Scholarships

The number one reason you don't get a scholarship is because you don't apply! 

Many scholarships are available, be sure to read the criteria and eligibility requirements, and apply

WWU Scholarships

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Affiliate Program Scholarships

Scholarships are available to WWU students participating in specific affiliate study abroad programs.

Other Scholarships & Financial Resources

Please note that eligibility, requirements, and application procedures vary for each scholarship. 

  • AAUW (American Association of University Women) Fellowships and Grants: Supports aspiring scholars, teachers, and activists in local communities, women at critical stages of their careers, and those pursuing professions where women are underrepresented.
  • Abroad101: Study Abroad Scholarship Directory to help with the funding of your study abroad, we have compiled this list of scholarship opportunities offered by providers of study abroad programs and foreign host universities.
  • The American Austrian Foundation provides fellowships for postgraduate education in medicine, media and the arts. Each year we award more then 1500 fellowships on a meritocratic basis to qualified recipients.
  • The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) offers fellowships (up to $23,000) and grants (up to $5,000) to individuals to pursue research, study or creative arts projects in one or more Scandinavian country for up to one year. The number of awards varies each year according to total funds available. Awards are made in all fields.
  • Amgen Scholars: Made possible through a 16-year, $74 million commitment from the Amgen Foundation, Amgen Scholars allows undergraduates from across the globe to participate in cutting-edge research opportunities at world-class institutions. 24 premier educational and research institutions across the U.S., Europe, Asia, Australia and Canada currently host the summer program.
  • Asia Exchange: Asia Exchange wishes to encourage students to study abroad in Asia and provides scholarship resources. 
  • Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship: Awards of up to $7500 per year to undergraduate science and mathematics students for their last year or two of undergraduate study and planning a career in science or mathematics. Awards in two categories: two-year scholarships to those who will be juniors and one-year scholarships to those who will be seniors. Must have at least a B average and be a US citizen, resident alien, or US national.
  • Benjamin Gilman Scholarship: The Gilman Scholarship is a program of the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). ECA fosters mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries to promote friendly, sympathetic, and peaceful relations. Gilman Scholarships of up to $5,000 will be awarded this academic year for U.S. citizen undergraduates to study or intern abroad. Award amounts will vary depending on the length of study and student need. Undergraduate students who are receiving federal Pell Grant funding at 2-year or 4-year colleges or universities are eligible to apply. Gilman Scholarship Info for Students. Applicants who are studying a critical need language while abroad can apply for a supplemental award of up to $3,000, for a combined total of $8,000. The Critical Need Language Award is competitive and offered to a limited number of Gilman scholars each year. Critical Need Languages include: Arabic (all dialects), Azerbaijani, Bahasa Indonesian, Bangla, Chinese (Mandarin), Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, Urdu. Global Partnerships: The Gilman-France Scholarship, Gilman-Education New Zealand (ENZ) Scholarship, Gilman-Luso-American Development Foundation (FLAD) Portugal Scholarship, The Gilman-Global Wales Award.
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  • BRIC Language Systems Go Global Scholarship: We are a company that is dedicated to education and language learning and we are committed to helping students get the global experience that they need to thrive in their careers. That is the genesis of the BRIC “Go Global” Scholarship which awards one recipient a $1,000 scholarship to help further their education and language learning. Summer deadline: May 4; All other terms: June 30.
  • Bridging Scholarships for Study in Japan: The Association of Teachers of Japanese Bridging Project offers scholarships to assist students with the travel and living expenses while studying abroad in Japan. Japanese language study is not a prerequisite. Scholarships are $2,500 (for students on semester-long programs) or $4,000 (for students on academic year programs).
  • Boren Awards for International Study fund the intensive study of language and culture abroad by U.S. undergraduate or graduate students. Boren Scholars and Fellows study a wide range of critical languages and commit to working in positions critical to U.S. national security. Some Boren awards fund internships or research abroad in addition to immersive language study.
  • CRCC Asia: Are you interested in gaining international work experience and building your post-graduation job prospects? Consider doing an internship in China! CRCC Asia’s China Internship Program provides one, two, or three month internships in Beijing, Shanghai, and Shenzhen. Fluent English is the only language requirement and there is a program start date each month of the year. We work with over 400 top companies in China to offer a wide range of placements across various industries including finance, law, marketing/PR, engineering, accounting, pharmaceuticals, NGO's and more. All accommodation and visa processing is included in the program, as well as a variety of social and business events. 
