Scholarship and Funding Information

Study abroad does not have to be out of your reach financially. In fact, if you already receive financial aid most students are able to use part, if not all, of their financial aid for study abroad. Often, a "Contractual Agreement" or "Consortium Agreement" Form is completed by the college and Spanish Studies Abroad for purposes of applying financial aid to your study abroad program. You may contact us at info@spanishstudies.org for further information and instructions regarding the transfer of financial aid. Your advisor or your financial aid officer can also assist you with this process. This must be done in advance of payment due dates.

Below you will find information about Spanish Studies Abroad scholarship opportunities available to students studying on one of our programs. For information on other sources of funding and financial matters, follow these links for more information regarding grants, payment plans, financial aid deferment, and outside scholarships.

SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

Spanish Studies Abroad has awarded over $200,000 in scholarships since 2001. We offer two scholarship options for students attending our regular academic programs in Spain, Puerto Rico, Cuba and Argentina. You may submit an application to only one scholarship: Merit-Based or Diversity.

Essay entries should be between 400 and 500 words and written in English. Please include your name, program, and home college or university in the top right-hand corner, and submit your completed scholarship application to info@spanishstudies.org with “Diversity Scholarship Essay” or "Merit-Based Scholarship Essay” in the subject.

Be creative! This is your chance to set yourself apart!

Merit-Based Scholarship

This scholarship is specially designed for students with a strong passion for the Spanish language. Strong preference will be given to students who demonstrate great dedication to their study of Spanish both in and out of the classroom.

Prompt: For this essay, share a personal life story that demonstrates your dedication to learning Spanish and how you have gone above and beyond in your acquisition of the language.

 

Diversity Scholarship

This scholarship is specially designed for students from diverse backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in Study Abroad including, but not limited to the areas of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, age, religion, disabilities, as well as first generation students and non-traditional students.

Prompt In this essay, describe a unique chapter in your life that has contributed to making you an applicant for this specific scholarship.

GPA Requirements and Award Amounts

 

  Merit Based Scholarship Diversity Based Scholarship
Cumulative GPA Requirement: 3.5 GPA 3.0 GPA
Semester/Academic Year Awards: $1500.00
Summer/January Awards: $500.00

 

Deadlines

The deadlines for both Spanish Studies Abroad Scholarships are the same as the regular program deadlines:

 

Program Term Program Application / Scholarship Deadlines
Academic Year May 15
Fall Semester May 15
Spring Semester October 15
Spring Semester Jan Term October 15
Jan Term October 15
Any Summer Program April 15

Notes:

  • Students may apply for the Merit-Based or Diversity Scholarship prior to their acceptance to the program, but only accepted students may receive a scholarship.
  • Receipt of a Spanish Studies Abroad Scholarship, as with all scholarship awards, may affect your overall financial aid package at your home institution.
  • Late scholarship applications will not be considered. No exceptions.
  • Students who are part of customized group programs through their home universities are not eligible for scholarships.

GO AGAIN ALUMNI SCHOLARSHIP

The Spanish Studies Abroad Alumni Scholar Fund was developed in 2004 and designed to benefit returning students wishing to embark on an additional cross-cultural adventure with Spanish Studies Abroad. Spanish Studies now offers all alumni students a stipend to apply towards another Spanish Studies Abroad experience in Spain, Argentina, Puerto Rico, or Cuba.

Alumni scholarships are as follows:

  • Academic Year: $1,000
  • Semester: $500
  • Seven-week Summer Term: $200
  • 3 1/2 Week Summer or January Terms: $100
  • May Term: $50

Please note that all Spanish Studies Alumni who choose to attend an additional program with Spanish Studies Abroad will automatically receive the Alumni Scholarship. Alumni who receive an Alumni Scholarship are also eligible to apply for the Spanish Studies Abroad Scholarship Program.