Gilman Scholarships 101

The Spring 2013 Gilman Scholarship application is now open!

What does this mean for you?   How do you apply?  What makes for a competitive application?  What do you need to know?

This fall, the Education Abroad office is offering Gilman Scholarships 101, a comprehensive guide to applying for a Gilman Scholarship!  Check in on the blog every week for updates and tips for your Gilman application.

Read on for the first five steps to a Gilman Scholarship…

1) Read through the Gilman Selection Criteria to see if you are eligible. Do you receive a Pell Grant?  Are you a US Citizen or US National?  Do you plan to study abroad during Spring 2013?

2) If you answered yes to all of these questions and would like to apply, contact to set up an appointment with an advisor.

3) Begin your application online.  Draft your Statement of Purpose essay and submit it to the Education Abroad Office.

4) An Education Abroad advisor will give you feedback about your essay and help you to make a competitive application.

5) Submit your revised materials by September 17th to the Education Abroad office.  We will work together to polish your application before the Gilman deadline of October 2nd, 2012.

Best of luck future VCU Gilman scholars – we look forward to working with you!

New Study Abroad Scholarship!

In the next few days you might notice a new addition to the External Scholarships page of the VCU Education Abroad website.
Go! Overseas offers study abroad students the opportunity to be awarded as much as $1,000 to help them offset the cost of their program. Students are able to apply online by filling out an online scholarship application for one of their Study Abroad Scholarships!
There are three types of scholarships available:
* Go! Study Abroad Scholarship
* Go! Teach Abroad Scholarship
* Go! Volunteer Abroad Scholarship
It is also important to note that Go! Overseas awards their scholarships based on the creativity and the critical thinking skills they reveal in their application. If you have any questions about the scholarships or the application process, please refer to their Frequently Asked Questions page. The deadline for the Fall 2011 scholarships is 15 September 2011. Good luck!

Scholarship Opportunities with Amerispan!

Amerispan College Study Abroad has offered (2) $500.00 scholarships to be used by VCU students who plan to register for Amerispan College Study Abroad programs.
The programs that qualify for the $500.00 scholarship amount can be found at the following link,
Also being offered are (2) $250.00 scholarships that can be used on any AmeriSpan program 4 weeks or longer. This includes standard immersion programs, SALUD medical travel, volunteer, professional, fun and others.
These scholarships will be given to the first students who sign up- first come, first served! If you are interested in signing up and are using an Amerispan program, please email VCU Education Abroad at and tell us which program you are signed up for.
As with all non-VCU programs, remember to register with VCU Education Abroad. Registration information and materials can be found on our website:
If you are interested in this or other study abroad programs, contact VCU Education Abroad at

Boren Scholarship Information Session Wednesday, October 20 @ 12pm

Join the Honors College for an information session regarding Boren Scholarships and Fellowships!
Boren Scholarships and Fellowships offer unique opportunities for U.S. undergraduates and graduate students to study abroad in world regions critical to U.S. interests (including Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin American & the Caribbean, and the Middle East). The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded.
The information session will be held Wednesday, October 20 at 12:00 pm in the Honors College, 701 W. Grace Street. We hope you can attend!

Blogging Scholarship! Deadline October 21, 2010 is giving a $10,000 scholarship to one U.S. student who blogs! Remember, you can use financial aid such as loans, grants and scholarships to study abroad! The deadline for applications is October 21, 2010.
For more information on The Blogging Scholarship and to apply, go to the website.
For more information on study abroad options, please contact VCU Education Abroad at

Attention ISEP Applicants: Scholarship Opportunity!

ISEP is accepting nominations from U.S. member institutions for student scholarships funded through The New York Community Trust-Annette Kade Fund.
Annette Kade $2,000 Scholarships – semester and full year students (2 available for Semester 2 of 2010-11)
Annette Kade $1,000 Scholarships – semester and full year students (5 available for Semester 2 of 2010-11)
Grants will be awarded to U.S. ISEP academic year and semester exchange participants in order to support students with a genuine interest in studying abroad but do not have sufficient financial resources. The award criteria for the scholarships include academic background, desire to improve language ability, and genuine financial need.

Must be a U.S. ISEP nominee for France, Germany, Austria or Switzerland (full year, semester, or the combined semester/summer ISEP-Direct program at Marburg).

ISEP Scholarship Application Form (PDF) signed and endorsed by home ISEP coordinator.

Two completed essays.

Mandatory completion of a post-exchange student evaluation form.

Essay Questions:
All applicants must submit a response to two essay questions- the first based on financial need and the second relating to the culture/language of the host country.
Applications are available to download now on the ISEP website. All nominations should be submitted to ISEP by October 15, 2010. Scholarship recipients will be notified in late November.

Scholarship for Athena Study Abroad

Athena Study Abroad is offering one (1) $500 scholarship exclusively to a VCU student who studies abroad on one of Athena’s programs during the Spring 2011 semester!
Scholarship Amount
$500 scholarship toward standard tuition fees of any Athena Study Abroad program for the Spring 2011 semester. Locations include: Sydney, Australia; Paros Island, Greece; Florence, Italy; Rome, Italy; Tuscania, Italy; Venice, Italy; Seville, Spain; Dublin Ireland; Tour of Italy (3 cities, 1 semester).
Selection Criteria

  • Limited to college students currently enrolled at VCU
  • Eligible students must be accepted into one of Athena’s Spring 2011 semester programs
  • Must have a GPA above 2.80
  • Must submit a 250 word essay answering the question: “If I had $1,000,000 how would I change the world?”

Athena VCU Scholarship.doc

Athena Study Abroad website

For complete information and to apply, see the attached document. For information on this and other study abroad programs, contact VCU Education Abroad at

New Scholarship Opportunity! The Fund for Education Abroad

The Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) invites applications from undergraduate students for FEA scholarships!
Scholarships, of up to $5,000, are intended to support students planning to participate in high-quality, rigorous education abroad programs of 4-weeks or longer during the 2011-2012 academic year or summer 2012.
Application deadline is November 15, 2010.
* Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.
* Must be currently enrolled as an undergraduate at a U.S. college or university
* Must be applying for a study abroad program eligible for credit at the student’s educational institution
* Must plan to study abroad for a minimum of 4 weeks in country
* Is committed to supporting education abroad in his/her campus community through work with the FEA and his/her campus education abroad staff upon return
* Applying to a study abroad program known for its academic rigor and immersion elements
* Applying to a study abroad program that includes studying the language of the host country (if not English)
* Applying to a study abroad program with a sustainable service-learning or volunteering component
* Applying to a study abroad program in a non-traditional destination
* Demonstrates financial need
* FEA strongly encourages students to apply who represent a group that is traditionally underrepresented in education abroad
For more information and to apply, visit the website:
To learn more about studying abroad, contact VCU Education Abroad at

Gilman Scholarship Deadline September 28!

The internal VCU deadline for students applying for the Gilman Scholarship is September 28!
The Gilman Scholarship is a Department of State-funded, highly competitive scholarship for students who will be studying abroad for four weeks or longer. Any student who is currently eligible to receive a Pell Grant is eligible to apply. Students may receive up to $5,000 in funding.
Gilman Scholarship
For more information on this and other study abroad funding options, please contact VCU Education Abroad at!