Penn State Education Abroad Scholarships

The following scholarships are offered through the Education Abroad Office for students studying on approved Penn State programs. Penn State students participating in officially sponsored Education Abroad programs are eligible.

Grant-in-Aid Scholarship

The Grant-in-Aid Scholarship is issued through the Education Abroad Office for students studying on approved Penn State programs. Penn State students participating in officially sponsored Education Abroad programs are eligible to apply.  This scholarship is not guaranteed and is competitive.

Scholarship Description

Penn State Education Abroad offers named scholarships and trustee awards to qualified Penn State undergraduate students participating in semester Education Abroad (EA) programs. Based on specific donor requirements, merit, and/or financial need, awards are made during each of the three semesters (Summer, Fall, Spring) during the academic year.

Named scholarships are made available to regularly enrolled undergraduate students, who have been accepted into an Education Abroad program and meet the eligibility requirements of the scholarship.

  • Whitney Frankenberry Scholarship in International Programs
  • Charles and Lillian Binder Foreign Studies Grant-in-Aid
  • Graham B. and Sandra K. Spanier International Education Endowment
  • Janis Jacobs Study Abroad Fund
  • Judy Shepherd Education Abroad Award
  • Mel and Nancy Brown Family Endowment for Education Abroad
  • Michael and Grace Adewumi Trustee Scholarship in Global Programs
  • Michael J. and Aimee Rusinko Kakos Study Abroad Trustee Scholarship
  • Middle East Foreign Studies Grant
  • Semmer Scholarship for Education Abroad in Memory of Geoff Blatt
  • Sung and Fumi Lee Scholarship

Grant-in-Aid awards are made available to regularly enrolled undergraduate students, who have been accepted into an Education Abroad program and have demonstrated unmet financial need according to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA).

  • Alumni Association Undergraduate International Education Endowment
  • Study Abroad Grant-in-Aid
  • Penn State Alumni Association Education Abroad Scholarship

Eligibility

Full-time undergraduate Penn State students who are enrolled or planning to enroll in an officially recognized semester Education Abroad program are eligible. Applicants must have a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file with the Office of Student Aid, at the time of the application deadline, to be considered for need-based aid.

Application Deadlines

  • February 1 – summer programs
  • March 1 – academic year and fall programs
  • September 15 – spring programs

Award Amount

Awarded amounts will vary based on scholarship availability, scholarship requirements, and demonstrated unmet need.

  • Academic Year: $1,000-$2,000
  • Fall: $500-$1,500  
  • Spring: $500-$1,500
  • Summer: $500

How to Apply

Scholarship applications are available through your program application. After you have chosen a study abroad program, you should click "Apply Now" on the program page which will open a program application. The scholarship applications will be available in the questionnaire section of your program application. Please carefully read the eligibility requirements for each scholarship before completing the scholarship application questionnaire.

Award Recipient Selection

Recipients shall be selected by the Education Abroad Scholarship Committee. Factors considered, in consultation with the Office of Student Aid, are: financial need, demonstrated academic success (merit), duration of program of study, etc. Awards are made during each of the three semesters during the academic year. Awards are made one time only and are not negotiable.

Award Notification & Distribution

Notification of scholarship decision will be by email. Notification will occur before a student is expected to commit to their Education Abroad program. Awards will be distributed to the student’s account via the Office of the Bursar. An award may result in a decrease of the student’s loan amount. The award will be removed from the student's bursar account if the student changes program locations, withdraws from the program, does not participate in the program, or the program is cancelled. Awards are made one time only and are not negotiable.