This page is meant to inform you about what scholarships, financial aid, student loans, and other resources are available to you or your student.
Most people find that with the proper planning and program consideration, an international program is affordable and available.
Please note, all IEP-specific scholarships, grants and discounts are only applicable for participants of IEP programs.
Please view the scholarships listed below. Before submitting an application, be sure to review eligibility and application requirements and deadlines. For additional international scholarship opportunities, please visit the Alumni page.
IEP Semester Abroad Scholarship
This scholarship is meant to support engaged semester study abroad participants.
IEP Correspondent Scholarship
This scholarship is meant to create and assist engaged study, internship, and volunteer participants abroad.
IEP Early Applicant Scholarship
IEP would like to encourage and reward students to apply early for a semester or summer academic study abroad program. This award is not available for spring break, internship or volunteer programs.
IEP Leadership Scholarship
Available to campus leaders of student and social organizations, the scholarship is provided to enhance the awareness of a participant's experience to an engaged audience on campus.
IEP Social Media Scholarship for Short Term Programs
This scholarship is meant to enhance the reflection of students on short term programs through engagement with social media tools.
IEP Program Discounts
Ambassador Marilyn McAfee Scholarship
Administered through the World Affairs Council of Jacksonville this $2000 academic merit scholarship is awarded to a sophomore or junior attend Jacksonville Univeristy, among other area schools. More info and application.
Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship
This scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving federal Pell Grant funding at a 2-year or 4-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs worldwide. The U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs sponsor the Gilman scholarship.
Please review the website for specific eligibility and application requirements and deadlines.
Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Scholarship
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.
Please review the website for specific eligibility and application requirements and deadlines.
Boren Awards, 2013 - 2014
The Boren Awards program funds scholarships and fellowships for foreign language study and is administered by the Institute of International Education. The purpose of the scholarship program is to fund undergraduate study abroad of "strategic" foreign languages.
All applications must be submitted online. These include (2) references, official transcripts, essay describing proposed study aborad program, a language self-assessment form, and a language proficiency form (optional).
Deadline: February 13, 2013
Visit www.borenawards.org for more information.
Diversity Abroad offers a number of tips for making studying or interning abroad more affordable and accessible. They have information on scholarships that they offer directly, as well as a search engine that allows you to find study abroad scholarships based on your field of study or country of interest. From grants, to bugeting tips, to student discounts on airfare, this site provides a variety of information that will help you fund our study abroad program. Be sure to check out "You Can Afford to Study Abroad," their online booklet, which gives a great overview of the options out there.
Fundmytravel.com is a great resource for tracking your fundraising efforts. You can create a campaign to share with people where you're going and why you're excited about it. Those who are looking to support you are able to make donations to your campaign and help you reach your fundraising goals.
Below you are some tips on getting the word out there and ways of coordinating your fundraising efforts. If you're committed and willing to put time and effort into funding your international experience, you'd be amazed how effective these can be!
1) Letter to friends and relatives
One of the most effective ways to do grassroots fundraising is by a letter campaign sent to as many relatives, friends, former teachers and professors, former co-workers, etc. as possible. You should try to send a letter to 100 or more people. Send a detailed letter explaining the program and what you hope to accomplish while you are on it.
Ask for a specific amount of money- $50 is a nice round figure, but for older, more established relatives and friends $100 is not too much to ask; for peers and fellow students, perhaps $25 to $35. You may want to break your potential supporters into two, three or more groups, sending a custom letter to each group, based on your relationship with them, or the amount of money you are asking for.
If you send out 100 letters asking for $50 on average, and one-half respond, you have raised $2500. Often a few people will be very inspired by what you are doing, and many give much more.
2) Form a support group
One of your best support structures is to have the people closest to you act as your fundraising committee. Have them write letters on your behalf and distribute pledge forms to their co-workers, immediate family and good friends. The best fundraisers have even gone as far as to officially organize something like "The Committee to Send Julie to Japan" - which is personal, catchy, and shows you have organized support. It also shows that you are serious about participating in the volunteer program.
3) The Chain letter
A variation on numbers 1) and 2) is to write special letters to close friends and relatives asking them to help you garner support. You should call them about this first, then send them a letter with a number of sponsorship forms, and ask them to recruit five to ten other sponsors for you.
4) Have a yard or garage sale
A sale is a good way to sell your possessions and gather support for your cause. You may want to combine a raffle at the site of the sale, or an auction, especially if there is a natural group that would support you in this endeavor (fraternity, workplace, church, club, etc)
5) Grants from your school
College career, disability services, or international study abroad centers and academic departments frequently have fellowship programs that grant money to students participating in innovative research projects or programs abroad, particularly if you are earning academic credit for the research.
6) Local businesses
Local businesses are far more likely to support you than are large corporations. Check first with your town hall for any local scholarships. Visit the Chamber of Commerce for a list of local businesses and to see if they know of any opportunities. The key is to make a linkage between the owner of the business and you or someone close to you. You may want to approach businesses with a letter first, enclosing all relevant material and a pledge form, then follow up with phone call. Asking for $50 or more is not unusual. Be sure to follow up with a thank you note acknowledging their support.
7) Special Collection
Take up a special collection at a religious service or a general meeting of other community groups, coordinated with the proper ministers/organization officers, It is important to educate the community about what you are doing before the collection is announced via written material in the bulletin and preferably featuring a personal appeal by you during the service/meeting.
8) Approach your local place of worship
Go to your local church, synagogue or mosque councils directly and ask for a specific amount ($50-$1000) in exchange for an informative presentation about your experience when you return.
9) Community groups
Civic groups such as Rotary, Lions, Elks, certain Unions, special interest groups (like the Sierra Club or Returned Peace Corps Volunteers) might be interested in sponsoring you, especially if you can give them a special presentation when you return from overseas.
10) Support from employer and coworkers
Approaching your own employer is an often over-looked source of possible support. Even better is getting support from your co-workers. Another option to to ask parents or other family members to check at work and see if their company offers financial aid to relatives of workers.
11) Loans from relatives
Certain relatives many be able to lend you more than they would be willing to just give you, as long as you agree to pay them back shortly after the exchange program is over.
12) Letters to alumni associations
An announcement in a high-school or college alumni newsletter about what you are about to do, with a pitch for contributions, can be a good way to gain more support and touch base with long lost friends.
13) Sell something door to door
The traditional candy sale can work if you mark everything up enough. Volunteers with artistic abilities can produce their own items (t-shirts, mugs, pins, etc.) to sell, but should try to calculate appropriately the sale price in relation to the coast of the materials and the time spent making and selling their productions. Such items could also be sold at a fair or similar event.
14) Have a fundraising party
There are hundreds of ways to throw a fundraising party; just make sure you end up earning money, not losing. You may want to combine a raffle with the party to earn extra money. Sell raffle tickets ahead of time, and insist that people show up in order to win. Have people RSVP so that you have a good idea how much you will make before the party starts.
15) Have a bake sale or a car wash
This is a great way to get the neighbors and community involved in your cause. Ask local business if you can use their parking lots or store fronts to hold your event. Be sure to remind them of the extra business you will attract. Ask several friends or family members to help you on the actual day. Really advertise your event with posters, balloons, signs or anything that gets people's attention. Ask local radio stations or newspapers if they would be willing to announce this special event for you in trade for a free car wash. You can choose to charge your customers of simply ask for a donation; you might be surprised how generous people are!