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The LeadAbroad team strongly believes that international experiences should be made available to as many qualified students as possible. Therefore, we will provide numerous scholarships to students on our programs. In addition, there are a wide variety of scholarships available through national organizations as well as your university.

Scholarship Application Deadlines

You must apply for a LeadAbroad program before you can apply for these scholarships. Here are the steps!

1. Complete the three steps for your LeadAbroad application. Fill out your online application, request your official transcript and submit Payment #1 ($100 application fee + $400 deposit).

2. Click on the application link below for your selected scholarship and answer the relevant questions.

3. Review your answers and click “Submit.” After doing so, you can no longer make any changes to your application.

4. You will receive an email confirmation that your application has been successfully submitted. You are all set!

Available Scholarships

LEAD Scholarship Logo - Vertical copy
Amount: $500
Deadline: November 30, December 31, January 31, February 28
Awarded: 1-2 weeks after each application deadline
Link: Apply here

We are seeking to honor LEAD Scholars based on the foundation of our non-profit. Global L.E.A.D Program stands for Leadership, Education, Adventure and Diplomacy. Leadership is the main focus of the curriculum where students discover leadership models to understand their personal leadership style. Education happens both inside and outside the classroom via city tours, guest speakers and service partnerships. Every day on the ground includes adrenaline adventures like shark cage diving, safari, hiking and biking. And finally, students experience hands on diplomacy by creating afterschool programs for students in the townships of Cape Town and community centers of Athens.   Global L.E.A.D program’s story began with a 100-day trip from Kenya to Cape Town, where we learned about ourselves, each other and the world while speaking at leadership conferences in Nairobi, learning from locals in Rwanda, rafting the Nile River in Uganda and serving in the townships of Cape Town, South Africa. We know the power of LEAD and we want students who will embrace and share our vision. We believe this holistic approach to study abroad and life is necessary to achieve success and fulfillment.

Qualifications include: LEAD Scholars are those who believe values, passion and service are not only driving factors of success but the very foundation for life. All students with a 2.5 GPA and significant leadership and service experience are eligible and encouraged to apply.

Oglethorpe University Scholarships
Amount: Half of the program fee for LEAD Cape Town or LEAD Greece
Deadline: February 15
Link: Apply here

LeadAbroad is proud to work with Oglethorpe University as our academic partner. As a liberal arts institution in Atlanta, GA, Oglethorpe University is an academic leader with a prestigious Urban Leadership Program. LeadAbroad and Oglethorpe University work closely to develop engaging Leadership in Action and Global Citizenship and Service curriculum to be delivered in Cape Town and Greece on our summer experience abroad.

Qualifications include: Minimum GPA of 2.5. Currently enrolled at the Oglethorpe University.

Diversity Scholarship for LEAD Cape Town
Amount: $1000
Deadline: March 1
Awarded: March 15
Link: Apply here

This $1,000 scholarship is generously provided by a past LeadAbroad student’s family for an African American LEAD Cape Town applicant who has a desire to develop their leadership skills and has a passion for service.

Qualifications include: Applicants must demonstrate a passion for service, desire to grow as a leader and to get involved in his/her local community. Any African American student with a 2.5 GPA is encouraged to apply.

Pennington Family Scholarship 
Amount: $500-$1500
Deadline: February 15
Awarded: March 1
Link: Apply here

This scholarship is generously provided by two former LeadAbroad students who joined us in Cape Town several years ago. Their hope is that this scholarship will open the door for a student who would never have the opportunity to travel otherwise.

Qualifications include: This scholarship is designed for a student who is currently receiving financial aid on campus and has a strong desire to see and explore the world and other cultures. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0.

Valavanis Family Scholarship 
Amount: Up to $750
Deadline: March 1
Awarded: March 15
Link: Apply here

This scholarship is generously provided by Beth Ann Valavanis, the former Finance Director for LeadAbroad and her husband Dan. They are excited for more students to get the opportunity to travel and grow as leaders.

Qualifications include: Applicants must demonstrate a passion for service, desire to grow as a leader and to get involved in his/her local community. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0.

External Organization Scholarships

Boren Awards for International Study
Amount: Up to $20,000
Deadline: Each campus sets a campus specific deadline
Number of Recipients: N/A
Description: Boren Scholarships and Fellowships provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to add an important international and language component to their educations. They focus on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study that are critical to U.S. national security and underrepresented in study abroad. Please refer to the Boren Awards website for more details.
Eligibility: Must be a U.S. citizen at the time of application. Must have matriculated in an undergraduate degree program located within the United States accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Must be applying to a study abroad program that meets home institution standards in a country outside of Western Europe, Canada, Australia or New Zealand.
Requirements: Must be nominated by a Boren campus representative. Must submit the Boren Scholarship application and submit two letters of reference, official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, language self-assessment and one page study abroad program description.

College Scholarships for Minority Students
Amount: Varies – $400 to $7,500
Deadline: Varies depending on the specific scholarship
Number of Recipients: N/A
Description: This website is a great resource for a variety of scholarships available to minority students. Awarding organizations include charitable organizations like the Ronald McDonald House, corporations like Xerox and Southwest Airlines and government agencies like the State of Indiana or the Maryland Higher Commission. Please visit the site for more information on specific scholarships. 
Eligibility: The scholarships in this resource are for minority students including African-American students, Hispanic/Latino students, Asian Americans, Native Americans, LGBT students and females.

Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society Study Abroad Grants
Amount: $1,000 grants
Deadline: TBA
Number of Recipients: 50
Description: 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. Fifty $1,000 grants are awarded each year. Please refer to the Phi Kappa Phi site for more information.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

Amount: up to $5,000
Deadline: Spring Semester (see website for specific deadlines)
Number of Recipients: Over 2,300 recipients
Description: 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. Please refer to the Benjamin A. Gilman website for more details.
Eligibility: The Gilman Scholarship Program is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are planning to study abroad. The program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study abroad and the countries and regions where they go by supporting undergraduates who might otherwise not participate due to financial constraints.
Requirements: See the Gilman International Scholarship Application here

Barry A. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program
Amount: Up to $7,500 annually
Deadline: TBD
Number of Recipients: Up to 300
Description: The purpose of the Foundation is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians and engineers by awarding scholarships to college students who intend to pursue careers in these fields. Please refer to the Barry Goldwater website for more details.
Eligibility: College juniors and those who will be college seniors with outstanding potential and intend to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences or engineering.
Requirements: See the Barry A. Goldwater Scholarship application here

Rotary International Ambassador Scholarships
Amount: Varies
Deadline: Set by your local club
Number of Recipients: 700+ each year
Description: The purpose of the Ambassadorial Scholarships program is to further international understanding and friendly relations among people of different countries and geographical areas. The program sponsors academic year scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students as well as for qualified professionals pursuing vocational studies. While abroad, scholars serve as goodwill ambassadors to the host country and give presentations about their homelands to Rotary clubs and other groups. Upon returning home, scholars share with Rotarians and others the experiences that led to a greater understanding of their host country.
Eligibility: Persons in the following categories are ineligible: (a) a Rotarian or Honorary Rotarian; (b) an employee of a Rotary club or district, of Rotary International, or of another Rotary-affiliated entity; (c) a spouse, a lineal descendant (child or grandchild by blood or adopted or not adopted), a spouse of a lineal descendant, or an ancestor (parent or grandparent by blood) of any living person in categories (a) or (b); and that Rotarians and their relatives as described above remain ineligible for 36 months after resignation.
Requirements: Must apply for Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarships through their local Rotary club. Must submit three essays, recommendation forms and transcripts. Please refer to the Rotary Club website for more details.