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Financial Resources for Studying Abroad

Your first step:  make an appointment with the Westfield Financial Aid office located in the Horace Mann Center.
The Financial Aid Office will review your award with you; some students may qualify for additional loan amounts. 
The Financial Aid office can be contacted at (413) 572-5218.

THE PAYMENT PROCESS FOR SEMESTER-LONG STUDY ABROAD OR NSE PROGRAMS


SCHOLARSHIPS

In no particular order, here is a listing of some resources:

The Westfield State University Foundation has four scholarships for Study Abroad.  Applications for the Foundation scholarships are found at www.westfield.ma.edu/scholarships;  the deadline to apply for these scholarships is April 1 for fall programs and November 10 for winter and spring programs.

PRESIDENT LEONARD SAVIGNANO ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP 4 $500 AWARDS PER SEMESTER
Open to fulltime undergraduate students with at least a 3.0 grade point average participating in a semester-long study abroad program.
Selection is based upon merit and financial need.

CLASS OF 1984 STUDY ABROAD SCHOLARSHIP 2 $500 AWARDS PER SEMESTER
Open to fulltime undergraduate students with at least a 3.0 grade point average; semester-long or short-term program.

CLASS OF 1985 STUDY ABROAD SCHOLARSHIP 2 $425 AWARDS PER SEMESTER
Open to fulltime undergraduate students with at least a 3.0 grade point average; semester-long or short-term program; applicants must be a First-Generation university sophomore, junior, or senior student.

BERKSHIRE BANK TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIP  10 $500.00 AWARDS
Through a generous donation from Berkshire Bank, fulltime undergraduate students are eligible to apply for 5 semester-long and 5 short-term program awards.

OLEKSAK KROSNO STATE COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP 2 $1000 AWARDS PER YEAR
For study at Krosno State College, Poland only. Open to fulltime undergraduate students with at least 24 earned hours and at least a 2.8 grade point average; semester-long program; preference will be given to students of Polish heritage and those who use Polish as a first or second language. Recipients will meet briefly with representatives of Oleksak Lumber Company to share experiences and to submit a one-page summary of the semester in Poland.

The Westfield State University Sankofa Organization of Diverse Faculty and Staff actively embraces a commitment to the expansion of the spirit of global diversity and multicultural principles.  The Westfield State University SANKOFA SCHOLARSHIP is for semester-long study abroad, short-term study abroad or NSE programs in Hawaii, Alaska, Canada, Guam, the Virgin Islands or Puerto Rico.   The Application is found at:  www.westfield.ma.edu/sankofa  

PHI KAPPA PHI STUDY ABROAD GRANTS
Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants are designed to help support undergraduates as they seek knowledge and experience in their academic fields by studying abroad. Seventy-five $1,000 grants are awarded each year.   Information can be found here:  http://www.phikappaphi.org/grants-awards/study-abroad/study-abroad-faq#.V9FibE32aJB  

Canadian/U.S. Fulbright Exchange

Diversity Abroad offers scholarships to high school, community college, university and graduate students from nontraditional backgrounds who want to pursue international education. Students with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Fund for Education Abroad (FEA)
FEA is committed to increasing the opportunities for dedicated American students to participate in high-quality, rigorous education abroad programs by reducing financial restrictions through the provision of grants and scholarships.

Study Abroad Funding  This directory features detailed descriptions of hundreds of study abroad scholarships, fellowships, grants, and paid internships for U.S. undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate students, and professionals.

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Critical Language Scholarships for Intensive Summer Institutes annually awards funds for intensive language study in Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla/Bengali, Hindi, Punjabi, Turkish and Urdu (beginning level language training not offered for Azerbaijani, Chinese, Persian or Russian) with funds provided the U.S. Department of State.

CIEE launched GAIN to help overcome the main barriers to study abroad, namely, the challenges of cost and curriculum requirements. GAIN will aide in diversifying study abroad by providing opportunities for students who are economically challenged, from diverse backgrounds, or underrepresented fields of study.

“We created the CIEE Global Access Initiative to create access for students who otherwise wouldn’t have the chance to study abroad. GAIN supports our mission as an organization “to help people gain understanding, acquire knowledge, and develop skills for living in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world.” We’re excited about this scholarship and the opportunities it’ll provide U.S. college students.” - Martin Hogan—Executive Vice President, Study Abroad

CIEE is providing one million dollars each year through grants and scholarships to expand access for students for full-year, semester, and summer study abroad programs. GAIN will also provide grants and scholarships to students who are selected as awardees by the highly respected Benjamin A. Gilman and David L. Boren Scholarship programs.

For more information on GAIN visit www.ciee.org/gain or contact us at studyinfo@ciee.org or call 1.800.40.STUDY.

FastWeb  Search for scholarships with a free scholarship matching service.

For additional scholarship and financial aid information, visit www.fastweb.com.

SCHOLARSHIPS FOR GAY AND LESBIAN STUDENTS ADN ADVOCATES  Gay/Lesbian scholarships aren't just available to students based on their sexual orientation or identity. Rather, they are also open to students who demonstrate active involvement in promoting equal rights and acceptance of the gay and lesbian communities.  Use FastWeb to search for scholarships.

