Funding your program
With personal funding, your on-campus financial aid package and education abroad scholarships, studying abroad can be affordable! Begin the process by attending one of the workshops listed below. We invite you to take some time to look over the full list of available scholarships and see the FAQs to find the answers to your most important questions, including this year's scholarship essay question.
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Please note: You must complete a program application before you are eligible to complete a scholarship application. Your application to your program does NOT have to be approved before submitting your scholarship application. The scholarship deadline and application deadline are on the same day.
Learn more about the scholarship process, discuss the essay question, and talk about ways to make your application as competitive as possible.
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Frequently Asked QuestionsClick the arrow for more information
How do I apply for education abroad scholarships?
Scholarships are open to all full-time students on any approved education abroad program. Apply through your myGate under the "Financial Aid" tab. Click "Apply Now" in the scholarship section at the top center of the page. Detailed instructions for finding and completing the application can be found here. There are loads of scholarship funds, but all you have to do is answer a few questions in the scholarship application and the form will automatically let us know which funds you are eligible for.
Know that these education abroad scholarships are not the only source of funding available. There are also national scholarships you can apply for that we have listed at the bottom of this page. Because scholarships will not cover your entire program fee, you should also have a plan for how you will pay for the rest of the program fee. Education abroad scholarships can supplement your existing strategies for funding your education abroad, but you should not count on receiving the full cost for your program through education abroad scholarships.
Who is eligible for education abroad scholarships?
All degree-seeking students who have completed a study abroad application and will be receiving academic credit on their programs are eligible to apply for scholarships. Some of the scholarships have specific GPA or financial need requirements, but not all. The list of General Education Abroad Scholarships below are all of the scholarships you could possibly be eligible for just by submitting the application. You don't have to know which ones you qualify for; the scholarship system will automatically send your application to the appropriate committees for review.
Even if you do not qualify for Murray State scholarships you can still apply! The application process and requirements are completely separate from the general University Scholarship process. Many of our scholarships have no GPA requirements and take other factors, particularly financial need, into consideration as much as your academic performance.
Same goes for those who do not qualify for Federal Financial Aid. Financial need is a major requirement for most education abroad scholarships, but not all! The scholarship application contains a question where you're able to explain financial matters (if you're comfortable doing s0) such as loss of employment of a parent, multiple siblings in college, etc. Please use this question to appeal to the committee and give them additional information that might help their decision-making.
Make sure that your demographic and academic information is updated and correct in MyGate before starting your scholarship application.
Can I use my existing MSU scholarships, grants, or loans?
Federal financial aid can apply to the cost of education abroad programs. Grants and loans that you currently receive may be used for some programs abroad. Current scholarship awards such as the Presidential, Regents, KEES money, and many other sources may be used for education abroad, depending on the program you choose. Meet with our friends in Financial Aid and the Scholarship Office for all the details on how your aid can apply.
As part of the program application, every student has the option to complete a budget sheet that helps you understand the costs associated with your program and helps you start to plan for how you will pay for it. The Financial Aid Office and Scholarship Office complete a section of your budget sheet to let you know if you have existing Murray State aid that you can use. You can also schedule an appointment to meet with them in person to discuss your options.
What is the scholarship essay question?
The essay is one of the most important parts of your scholarship application, so make sure to put time and thought into your essay before the deadline.
Scholarship Essay: What political, historical, or current events do you find interesting
in the country/countries you're planning to study? How are they similar or different
to what you have experienced?
Essays should be researched, well written, and well organized without errors in spelling, grammar, or punctuation. Please do not bullet point. We are looking for a coherent essay in paragraph form. Max of 500 words.
Applicants are also encouraged to seek advice and editing assistance from the Racer Writing Center located in Waterfield Library.
How much aid can I expect to receive from education abroad scholarships?
When will I know how much I have received in scholarships?
What other ways can I fund my experience?
Please remember that while there are many education abroad scholarships available, they are very competitive and no one is guaranteed a scholarship. Scholarships should be considered a supplement to a pre-existing strategy for financing your education abroad since it is likely you will not be awarded enough money to cover your full program fee. Start planning early for additional ways to fund your education abroad such as:
- Working a summer job
- Asking local clubs, churches, businesses or charities to support you
- Cutting back expenditures in your daily life in order to save money
- Choosing a program that will accept the Murray State scholarships you are already receiving
- Taking out additional student loans or private loans
- Fundraising/crowdsourcing (try sites like FundMyTravel)
- Apply for program provider specific scholarships (i.e. KIIS, CCSA, ISA, CEA, etc.)
- Apply for national study abroad scholarships
- Tuition waivers and other benefits
General Education Abroad Scholarships
When you submit your Study Abroad Scholarship application through MyGate, you will become eligible for any of the following scholarships for which you meet the criteria. *There is an exception for the Bertrand Ball scholarship. Follow the link below.
- Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business
- Benson D. & Novalee Roberts Study Abroad Scholarship
- Bonnie & Cliff Higginson Study Abroad Scholarship
- College of Education & Human Services
- College of Humanities & Fine Arts
- Education Abroad Office Scholarship
- D. Scott & Kelli Burkeen Parsons Scholarship for International Study
- Dr. Hal & Jane Seaton Fund for Excellence in International Education
- Drs. Laurie & Tomas Hult Study Abroad Scholarship
- Jess D. Jones College of Science, Engineering and Technology
- LGBTQ+ Study Abroad Scholarship
- Moore Menendez Scholarship
- Sam & Bonnie McNeely Study Abroad Scholarship
- School of Nursing and Health Professions
- Bertrand Ball Global Languages Study Abroad Scholarship
- To be considered for this award, applicants must be a student in the Global Languages dept. and must complete the Bertrand Ball section of the study abroad scholarship application. Visit the Global Languages website for more details.
CCSA: The Cooperative Center for Study Abroad
CEA: Cultural Experiences Abroad
ISA: International Studies Abroad
KIIS: Kentucky Institute for International Studies Study Abroad Scholarships
Meg and Barry Brown Scholarship
The Meg and Barry Brown Scholarship will be awarded to one student on a KIIS summer program in the amount of $4,000. Eligible students must be Pell Grant eligible, be taking 6 credit hours on a summer KIIS program and apply for the scholarship and the program by the early application deadline of December 1. Applications can be found on the KIIS website.
Milton and Inger Grimes Endowment for Excellence
Students studying on any KIIS program are eligible to apply for this fund. Award amounts vary.
This scholarship is awarded to participants on KIIS programs only. One scholarship is available for each study abroad program offered by KIIS. Find the scholarship details, including application materials & deadlines, online at the KIIS Scholarships page.
Hunt & Jennye Sue Smock Scholarship Endowment for Spanish Language Immersion
Eligible students will be a currently-enrolled Murray State student with sophomore or junior status at the time of study abroad in any academic major. Must have completed 12 hours of college-level Spanish language study, and have a minimum GPA of 3.0. Must be returning to Murray State during the academic year following the study abroad program. Only KIIS program participants in Spanish language programs and taking at least one Spanish language course while abroad will be considered. Financial need will be a consideration (the Financial Statement of the scholarship application MUST be completed) and recipients of the scholarship may reapply in the future. Scholarships are awarded in minimum amounts of $1,000. Apply online with the Education Abroad Scholarship Application.
Student International Professional Development Award (SIPD)
This award is presented on a rolling basis for students who are invited to present a paper, perform, display artwork, or attend a conference in a foreign country. This award is NOT intended for traditional study abroad programs and those attending a study abroad program or internship for course credit are not eligible for the SIPD Award. Awards are generally provided in $500 increments and are supplied via a travel request or as a scholarship to the student account. Once you submit your SIPD application through Horizons, you will be considered for this scholarship.
Graduate Student and Research Awards
American- Scandinavian Foundation
Diverse Women of Color Scholarship
Benjamin A Gilman International
DAAD: German Academic Exchange Service
NSEP: David L. Boren Scholarships & Fellowships
Southeastern Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel Study Abroad Scholarship
Spain Cultural Ambassadors Program
Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants
Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants are designed to help support undergraduates as they seek knowledge and experience in their academic fields by studying abroad. Fifty $1,000 grants are awarded each year. Murray State students are eligible since Murray State has a Phi Kappa Phi chapter. You do not have to be a member of Phi Kappa Phi to apply. Deadline is April 1.
Fund for Education Abroad
FEA is committed to increasing the opportunities for dedicated American students to participate in high-quality, rigorous education abroad programs by reducing financial restrictions through the provision of grants and scholarships.
FEA General Scholarship:
Funding Amount: up to $10,000
Number of Scholarships Awarded: up to 15
Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents currently enrolled as undergraduates in US universities/colleges who plan to study abroad for at least four weeks. Fund for Education Abroad awards are intended to support students planning to participate in high-quality, rigorous education abroad programs. The financial support for these scholarships is provided by generous donors, who are committed to increasing study abroad opportunities for dedicated American students.
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Look for Additional Scholarship Opportunities
Don't give up on study abroad due to the lack of funds. Check out these search engines to see what else is waiting for you:
- Study Abroad Funding
- IEFA: International Education Financial Aid
- British Council– for scholarships in England, Scotland and Wales
- Diversity Abroad has a database of scholarships available for minority students, but also several listings of scholarships they offer themselves, including a Blog Abroad scholarship.