  • CEA Global Education offers a variety of scholarships for their programs abroad.
  • Chateaubriand Fellowship Program is a grant offered by the Embassy of France in the United States. It supports outstanding Ph.D. students from American universities who wish to conduct research in France for a period ranging from 4 to 9 months.
  • Chinese Government Scholarships provides funding to support international students, teachers, and scholars to study and conduct research in China at various universities
  • Churchill Foundation Scholarship and Kanders Churchill Scholarship provide funding to American students for a year of Master’s study at the University of Cambridge, based at Churchill College. 
  • College Board is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success. Their online tool allows students to do a scholarship search that matches education level, talents, and background.
  • CollegeNet has distributed more than $2.25 million worth of college scholarships and continues to provide direct financial support to campus programs that enhance social mobility.
  • Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership (CAPAL) Scholarship: Enables promising students with leadership potential to pursue public service internships in Washington, DC, while learning how to influence policy decisions that affect their communities. CAPAL Scholars are awarded $2,000 each for the successful completion of a summer internship of their choice, as well as the development of a Community Action Plan.
  • Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX): is a fellowship funded by the German Bundestag and U.S. Department of State that annually provides American and German young professionals the opportunity to spend one year in each other’s countries, studying, interning, and living with hosts on a cultural immersion program. CBYX is open to candidates in all career fields who are interested in a year of academic, professional, and cultural exchange.
  • Connect-123: Scholarship competition, where students can win a free trip, including airfare and housing, to do a career-related, international internship in one of 5 locations: Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Dublin, or Shanghai!
  • Corinne Jeannine Schillings Foundation: Provides financial assistance to young women pursuing undergraduate degrees in the study of language, or who are studying in a foreign country as enrichment for their undergraduate college program.
  • Council on International Education Exchange (CIEE): Every year, we award more than $3 million in scholarships and grants for study abroad. Our comprehensive approach addresses three distinct areas to ensure we reach students of diverse academic, ethnic, and economic backgrounds: Academic Excellence Scholarships – for students who excel in academic pursuits and are devoted to specialized areas of study, Access Grants and Scholarships – for students who have historically been unable to study abroad because of financial circumstances, Ambassador Grants – for motivated, high-achieving, students who are committed to capturing and sharing the many transformative benefits of international education after they return to campus.
    • The Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship covers the costs for outstanding students of color to participate in a customized summer study abroad program focused on leadership and intercultural communication skills. Fellows are selected based on their academic achievement, communication skills, and commitment to social justice – qualities representative of the award’s namesake, African American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and international statesman Frederick Douglass. 
  • Critical Language Scholarship  Tips & Considerations: The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a summer study abroad opportunity for American college and university students to learn languages essential to America’s engagement with the world. The CLS Program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages. Students of diverse disciplines and majors are encouraged to apply. Participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, and later apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers. Languages offered: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, Urdu.
  • CRCC Asia Internship Scholarships, Sanya (China): CRCC Asia's China Internship Program in Sanya is tailored to enhance both professional and personal development by offering placements in hospitality, tourism, marketing and general business with high-end international hotels. Sanya is often referred to as China's Hawaii, combining beautiful blue sky, long sandy beaches and clear waters. It is the nation's most popular holiday destination. Fluent English is the only language requirement and all accommodation and visa processing is included in the program, as well as a schedule of social and business events. We have over 3500 alumni from more than 150 countries worldwide, who have all benefited from the CRCC Asia China Internship Program.
  • Cultural Vistas Fellowship: A fully-funded fellowship program for underrepresented U.S. university students to intern for eight weeks with organizations in Argentina, Germany, or Southeast Asia.
  • DAAD German Academic Exchange Service: Funding for participation in summer internships or senior thesis research at German universities.  Long term scholarship are available for semester or year study abroad.
  • The Diverse International Women Of Color Scholarship (DIWC): Summer Study Abroad Scholarship is intended to assist women of color who are exceptional in their studies and in need of financial assistance to study abroad. DIWC will award (5) $500 scholarships to women of color who have been accepted to a Summer Study Abroad Program.
  • DiversityAbroad.com Study Abroad Scholarship offers ten, $500 scholarships for full-time undergraduate students studying abroad. Students participating in Diversity Abroad partner organizations are eligible.
