Scholarships and Additional Sources of Funding

Study Abroad Scholarships

CMC ONLY Scholarships:

Richard and Mary Butler Award
Funding: varies, usually $500 to $2,500 for one semester
Eligibility: CMC student in good academic and judicial standing with demonstrated financial need (already receiving financial aid); with very limited or no previous international experience including living or traveling abroad
Deadline: semester prior to study abroad

Wagener Family Awards for Sophomore Study Abroad
Funding: $2,500
Eligibility: CMC students approved to study abroad second-semester of sophomore year in a non-English speaking country; eligible for need-based financial aid; cumulative 9.0 CMC GPA
Deadline:  early November

National Scholarships
Boren Scholarship
Gilman Scholarship
DAAD Scholarship

Other Scholarships

BUTUX Scholarship
French Embassy Benjamin Franklin Travel Grant
AATJ-Bridging Scholarship
Diversity Abroad Scholarships
Turkish Coalition of America Scholarship
Fund for Education Abroad Scholarships
Rainbow Scholarship
Hostelling International Explore the World Travel Scholarship


Program Scholarships

Individual program providers have a range of merit and need-based scholarships.  Please visit your program provider's website to learn more.


Resources and Databases

Study Abroad Funding Search
UMN Abroad Funding Search
MSU Scholarship Search


Additional Sources of Funding

There are lots of places to find funding, but as with any scholarship quest it will require patience and perseverance. It may seem daunting, however the results may be rewarding.

Here are some ideas for you:

  • Check with departments and institutes on-campus for additional financial support. These departments may have funding for components of your study abroad such as research and internships.
  • Check with the ministry or department of education in your host country. They may have scholarships available to recruit international students to come study there. The British Council, Education Ireland, and Australian Education International are a few organizations.
  • Check with your program sponsor for scholarship opportunities.
  • Check with professional associations related to your career or field of study. Often they have scholarships available for students in the discipline and may even have specific study abroad scholarships.
  • There may be scholarships available for members of your ethnic group, gender, or ability. These scholarships may be for regular college attendance, but some of them can be used for study abroad.
  • Check with clubs, associations, and civic organizations in your hometown. Your family may also have connections to specific organizations, including your place of worship.
  • Try social media sites such as,,, or other fundraising sites.
  • Ask your friends and family to donate to your study abroad fund in lieu of gifts.
  • Ask family members to donate frequent flyer miles.
  • Alert local newspapers, radio and television stations about your plans for studying abroad, and see if they are interested in partnering with you for your efforts. Pitch ideas that are mutually beneficial such as writing regular letters to be published in the local paper or offering to do an interview upon returning.
  • Use search engines to search for scholarships. This is time-intensive, but may pay off. Many of these scholarships have specific criteria for eligibility. Some places to start your research: