Financial Aid & Scholarships

 

FINANCIAL AID:

Paying for a study abroad program is usually the biggest hurdle for students. The best advice is to start planning early and create a special account for study abroad funds.

First: Review the Frequently Asked Questions for Study Abroad Programs

Second: If you have not done so already, complete FAFSA at http://federalstudentaid.ed.gov/

Third: Make an appointment to speak with Terri Galusha in the Financial Aid Office (I4-107) at San Diego Mesa College, (619) 388-2956, or email her at tgalusha@sdccd.edu

FUNDRAISING & SCHOLARSHIPS:

CRITICAL LANGUAGE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM (CLS): CLS is a program of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and it is part of a U.S. government effort to dramatically expand the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages. CLS is a fully funded overseas language program for American undergraduate and graduate students. With the goal of broadening the base of Americans studying and mastering critical languages and to build relationships between the people of the United States and other countries, CLS provides study opportunities to a diverse range of students from across the United States at every level of language learning. The CLS Program seeks participants with diverse interests, from a wide variety of fields of study, backgrounds and career paths, with the purpose of representing the full diversity of professional, regional, cultural and academic backgrounds in the United States.

Students of diverse disciplines and majors are encouraged to apply. Languages offered: Beginning levels [Azerbaijani, Bengali, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Punjabi, Turkish, Urdu]; Advanced Beginning / Intermediate levels [Arabic, Persian]; Intermediate and Advanced levels [Chinese, Japanese, Russian]

 You can learn more about CLS by visiting the program website (www.clscholarship.org) or by attending one of the webinars. The webinars are open to students, faculty, staff and administrators so please spread the word!

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program will be hosting 3 webinars this fall. Each webinar will give an overview of the CLS Program but also dive into a specific topic related to the program.

Webinar #1

Date & TimeThursday, October 2, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EST.

Topic: This webinar will provide an overview of the CLS Program and its benefits, the application process, and how institutions can recruit and support students studying critical languages on their campuses (particularly underrepresented students in study abroad). 

Link to access the webinar (on the day of the event)http://live.wiziq.com/aliveext/LoginToSession.aspx?SessionCode=PsrbZbjAq5Z9U8UhJDwIxA%3d%3d

RSVP: Please RSVP to Sarah Bartfeld at sbartfeld@americancouncils.org

Webinar #2

Date & TimeWednesday, October 8th 2014 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EST.

Topic: This webinar will focus on possible obstacles that community college students face when thinking about studying abroad and challenges these students may encounter while on program (as well as the support they will receive from CLS staff before and during the program).

Link to access the webinar (on the day of the event)http://live.wiziq.com/aliveext/LoginToSession.aspx?SessionCode=o%2bKldBparDt8JkY4P6QZEw%3d%3d

RSVP: Please RSVP to Sarah Bartfeld at sbartfeld@americancouncils.org

Webinar #3

Date & TimeFriday, October 17th, 2014 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. EST.

Topic: This webinar will provide information about the CLS Program, offer tips for a successful application and give ample time for Q&A. This webinar will focus heavily on application tips and will go into this topic in depth.

Link to access the webinar (on the day of the event)http://live.wiziq.com/aliveext/LoginToSession.aspx?SessionCode=3iIkUsfTXOgsaYhgDDeAbQ%3d%3d

RSVP: Please RSVP to Sarah Bartfeld at sbartfeld@americancouncils.org 

For questions and to RSVP, please contact Sarah Bartfeld by email at:sbartfeld@americancouncils.org  (preferred method) or by phone at: 202-833-7522

-Summer 2014 Winners: David Thompson (Persian in Tajikistan) and Amanda Morse (Urdu in India)

 

GILMAN AWARDS: Gilman Scholarships are sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State. To be eligible for a $3,000-$5,000 scholarship, you must be a U.S. citizen, currently enrolled at a two- or four-year accredited institution, and receive Federal Pell Grant funding. The scholarships are for academic programs in any country except Cuba or a country on the Department of State’s Travel Warning List. They apply to summer programs, but you must study in at least one country for four consecutive weeks.

-Click here for Mesa College in Madrid Summer 2014 Info.
-Click here for a Gilman Study Abroad Scholarship Overview. Your essays are a critical part of the application. Click here for a walk through on how to write competitive essays.  It is also advisable to review the essays that our past Gilman Scholarship Winner students have written. Essay #1Essay #2

 

BOREN AWARDS: The National Security Education Program funds Boren Scholarships, which include $8,000 for summer programs, $10,000 for a full semester, and $20,000 for an academic year. The scholarships promote study in geographic areas that are underrepresented in study abroad programs and deemed critical to U.S. interests and national security. This scholarship is ideal for students who are committed to pursuing a career in the federal government. (Deadline: early February, annually)

 

FULBRIGHT SCHOLARSHIP: Scholarships for study, research, or teaching abroad. Applications are to ONE specific country.

 

GATES CAMBRIDGE SCHOLARSHIP: Awarded to students from outside the UK to study at Cambridge. The program aims to build a global network of future leaders committed to improving the lives of others.

CROWD FUNDING: www.gofundme.com

ENVISION: Global Leaderships Scholarships

Scholarships - Online Directory

The Institute for International Education (IIE) announces an online directory at www.StudyAbroadFunding.org to help increase diversity in study abroad. In addition to the traditional country and field of study search options, award entries are now searchable by categories such as race and ethnicity, gender, and selections for student leaders and athletes, low-income students, students with disabilities and a variety of other designations.

ALPHA KAPPA ALPHA – The Foundation awards Merit, Financial Need and Youth Partners Accessing Capital (P.A.C.) scholarships.

ARTHUR H. GOODMAN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND – Awards scholarships ranging from $1,500-$3,000 to minority students and working women who better their community.

CALIFORNIA COLLEGES FOR INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION click on “enter,” click on POCCSA grant activities. $250 - $1,500 scholarships are available. Deadline is November 15 for spring programs, May 15 for fall programs.

COCA COLA SCHOLARSHIPS – Prestigious scholarships for students in various fields of study.

FASTWEB.COM – American college scholarship database, the internet’s largest free scholarship search.

HISPANIC COLLEGE FUND – Scholarships for Hispanic Students.

INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION FINANCIAL AID – IEFA is the premier internet resource for financial aid information for students wishing to study in a foreign country

MESA COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS – Each year, Mesa College awards over $90,000 in scholarships to Mesa College students. The 2014 scholarship application process has launched and will close on Thursday, February 27, 2014. All Mesa College students are encouraged to apply. If you've applied to study in Spain in Summer 2014, click here to apply fo the Mesa Foundation Study Abroad Scholarship.

SAN DIEGO FOUNDATION – A website of San Diego Community Database.

STUDENTAWARDS.COM – Students can search from thousands of unique scholarships, bursaries, grants and other forms of financial assistance.

STUDYABROAD.COM – Financial aid advertising page for students.

STUDYABROADFUNDING.ORG – The Institute for International Education (IIE) announces an online directory StudyAbroadFunding.org to help increase diversity in study abroad. In addition to the traditional country and field of study search options, award entries are now searchable by categories such as race and ethnicity, gender, and selections for student leaders and athletes, low-income students, students with disabilities and a variety of other designations.

STUDY ABROAD LOANS – Loans to fund your study abroad programs. Ask the Chamber of Commerce for names of American companies owned by foreign companies and approach these U.S. companies for money. Go to the website of these companies and look for foundation/scholarship information.

The Rotary Foundation Grants- The Rotary Foundation Grants is ending the Ambassadorial Scholarship program. The Foundation will offer scholarship in the form of district and global grants, and there are no restrictions onthe amount of the scholarship.

Foundation for Global Scholars General Scholarship -Any student enrolled in a North American college or university is eligible for this scholarship. The Foundation awards over 200 scholarships each year, and the average amount is $1,000. It can apply to summer, semester, academic year, and service learning programs, as well as internships and research projects.

Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants -The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi awards fifty $1,000 grants to undergraduates who enroll in an accredited study abroad program. You don’t need to be a member of Phi Kappa Phi, but you must attend an institution with an active chapter. To qualify, you must have at least a 3.75 GPA.

Global Studies Foundation Student Grants -The Global Studies Foundation offers this award to students who are already studying abroad in an accredited program. It gives preference to students studying languages and countries of special interest to the U.S. Departments of State and Defense. The Foundation expects award recipients to share their study abroad experience with multiple audiences and through varied media.

James J. Davis Memorial Scholarship - Funded through Kymanox, a technical products and project management company, this scholarship supports students who will study abroad during the subsequent academic year. Only one scholarship is awarded each year, and the winner receives $1,000 for educational-related expenses.

Bridging Scholarship for Study in Japan -The Bridging Project offers these scholarships to undergraduates who study abroad in Japan. It awards approximately 100 scholarships each year to help students with travel and living expenses. There are no restrictions on your intended course of study, and Japanese language study is not a prerequisite. Awards are $2,500 for semester programs and $4,000 for academic year programs. Summer programs are not eligible.

Freeman Asia Scholarship -The Freeman Foundation sponsors this scholarship for undergraduates pursuing study abroad in East or Southeast Asia. It’s intended to help students with travel and living expenses. To qualify, you must have a 2.8 GPA.