  • Diversity Abroad Overseas Ambassador Program: The Overseas Ambassador Program is an initiative created for current students or recent graduates who are planning to study, intern, volunteer or teach abroad. Overseas Ambassadors earn a stipend in return for representing Diversity Abroad, writing articles, and sharing experiences while abroad. Geared toward economically disadvantaged students, first-generation, students with disabilities, and ethnically and racially diverse students.
  • Eastern European Study Abroad (EESA) believes that studying abroad can be the most beneficial time of a student’s life; and we are committed to making it affordable for everyone.
  • Elyse C. Alper Scholarship WWU: Don and Jan Alper established this scholarship in 2010 to honor and celebrate the life of their daughter Elyse and carry forward her lifelong joy of traveling and establishing friendships across continents. This scholarship provides opportunities for students to study outside the United States at recognized universities and to further promote greater international understanding and goodwill. 
  • FastWeb Scholarship Search provides free customized scholarship search after user fills out profile. E-mail updates are then provided of scholarships based on the profile.
  • FinAid! (National Association of Financial Aid Administrators): Resource for financial aid including study abroad. Website of the main US professional association for financial aid administrators provides scholarship searches and extensive information about financial aid.
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  • Foundation for Asia-Pacific Education awards scholarships to help enable students to obtain an international experience in the Asia Pacific region. Students who are from underrepresented populations in international education are a priority. Students may may apply for any of the scholarships available from the Foundation provided you meet the eligibility requirements for each one. 
  • Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship covers the costs for outstanding students of color to participate in a customized summer study abroad program focused on leadership and intercultural communication skills. Fellows are selected based on their academic achievement, communication skills, and commitment to social justice – qualities representative of the award’s namesake, African American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and international statesman Frederick Douglass. 
  • Freeman ASIA awards encourage study abroad in East and Southeast Asia. Awards are in the amount of $3000 (semester), $5000 (semester/quarter) and $7000 (academic year). 5 Tips when applying for the Freeman - Asia Scholarship
  • Fulbright Grants: A wide range of one-year grants to support study, research, and/or teaching abroad. Over 100 countries participate. May include study at a foreign university, research, classes at a conservatory or art school, special project in the social sciences or sciences, or combinations thereof. US citizen; BA or equivalent.
  • Fund for Education Abroad: Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents currently enrolled as undergraduates in US universities/colleges who plan to study abroad for at least four weeks. Awards are intended to support students planning to participate in high-quality, rigorous education abroad programs.
  • The Fund for International Service Learning (FISL): Scholarships in the amount of $500 to students enrolled in a semester-long international service-learning program. Recipients are selected based on their academic and professional goals and accomplishments, as well as financial need.
  • Fund My Travel: An excellent way for students to create their own travel campaign and raise money for their program, and then share it with family and friends on Facebook and through email.
  • Gates Cambridge Scholarship for admitted students of Cambridge College to study or conduct research with the long-term goal of producing future leaders to address global problems related to heath, equality, technology, and learning. 
  • German Chancellor Scholarship Program: The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation awards German Chancellor scholarships to young professionals with outstanding credentials and leadership qualities who want to do research in Germany for one year. Prior knowledge of German is not required.
  • Benjamin Gilman Scholarship: The Gilman Scholarship is a program of the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). ECA fosters mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries to promote friendly, sympathetic, and peaceful relations. Gilman Scholarships of up to $5,000 will be awarded this academic year for U.S. citizen undergraduates to study or intern abroad. Award amounts will vary depending on the length of study and student need. Undergraduate students who are receiving federal Pell Grant funding at 2-year or 4-year colleges or universities are eligible to apply. Gilman Scholarship Info for Students. Applicants who are studying a critical need language while abroad can apply for a supplemental award of up to $3,000, for a combined total of $8,000. The Critical Need Language Award is competitive and offered to a limited number of Gilman scholars each year. Critical Need Languages include: Arabic (all dialects), Azerbaijani, Bahasa Indonesian, Bangla, Chinese (Mandarin), Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, Urdu.
  • The Gilman-McCain Scholarship is a congressionally funded initiative of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State and named after the late senator John S. McCain from Arizona. The Gilman-McCain Scholarship provides awards of $5,000 for child dependents of active duty service members to study or intern abroad on credit-bearing programs. Global Partnerships: The Gilman-France Scholarship, Gilman-Education New Zealand (ENZ) Scholarship, Gilman-Luso-American Development Foundation (FLAD) Portugal Scholarship, The Gilman-Global Wales Award.