Walter Jensen Scholarship for future teachers of French for students with an expectation of a future profession in teaching French.

Experience Germany on the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for young professionals through a program supported by funds from the U.S. Department of State.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Competition
If you currently receive a Pell Grant, you are eligible to apply for a Gilman International Study Scholarship of $3,000-$5,000 for a semester of study abroad.  Priority is given to students who want to study in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Oceania and other ‘non-traditional’ locations.  Priority is also given to community college students, non-traditional students, students with disabilities.

If you are applying to a study abroad program that includes instruction in languages such as Arabic, the Indic languages, Korean, Swahili, Bahasa Indonesian, the Persian languages or Turkic languages, you may be able to receive an additional $3,000. 

In addition to being a Pell Grant recipient, applicants are also required to carry out a Follow-on Service Requirement  that promotes study abroad upon return to campus, and this activity must be approved by the Study Abroad Advisor  on your campus  before submitting your application online.  You will need to make an appointment to speak with the Study Abroad Advisor about both your application essay and your Follow-on Service Requirement.

Bridging Scholarships for Study Abroad in Japan is a private funding source for students pursuing study abroad in Japan; prior Japanese language study is not required for this scholarship program.
 
National Security Education Program (NSEP) David L. Boren Scholarship is an annual, competitively awarded program of financial support underwritten by the U.S. Department of Defense for study of language and culture outside of Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, and includes a government service requirement.

Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Fellowship The deadline is in February and the application goes right to national headquarters.

Rotary Centers for International Studies in peace and conflict resolution

Scholarships for Polish-American Students

Oleksak Lumber Company Scholarship(Preference will be given to students who wish to study in Poland and are of Polish heritage, and those who use Polish as a first or second language.)

Order Sons of Italy Scholarships(Preference will be given to students of Italian heritage)

Association of Teachers of Japanese Awards for study in Japan. Bridging Scholarships are open to US citizens or permanent residents. Stipends are $2,500 for a semester program, $4,000 for a year-long program in Japan.

David L. Boren NSEP (National Security Education Program) Scholarships. Open to US citizens for study in geographical areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to US national security. (Eligible countries are located primarily in Africa, Asia, Central/Eastern Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East.) Awards are given for summer, semester, or academic year study (up to $10,000 per semester). Nomination is required; see MHC's National Fellowships office for details.

BUTEX Scholarships for North American Students. Open to undergraduate students currently enrolled at an institution in the US or Canada, for study for a semester or academic year at a BUTEX-affiliated institution in the UK. Each scholarship is for 500 pounds, payable after awardees have arrived and registered at the host university.

DAAD German Academic Exchange Service offers awards for semester or year study, senior thesis research, and/or internships in Germany, with preference for projects or programs based at or organized by a German university. Open to students with sophomore or junior standing at the time of application; students generally must be US or Canadian citizens, though foreign nationals may be eligible to apply if they have been full-time students at an accredited US or Canadian institution for more than one year and will return to the US or Canada to complete their Bachelor’s degree after the scholarship period.

Diversity Abroad offers $1,000 awards for semester or summer study or an internship at a member program or university. Open to US citizens and permanent residents who have a GPA of 2.75 or better; economically disadvantaged students, African-American, Asian-American, Hispanic/Latino, Multiracial/ethnic or Native-American students, as well as students who will study outside of western Europe and Australia, are encouraged to apply.

Freeman-ASIA Awards for study in East or Southeast Asia.  Open to US citizens or permanent residents with demonstrated financial need, for study in Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Macao, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, or Vietnam.  Awards cover up to $3,000 for summer, $5,000 for semester, and $7,000 for academic year study abroad.  Students should meet with Joanne Picard, Dean of International Studies, prior to applying.

The General Federation of Women's Clubs of Massachusetts offers up to $800 in scholarships students whose permanent home is in Massachusetts who will study abroad during the summer, fall, spring, or academic year. Applications are generally due March 1.

Monbukagakusho (MEXT) Scholarship (Japanese Studies Program, for a year of study in Japan). Awards are open to US citizens between the ages of 18 and 29 who are undergraduate students studying the Japanese language or culture at a university outside of Japan. The scholarship includes round trip airfare, exemption from all school fees, and a monthly stipend of approximately 134,000 yen. Students should apply through the nearest Japanese Consulate; in New England, apply to the Consulate General of Japan at Federal Reserve Plaza, 14th Floor, 600 Atlantic Ave., Boston, MA 02201 (tel: 617-973-9772, fax: 617-542-1329).

TEAN The Education Abroad Network Scholarships: "The Education Abroad Network (TEAN) is deeply committed to giving students an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience study abroad in a new and exciting culture.  We recognize that in many instances, additional funding is necessary to make the study abroad experience both affordable and realistic.  These supplemental scholarships were devised as a humble attempt to help students with the financial commitments required for an international education experience." and 20 for 20 Scholarships: "We have 20 scholarships for both semester and summer study abroad programs across the Asia Pacific to encourage even more students to study abroad."

For additional scholarship information, search the Institute for International Education web site.