: An online portal for study abroad opportunities with varying eligibility requirements.
Online Scholarship Search Engines
Also be sure to fully utilize internet resources for finding scholarships for study abroad. Every year thousands of dollars of scholarship money go unused simply because students do not apply. Make sure to do your research to help make your experience as affordable as possible. There are several scholarship search engines that students can search through to find scholarships they are specifically eligible for:
- Study Abroad Funding—Database of study abroad scholarships
- StudyAbroad.com Scholarships
- Financial Aid Search Through the WEB (FastWeb)
- College Board Fund Finder
- We Make Scholars - study abroad funding
Keep in mind that scholarships are funds available to help you with the cost of your education and there should not be any cost associated with applying for them. Protect yourself from scholarship scams.
According to the Federal Trade Commission, unscrupulous companies guarantee or promise scholarships, grants or financial aid packages. Many use high-pressure sales pitches at seminars where you’re required to pay immediately or risk losing out. Some unscrupulous companies guarantee that they can get scholarships on behalf of students or award them “scholarships” in exchange for an advance fee.
The FTC cautions students to look and listen for these lines as signs of possible scams:
“The scholarship is guaranteed or your money back.”
“Youcan’tget this information anywhere else.”
“I just need your credit card or bank account number to hold this scholarship.”
“We’ll do all the work.”
“The scholarship will cost some money.”
“You’vebeen selected” by a “national foundation” to receive a scholarship or
“You’re a finalist” in a contest you never entered.
The FTC works to prevent fraudulent, deceptive and unfair business practices in the marketplace and to provide information to help consumers spot, stop and avoid them. Visit ftc.gov or call toll-free at 1-877-382-4357.