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Diversity Study Abroad Scholarship

    Purpose

    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.
    • Carlson School of Management students participating in Carlson Global Institute (CGI) programs, including the self-designed international experience (IBUS 3999), are eligible to apply. 
    • Students who obtain college approval to participate in a nonaffiliated program or directed study are eligible. 
    • 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. 

    Essays

    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

    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.

    How have your diverse backgrounds and identities influenced your decision to learn abroad? What challenges and growth opportunities unique to your identities do you anticipate throughout your time abroad? How might your lived experiences prepare you for these challenges? (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. 

    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 has passed). 

    Term Amount Deadline Date Notification Date

    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

    $2,500 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 Session 2020

    $1,500 February 19, 2020 By April 1, 2020
    Fall Semester 2020 $2,500 April 8, 2020 By May 20, 2020 
    Academic Year 2020-2021  $4,000 April 8, 2020 By May 20, 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.

    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