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.
how thoroughly you answer the specific essay questions
how well written your essay is, in terms of grammar, punctuation and organization
This application is comprised of 2 separate essay questions:
Essay Question #1
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)
Essay question #2
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.
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 Matt McGilvray 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' UMN email accounts 4-6 weeks after the deadline.
|Term of Study||Deadline Date||Notification Date|
|Winter Break 2018
Fall 1-2 week 2018
Fall 2-8 week 2018
Calendar Year 2018
Spring 1-2 week 2018
Spring 2-8 week 2018
Academic Year 2018–19
|September 20, 2017||October 20, 2017|
Spring 1-2 week 2018
February 7, 2018
March 9, 2018
|Fall 1-2 week
Fall 2-8 week
|Spring 1-2 week
Spring 2-8 week
The number of scholarships awarded by deadline may vary depending on the pool of applicants and the funding available.
How to submit your application:
Paper, faxed, or emailed applications will not be accepted