The Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) has just opened applications for its next round of Scholars — underrepresented students who will receive up to $10,000 with help funding a full academic year of international education.
Since 2010, FEA has awarded over 100 scholarships — approximately $500,000 — to United States students with dreams of traveling abroad.
“With the goal of promoting diversity in study abroad, FEA supports minority, LGBTQI, first-generation, veterans, returning learners, disabled, and community college students, and students pursuing language instruction and non-traditional destinations,” reads an FEA press release.
On top of the general scholarships offered, LGBTQ students have an opportunity to apply for the Rainbow Scholarship.
“[The Rainbow Scholarship] is made possible by the generous support of a group of international education professionals who are committed to advocating on behalf of LGBTQI students,” reads the FEA website.
There are also other dedicated scholarships for minorities, athletes, specific areas of study and more.
Awarded students will also be invited to this year’s Gala, where past FEA scholarship winners will share their experiences studying abroad.
The goal of the program is to make study abroad opportunities more representational, giving underrepresented students a chance in a crowded market for scholarships.
“The Fund for Education Abroad … mission is to increase the opportunities for dedicated U.S. students to participate in high-quality, rigorous education abroad programs by reducing financial restrictions through the provision of grants and scholarships,” reads the press release.
“By changing the face of study abroad, FEA enables a compelling form of public diplomacy,” FEA Executive Director Jennifer Calvert said. “Opening doors and minds across the globe that help build connections critical to the development of the leaders of tomorrow.”
The application deadline is noon EST on January 11, 2017. For more information on how to apply, visit fundforeducationabroad.org.