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Education Abroad Scholarships Available:
Helping students realize their study abroad dreams

By: Tianna Harris
VCU Global Education Office
Phone: (804) 828-3636

RICHMOND, Va. (Oct. 9, 2014) For some students, the dream of studying abroad can become an illusion when they consider the financial implications of doing so. But the Virginia Commonwealth University Global Education Office is helping students make their study abroad dream a reality by providing Education Abroad scholarships.

The Education Abroad office offers six different scholarship opportunities that award between five hundred and two thousand dollars each to help students study around the world.

Through Oct. 15, the office is accepting online applications for scholarships that will fund participation in spring and winter programs.

Last spring, VCU junior Jessica Evans was awarded one thousand dollars to study accounting in Guatemala through the New Horizons scholarship. This scholarship is dedicated to students who select non-traditional study abroad locations – those outside of Australia, New Zealand and Western Europe.

“I chose the New Horizons scholarship after speaking with an advisor in the Education Abroad office,” Evans said. “I knew I wanted to study in South America, and once I understood the process, I figured I was best off applying in this category.”

In addition to New Horizons, other scholarship categories include:

  • Global Engagement: For students who engage in their host communities through meaningful activities including service-learning or other interactive projects

  • International Research Collaboration: For undergraduate and graduate VCU students who engage in collaborative research projects with counterparts overseas as part of a credit-earning program
  • Professional & Academic Development: For students who clearly state the impact study abroad will have on their future academic and career goals

  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM): For students who major in under-represented fields of study
  • Worldview: For students from groups who statistically do not study abroad. This scholarship may include, but is not limited to, students with diverse backgrounds, disabilities and first generation college students

Evans’ advice for others looking into studying abroad is to not only talk with an advisor, but start planning early and take advantage of as many scholarship opportunities as possible.

In addition to scholarships offered by the Education Abroad office, there are many external scholarships that can be used to fund study abroad programs. For more information about external study abroad scholarships, visit: global.vcu.edu/abroad/students/funding/externalscholarships/.

“Part of the university’s strategic plan is to encourage students to invest in their future by adding an international experience to their education,” said Education Abroad program manager Nasha Lewis, who manages the scholarship program. “Since our office is entrusted with that, we also want to provide funding opportunities for students.”

The applications for Education Abroad scholarships are available now on their website at www.global.vcu.edu/abroad

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