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Study Abroad Scholarships

International Education Scholarship Application

The International Education Scholarship (IES) is available to all current Alamo Community Colleges District students who will be participating in an Alamo Community Colleges District approved Study Abroad program. Study Abroad programs include faculty-led programs, third-party affiliated provider programs, and exchange programs. 

To be eligible for consideration, students must meet the following requirements:

1.         Enroll in one of the colleges in the Alamo Community Colleges District (Students not enrolled at the Alamo Community
            Colleges District are not eligible.)
2.         Complete or in the process of completing a minimum of 12 academic credit hours by the time of travel
3.         Good academic standing
4.         Be clear from all Financial Aid holds
5.         Enroll in a Study Abroad program - Summer programs 3 hours; fall or Spring Semester programs 12 hours
6.         Have a minimum cumulative Alamo Community Colleges District 2.5 GPA
7.         Must not have previously received the International Education Scholarship

Fall Deadline: December 8, 2023
Spring Deadline: February 9, 2024 

The essays below are past winners:

IES Winner 1.pdf
IEW WInner.pdf


Benjamin Gilman Scholarship International Scholarship Program

The U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship is a grant program that enables students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad, thereby gaining skills critical to our national security and economic competitiveness.
The Gilman Scholarship Program is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.

Fund for Education Abroad

Eligibility Requirements To be eligible for an FEA scholarship, you must be:
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Currently enrolled as an undergraduate at a college or university in the U.S. (graduate students are not eligible)
  • Study abroad program must be eligible for credit at the student’s home institution
FEA 2023

Fulbright U.S. Student Program
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English Teaching Assistant Programs.  A candidate will submit a Statement of Grant Purpose defining activities to take place during one academic year in a participating country outside the U.S.

During their grants, Fullbright participants will meet, work, live with, and learn from the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences.  The program facilitates cultural exchange through direct interaction on an individual basis in the classroom, field, home, and in routine tasks, allowing the grantee to gain an appreciation of others’ viewpoints and beliefs, the way they do things, and the way they think. Through engagement in the community, the individual will interact with their hosts on a one-to-one basis in an atmosphere of openness, academic integrity, and intellectual freedom, thereby promoting mutual understanding.

Grant lengths and dates vary by country. Please consult the specific country summary for details. 

Critical Language Scholarship

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is an intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for American students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities. The program includes intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains.

CLS is part of a wider government initiative to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering foreign languages that are critical to national security and economic prosperity. CLS plays an important role in preparing students for the 21st century's globalized workforce and increasing national competitiveness.

The Critical Language Scholarship Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and administered by American Councils for International Education.

Boren Scholarship Awards

The Boren Scholarships, an initiative of the National Security Education Program, provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded.

Boren Scholars represent a vital pool of highly motivated individuals who wish to work in the federal national security arena. In exchange for funding, Boren Scholars commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation.

Maximum scholarship award amounts are:  
  • $8,000 for a summer program (special initiative for STEM students only; 8 weeks minimum)
  • $10,000 for a semester
  • $20,000 for 6 - 12 months

Length of Study

The Boren Scholarships promote long-term linguistic and cultural immersion, and therefore study abroad proposals for two or more semesters are strongly encouraged. Preference will be given to undergraduate applicants proposing a course of study that is at least 6 months overseas. Boren-funded programs can begin no earlier than June 1 of the application year.  Summer-only programs must be eight (8) weeks or more and are limited to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) students.


Rotary Foundation

The Rotary Foundation and clubs invest in our future leaders and philanthropists by funding scholarships for undergraduate and graduate study. Rotary Foundation at   

Other Scholarships

Remember to apply for as many scholarships as possible as early as you can to reduce the cost of your Study Abroad program. Be sure to look beyond your college scholarships, and ask the Office of International Programs for further information. Study abroad scholarships include merit-based, student-specific, destination-specific, program-specific, and subject-specific opportunities for financial support.

For a comprehensive listing of scholarships and funding, check out IIE Passport’s Study Abroad Funding site.