  • Global Affairs Canada through its International Scholarships Program (ISP) is responsible for the management and administration of a number of international scholarship opportunities for Canadians and non-Canadians.
  • Global Experiences is celebrating their 20th anniversary by extending 20 scholarships for an international internship to engaged and driven participants. These scholarships are for Global Experiences participants only in both summer and semester terms and in-person and virtual programs.
  • GoAbroad.com: A detailed study abroad scholarship search engine.
  • GoAbroad.com Internship Scholarships Directory of many different scholarships for a variety of program types including international internships.
  • GoAbroad.com Volunteering Scholarships Directory of many different scholarships for a variety of program types including international volunteering.
  • Golden Key: Providing a means for hope, Golden Key offers hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships and awards each year, including those for both undergrad and graduate students. This is just one of the many ways the Society enables members to realize their potential through the Golden Key legacy never failing commitment to the advancement of Academics, Leadership and Service.
  • GO! OVERSEAS Scholarships is proud to support international education through scholarships available to students participating in study abroad programs. The scholarship is awarded based on the creativity and analytical thinking displayed through writing samples and/or video submissions.
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  • Harry S. Truman Scholarship for full-time junior level college students who are planning a career in public service. Provides up to $3,000 for senior year and $27,000 for graduate studies in the US or abroad.
  • The Hebrew University of Jerusalem - Rothberg International School: Merit- & Need-Based Scholarships available. Scholarships available for ieiMedia Jerusalem program.
  • Henry Luce Foundation: Luce Scholars Program is a nationally competitive fellowship program for college seniors, graduate students, and young professionals in a variety of fields who have had limited exposure to Asia. The program provides stipends, language training, and individualized professional placement in Asia.
  • Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbuttel Fellowship 
  • HI USA Explore The World Scholarship   
  • Hilary Echo Douglas Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a student who demonstrates Hilary's love for Vietnam and other cultures, her desire to give back to the world community and her contagious love of life. Hosted and administered by the Fund for Education Abroad (FEA), the Hilary Echo Douglas Scholarship will award up to $5000 to a student.
  • Human Rights Campaign LGBTQ Student Scholarship Database
  • Hostelling International Explore the World Scholarship: Recipients receive $2,000 to help finance their international trip that includes an educational or volunteer service component. 
  • Human Interaction Project: Recipients will receive a foreign immersion trip combined with volunteering and self-growth. Up to five college-age students a year will be given a travel experience in partnership with the international volunteering and learning organization UBELONG. Open to U.S. citizens between 18 and 30 years old.
  • IIE Generation Study Abroad Travel Grants available for U.S. students from a broad range of backgrounds to participate in academic, internship, or service-learning experiences abroad. 
  • International Education Financial Aid (IEFA) offers the most comprehensive listing of grants, scholarships, loan programs, and other information to assist students in their quest to study abroad. 
  • International Scrum Institute Scholarship, a champion of learning, founded the scholarship to help students reach their education goals with a $1000 award.    
  • International Studies Abroad (ISA) Scholarship Awards awards $60,000 in scholarships each year to students who are participating in ISA's programs.
  • The Intern Group: Scholarships are provided to ambitious and global-minded individuals who live our organization's values: teamwork, global leadership, continuous learning, and people focus.
  • ISEP Travel Scholarships for ISEP students studying in Australia, Africa, South America, France, Germany, and Leiden University.
  • iVisa Annual Scholarship was created in 2017 with the purpose of helping students while promoting the love for travel and the different cultures around the world.
  • Japanese Government Scholarships for U.S. citizens living in Washington through the Consulate-General of Japan in Seattle. Scholarship benefits include: monthly stipend, airfare, arrival allowance, tuition, and accommodations. 
  • Japanese Government MEXT Scholarship Program: Since 1954, the Government of Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT or Monbukagakusho) has provided scholarships to assist students interested in studying at Japanese universities and/or performing research in Japan.
  • Killam Fellowship Program is for undergraduates students attending a four-year degree granting university that plans to study abroad in Canada. Student must have good academic standing, U.S. citizenship, superior academic record, and proficiency in English.
  • King Olav V Norwegian-American Heritage Fund: The Sons of Norway Foundation makes a positive impact through the distribution and award of scholarships and grants. We're dedicated to helping students achieve their educational goals, and steadfast in our work to empower youth, heritage and cultural projects throughout your communities.
