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Diversity Study Abroad Scholarship


    The Learning Abroad Center’s Diversity Study Abroad Scholarship provides awards for University of Minnesota undergraduate students of diverse backgrounds and identities. This scholarship is intended to:

    • motivate underrepresented students to go abroad by easing the financial barrier
    • increase representation of diverse viewpoints on study abroad programs

    For the purpose of this scholarship, diversity may include (but is not limited to) cultural, gender, sexual orientation, disability, age, first generation college students, military, ethnic or racial identities that contribute to the diversity of the student body. This scholarship is not need or merit based, and awards are granted on the strength of a student’s essay.

    Eligibility Requirements

    • Must be enrolled as a degree-seeking undergraduate student on the Twin Cities or Rochester campuses at the time of applying. 
    • Must be participating in a credit-bearing study abroad program.
    • Non-affiliated and directed study programs are eligible as long as the Learning Abroad Center nonaffiliated program application process or the directed study application process  is completed before the program application process deadline.
    • Students planning to study abroad after graduation can apply for a scholarship while still a degree-seeking student and use the award for a program during the term immediately following their graduation term, i.e. apply during fall semester to go abroad winter break or spring semester, or apply during spring to go abroad during May or summer.
    • Students can apply for any or all of the Learning Abroad Center scholarships (Study Abroad, Diversity, and Financial Need) for which they are eligible. It is possible to be awarded both the Diversity and Financial Need scholarships. Students awarded the Diversity or Financial Need scholarships cannot also receive the Study Abroad scholarship. 
    • Graduate students may complete an application and will only be considered for private donor scholarships for which they are eligible


    Essays will be evaluated based on:

    • how thoroughly you answer the specific questions outlined below
    • how well written your essay is, in terms of grammar, punctuation and organization

    Essay Questions

    Essay Question #1

    What motivated you to select your particular study abroad program? Address any academic, career, and/or personal goals that were part of your decision, and expand on one or more of them.* (350 words maximum)

    • “Academic” goals do not need to be related to your major; we are looking for you to describe how the program coursework and/or components are relevant to your goals. 
    • Regardless of what type of goal(s) you are focusing on, explain how your goal(s) enhances intellectual learning.

    Essay Question #2

    Students with diverse backgrounds and identities often have a different undergraduate experience than the wider student body. How has your identity influenced your decision to learn abroad? How do you anticipate your experiences, including barriers you’re working to overcome, will impact and prepare you for your learning abroad program? (350 words maximum)

    Deadlines & Award Amounts

    Apply for the deadline based on the Education Abroad Term found on the Apply section of your Program page. Contact Kelley Redmond if you are unsure of your program term or have any questions. 

    Term Amount Deadline Date Notification Date

    Fall Semester 2019

    $2,500 April 10, 2019 By May 15, 2019
    Academic Year 2019–20 $4,000 April 10, 2019 By May 15, 2019

    Winter Break 2019-20
    Winter Break 2019-20 (Fall 2019 on-campus course)
    Winter Break 2019-20 (Spring 2020 on-campus course)

    $1,000 October 9, 2019 By November 20, 2019

    Spring Semester 2020

    $2,000 October 9, 2019 By November 20, 2019

    Calendar Year Spring 2020-Fall 2020

    $4,000 October 9, 2019 By November 20, 2019

    Spring Break 2020

    $1,000 February 19, 2020 By April 1, 2020

    May Session 2020
    May Session 2020 (Spring 2020 on-campus course)

    $1,000 February 19, 2020 By April 1, 2020

    Summer 2020

    $1,500 February 19, 2020 By April 1, 2020

    The number and amount of awards may vary depending on the pool of applicants and the funding available. Additional programs may become eligible for scholarships after the posting of this information.

    Applications must be submitted by 11:59 pm on the deadline date. Scholarship notification emails will be sent to all applicants' UofM email accounts 4–6 weeks after the deadline.

    The application for your term abroad will become available after the current deadline has passed. (For example, if you are studying abroad in Fall, you cannot apply until after the May/Summer scholarship deadline). 

    Submit Your Application

    1. Check the scholarship deadlines for the term you will be studying abroad.
    2. Begin filling out your scholarship application and essay and submit via the Learning Abroad Center Online Scholarship Portal. Applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on the application deadline date, no exceptions. 
      • Once in the portal you have to 'SIGNUP' for an account every time you start an application for a different scholarship. Use the 'LOGIN' to access an application you have already started.
      • Paper, faxed, or emailed applications will not be accepted