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Financial Need Scholarship

    Purpose

    The Learning Abroad Center’s Financial Need Scholarship provides study abroad awards for University of Minnesota undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need.

    This scholarship is intended to:

    • ease the financial barrier of study abroad for students with significant financial need.

    • provide assurance of funding earlier in the process and encourage early financial planning. Recipients have up to one year to use their award.

    • increase representation of economically disadvantaged students on study abroad programs.

    The Financial Need scholarship is not merit based and awards are granted based 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.
    • Applicants must demonstrate financial need by having a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file. For the purpose of this scholarship, “financial need” is defined as being eligible for subsidized loans during the academic year you plan to study abroad. Eligibility can be based either on your current on campus costs OR on the estimated cost of participation in your study abroad program. To determine if you are eligible for subsidized loans, follow these instructions or schedule a financial aid preview meeting. The Learning Abroad Center verifies eligibility with Onestop for all potential awardees. 
    • 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 essay questions
    • how well written your essay is, in terms of grammar, punctuation and organization

    Essay Questions

    This application is comprised of 2 separate essay questions:

    1. General study abroad essay (required)
    2. Financial need essay (required)

    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 from economically disadvantaged backgrounds often have a different undergraduate experience than the wider student body. Based on your financial need, why is it important that you receive this particular scholarship to support your experience? Elaborate on the specifics of your financial circumstances that impact your ability to study abroad, and how you plan to supplement this scholarship with other work, scholarship, loans, and funding opportunities. (300 words maximum)

    Visit the Learning Abroad Center Scholarship Portal to learn more about specific essay questions and requirements.

    Deadlines & Award Amounts

    You can apply to the scholarship up to a year in advance. If you do not receive the scholarship the first time you apply, you can apply again.

    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 award can be used for any term listed for the application cycle during which you apply. If you change terms later your award amount may be adjusted. If the term you change to is shorter than the term you received the scholarship for, your award amount will decrease. If the term you change to is longer than the term you received the scholarship for, your award amount will remain the same.

    Scholarship notification emails will be sent to all applicants' UofM email accounts 4–6 weeks after the deadline.

    Term of Study Deadline Date  Notification Date

    Spring Break 2019
    May Session 2019
    May Session 2019 (Spring 2019 on-campus course)
    Summer 2019
    Fall Semester 2019
    Academic Year 2019–20
    Winter Break 2019-20
    Winter Break 2019-20 (Fall 2019 on-campus course) 
    Winter Break 2019-20 (Spring 2020 on-campus course)
    Spring Semester 2020
    Calendar Year Spring 2020-Fall 2020

    February 6, 2019

    By March 20, 2019

    Winter Break 2019-20
    Winter Break 2019-20 (Fall 2019 on-campus course) 
    Winter Break 2019-20 (Spring 2020 on-campus course)
    Spring Semester 2020
    Calendar Year Spring 2020-Fall 2020
    Spring Break 2020
    May Session 2020
    May Session 2020 (Spring 2020 on-campus course)
    Summer 2020
    Fall Semester 2020
    Academic Year 2020-21

    September 18, 2019

    By October 30, 2019

     Award Amounts

    Term Amount
    Academic Year $4,500
    Fall Semester  $3,000

    Winter Break
    Winter Break (Fall on-campus course)
    Winter Break (Spring on-campus course)

    $1,500
    Calendar Year  $4,500
    Spring Semester  $3,000
    Spring Break $1,500
    May Session
    May Session (Spring on-campus course)
    $1,500
    Summer Session $2,000

     

    The number of scholarships awarded by deadline may vary depending on the pool of applicants and the funding available.

    Submit Your Application

    • Check the scholarship deadlines for the term you will be studying abroad.
    • 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