  • Kosciuszko Foundation is dedicated to promote educational and cultural exchanges between the United States and Poland and to increase American understanding of Polish culture and history. Various scholarships available.
  • LIVFund Learn, Intern and Volunteer in Latin America: LIVFund offers its scholarship in 21 countries including Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay and Venezuela. The scholarship is open to anyone who meets the eligibility and needs help covering program or living abroad expenses.
  • Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a graduate degree in the United Kingdom. Up to forty scholars are selected each year to study at graduate level at an UK institution in any field of study. 
  • MoneyGeek Smarter Financial Decisions: This guide will introduce you to the costs of studying abroad, factors to consider in your planning, and the different financing options that may be available.
  • Morgan Stanley Japan Scholarship awards two $7,500 scholarships to US students who will be studying in Japan for the academic year. Eligible students include juniors and seniors at US universities with an interest in economics and international finance who have been accepted for study in Japan.
  • Morris K. Udall Scholarship: Awards of up to $5,000 for tuition, fees, room and board. Applicants must be either outstanding college sophomores or juniors intending a career in public policy, or current sophomores or juniors who are Native American or Alaska Native with outstanding potential and intending a career in health care or tribal policy. Must have at least a "B" average and be US citizen, resident alien, or US national.
  • NAFSA U.S. Study Abroad Scholarships and Grants ListA variety of organizations and institutions provide scholarships and grants for study abroad from the United States. Many provide assistance that is targeted to specific student populations (underrepresented student groups; African Americans; Asian Americans; Latino/Latina Americans; Native Americans; students with disabilities; gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgendered students). 
  • National Science Foundation encourages U.S. scientists, engineers, and their institutions to enhance their research and education programs through international cooperation. 
  • National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU): Program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. 
  • Phi Kappa Phi Internship and Study Abroad: These awards are designed specifically to recognize and assist undergraduates as they seek knowledge abroad or through work outside the academic setting.
  • Point Foundation (Point) The National LGBTQ Scholarship Fund: The nation’s largest higher education scholarship-granting organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) students.
  • The Pride Foundation provides essential financial resources and community support to LGBTQ students across the Northwest—particularly those who are vulnerable and continue to be marginalized.
  • The School for Field Studies Scholarships 
  • Scott’s Cheap Flights Study Abroad Scholarship
  • Semester at Sea/Diversity Abroad Scholarships: Made available through a partnership with DiversityAbroad.com, the Semester at Sea/Diversity Abroad Scholarships are awarded for summer and fall voyages. Scholarships are valued at 50% off the cost of the least expensive cabin category available at the time of confirmation. Up to five scholarships will be awarded for the fall voyage. Up to ten scholarships will be awarded for the summer voyage.
  • Shawn Carter Foundation-Gilman International Scholarship was founded on the belief that any motivated individual in need should have the opportunity to further his or her education. By removing some of the financial burdens associated with going to, surviving in, and graduating from college, the SCSF plays a vital role in increasing college access and success for many motivated yet underserved youth and young adults.
  • SIT Study Abroad awards nearly $1.3 million in scholarships and grants to SIT Study Abroad students. We encourage all qualified students to apply for our need-based scholarships.
  • StudyAbroad.com: Study Abroad scholarship search engine.
  • ThinkSwiss Research Scholarship supports highly motivated and qualified U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to do research at a public Swiss university or research institute for 2 to 3 months. The scholarship is open to students of all fields.
  • Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program funded by the U.S. Department of State, administered by Howard University, that attracts and prepares outstanding young people for Foreign Service careers in the U.S. Department of State.
  • Tortuga Backpacks Study Abroad Scholarship is awarded biannually to passionate students who want to explore the world.
  • University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC) awards over $1 million in scholarships and discounts each year to assist students with their study abroad expenses. A variety of funding opportunities are available for students enrolled in USAC programs.
  • U.S. Government Scholarships
  • Walter Jensen Scholarship for Study Abroad offers a scholarship for study abroad to a future teacher of French. Income from gifts of stock given by Mr. Jensen will fund one $2000 scholarship per year to help a student pay for a semester or year's study abroad. This award is intended to allow a deserving student to participate in a long-term study abroad experience he or she might not otherwise be able to afford. 
  • Wildlands Studies Scholarships: Applying for the Wildlands Studies Scholarship is a simple, three-step process.
  • Woodrow Wilson International Fellowship Foundation: Information on several multi-year scholarship programs for students, especially minorities, interested in international careers.