That's why I love these two scholarship programs.
- http://www.borenawards.org/ This program has scholarships for undergraduates and fellowships for graduate students. These awards are extremely competitive, because they fully fund the study abroad program, and it funds study in areas that are of interest to national security (Western Europe is off the list, in other words). This scholarship does come with some strings attached, as recipients have to agree to work for the federal government.
- http://www.iie.org/programs/gilman-scholarship-program This program is for undergraduates who receive Pell grants. Participants can study anywhere except Cuba and countries on the State Department's Travel Warning List. The award can be up to $5,000, with $4,000 listed as the current average. In addition, if you're studying a critical language, you can apply for an additional award of $8,000 to support your study abroad program. If I were an undergraduate now, I would be learning Mandarin. (I'm still going to keep trying, but my old brain doesn't retain the characters.)
If you're interested in study abroad, speak Spanish, and would like to know more about my study abroad experience, I've written about it here.
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