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Where Are They Now: Liana Cramer

Where have you been in the world since your last API program? The three incredible summers I spent with API in Granada, Salamanca, and Paris set me up for a college career defined by travel. During my junior year, I returned to France to study at the Political Science Institute of Paris, during which time [...]

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API Study Abroad Scholarships

API awards approximately $400,000 in study abroad scholarships annually ranging from $250 -$1,000 per student. Students 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.

API Regional Scholarship

  • Asia/Middle East Regional Scholarship
  • Europe Regional Scholarship
  • Latin America Regional Scholarship

The API regional scholarships provide awards that range from $250 to $800 per session. All API students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher are encouraged to apply. The scholarship is both need and merit-based. We will review your academic record, essays and financial need as stated in your own words. This scholarship is offered to quarter/semester, academic year, and summer students.

Download the application here.

Regional Scholarship Application Deadlines:

  • FALL/YEAR: June 10
  • SPRING SEMESTER / WINTER QUARTER PROGRAMS: October 15
  • SPRING QUARTER: December 15
  • SUMMER: April 1

API First Generation Scholarship

API is pleased to support students who are the first in their families to attend a college or university. The First Generation Scholarship award ranges from $250 to $750 per session and is available for academic year, quarter/semester, and summer students.

In order to be eligible to apply, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher
  • Be a first-generation college student (i.e., parents and grandparents did not attend a college or university).
  • Show financial need.

Download the application here.

Scholarship Application Deadlines

  • FALL/YEAR: June 10
  • SPRING SEMESTER / WINTER QUARTER PROGRAMS: October 15
  • SPRING QUARTER: December 15

API STEM Scholarship

The API STEM scholarship is offered for API participants who are studying science, technology, engineering or mathematics. The API STEM Scholarship award ranges from $250 to $750 and is available for academic year, quarter/semester, and summer students.

In order to be eligible to apply, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher.
  • Major in an area classified as a STEM field (science, technology, engineering, or mathematics). Special consideration will be given to students who are taking courses related to their major while abroad.
  • Show financial need.

Download the application here.

Scholarship Application Deadlines

  • FALL/YEAR: June 10
  • SPRING SEMESTER / WINTER QUARTER PROGRAMS: October 15
  • SPRING QUARTER: December 15

API Diversity Scholarship

API is proud to provide a diversity scholarship in order to support students from a variety of backgrounds. The API Diversity Scholarship award ranges from $250 to $750 and is available for academic year, quarter/semester, or summer students.

In order to qualify for this scholarship, students must be one or more of the following: a U.S. military veteran, a non-traditional student (30 years old or older), a student with a disability, a minority student, and/or a LGBTQ student.

Download the application here.

API-JCU Diversity Scholarship

The API-JCU Diversity Scholarship provides one full tuition award per session abroad (fall, spring, summer 1 or summer 2 session) to an outstanding minority student participating in the John Cabot University Program in Rome, Italy.

In order to be eligible to apply, students must meet the following requirements:

  • In the process of applying or have applied to API’s Direct Enrollment Program at John Cabot University in Rome.
  • Black/African-American, Hispanic/Latino, Asian/Asian-American, or Native American.

Download the application here.

API-JCU Early Bird Scholarship

Students who are interested in studying abroad with API at John Cabot University in Rome have the opportunity to earn an “early bird scholarship” in the form of a $200 – $350 program fee deduction, simply by applying to the program in advance of the application deadlines.

In order to qualify for this scholarship, students must submit their application to the API/JCU program according to the following schedule:

  • Summer 1: On or before February 11 – $200 scholarship
  • Summer 2:  On or before February 11 - $200 scholarship
  • Summer 1 & 2:  On or before February 11 - $200 scholarship
  • Fall: On or before February 25 - $350 scholarship
  • Spring:  On or before September 30 - $250 scholarship

Students who attend direct bill schools should speak to their study abroad office about how this scholarship may apply to them.

API-Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Awards

The Gilman Scholarship Program offers awards for undergraduate study abroad and was established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000. This scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs worldwide.

Students participating in an API program who have been awarded a Gilman scholarship will be eligible to receive up to $1,000 in matching contributions from API. To receive this award, Gilman winners should indicate their scholarship details on their financial aid information after acceptance to an API study abroad program. Students who are awarded another API scholarship will receive a total of $1,000 between the scholarship and the Gilman matching award.

For more information on the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, including requirements and deadlines, please visit: http://www.iie.org/en/Programs/Gilman-Scholarship-Program

Additional Scholarship and Funding Resources

In addition to the API scholarships mentioned above, we have assembled a list of outside resources that you may pursue to help finance your study abroad experience. We also recommend that you check with your school’s study abroad office and/or financial aid office in addition to the resources below. Note: This list is not all-inclusive.

Scholarship and Loan Directories

GoAbroad.com - Search scholarships using various criteria. GoAbroad also offers a $500 scholarship for use on any study abroad program.

StudyAbroad.com – Financial aid and scholarship links.

Hispanic Scholarship Search – Scholarship directory for Hispanic students.

African American Scholarships - Directory of scholarships and internship opportunities.

Fund for Education Abroad – Provides information and links to a variety of scholarships.

The College Board - Directory of over 6 billion in scholarships and other aid opportunities.

Collegenet - Search scholarships by your personal profile.

Davis-Putter Scholarship – provides grants to students actively working for peace and justice.

Explorers Club Exploration Fund Grants – Provides grants in support of exploration and field research for those who are just beginning their research careers.

Fast Web - This service provides a free customized list of financial aid sources including private sector scholarships, fellowships, grants, and loans.

The Financial Aid Page – Provides links to scholarship searches and a comprehensive list of financial aid information.

Fullbright – The Fullbright Program funds ventures that aim to increase mutual understanding between the peoples of the United States and other countries, through the exchange of persons, knowledge and skills. Available to recent graduates, post-graduate candidates, and developing professionals.

Clara Carter Higgins Scholarship – These scholarships encourage young men and women who are interested in ecology and offer an opportunity to gain knowledge and experience beyond the regular course of study.

Institute for Humane Studies Fellowships – Awarded to students to help them take advantage of opportunities that can enhance their abilities and credentials to pursue careers that involve the communication of ideas.

Laura W. Bush Traveling Fellowship – The fellowship is intended for American college/university students who express an interest in international collaboration but as of yet had not been afforded many opportunities to travel abroad.

Sara’s Wish Scholarship Fund – Awarded to young women committed to making the world a better place by fully participating in it.

The Student Guide - The U.S. Department of Education publishes a guide on the eligibility requirements on various federal aid programs.

Student Loans Network - Loans that require enrollment verification but not school certification.

IIE Passport -International funding directory

Diversity Scholarships

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants - Scholarships for minority accounting students.
Association of American Indian Affairs - Scholarship programs for Native Americans.

The Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting Scholarships – Scholarships available for students of Hispanic heritage majoring in a business-related field and entering their junior or senior year of undergraduate study.

The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME) – Scholarship program for those students who are part of an under-represented minority and enrolled in an engineering program at a NACME partner university.

NAFSA Rainbow SIG - This scholarship is awarded to a deserving LGBTQI student who aims to participate in a high-quality, rigorous education abroad program.

Regional Scholarships

Boren Awards for International Study - Boren Scholarships allow U.S. undergraduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests but underrepresented in study abroad.

BUTEX North American Scholarships - Open to students participating in a semester or academic year study abroad program in England through API.

Association of American Study Abroad Programmes - Scholarships for U.S. students studying abroad in the U.K.

BASAA – Boston Area Study Abroad Association – A scholarship awarded to a deserving student who attends a U.S. university/college located in Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, or Connecticut.

Leeds International Summer School Scholarship – Awards a portion of study abroad cost to Leeds Summer School.

LIV Fund - LIVFund was established in 2011 in order to recognize and proudly support study, internship and volunteer opportunities in Latin America.

Lord Acton Memorial Scholarship – Provides a deserving study abroad student with financial support to pursue academic study in the U.K.

The George J. Mitchell Scholarships - Funds graduate study in Ireland or Northern Ireland for one year.
Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation -Scholarships for undergraduate and graduate studies in Spain.

Scholarships for Students with Disabilities

Mobility International – Financial Aid for international exchange with disabilities.

Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarships - Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

1800wheelchair.com
The 1800wheelchair scholarship awards two $500 scholarships each year. Scholarships are awarded to those attending a U.S. based institution. All applications are welcome.

American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD) Scholarship Program
Applicant must be enrolled full time in an undergraduate or graduate aschool, and have a documented disability. Applicant must be a US citizen or legal resident living in the US and enrolled in an accredited US University. Preference will be given to students majoring in public health, disability studies, disability research, health promotion or a field related to disability and health.

Service & Honor Society Scholarships

Golden Key Study Abroad Scholarships: Sponsored by Golden Key International Honor Society
National Security Education Program - Open to most majors; intended to promote awareness, safety, and service.

Phi Kappa Phi Society Study Abroad Grants: Open to Phi Kappa Phi members as well as non‐members in all fields of study.

Crowdfunding / Fundraising Websites

FundMyTravel- Create your own travel campaign to raise funds for your trip.

Fundly – An online fundraising platform.

GoFundMe.com – Create your own personal fundraising website.

Rally.org – An online social fundraising platform.

MyTab.co – MyTab is the first online travel registry. Family and friends can contribute to the cost of your travel.

STA Travel Registry – A great way to save and have friends/family help with your travel expenses from STA Travel.