External Scholarships

Kimberly at the Cathedral

Gilman Global Experience

             Mother of two. Caretaker of my disabled mother. Poor. Woman. Native American.  Full time student. Work four jobs.  Had to start life over again after a divorce. All of these are reasons that study abroad never seemed like it would ever be an option for me. One day while in class, I received an email about a study abroad 2 week trip to Berlin, Germany. There was an interest meeting so I showed up.  The professor immediately sold me on the trip. I just had to go.  So I applied for a scholarship, saved every dime I possibly could, and I went. Needless to say, besides having my boys, that was the best experience of my life.  So I started pondering the thought of actually doing a whole semester abroad.

              After consulting with my boys, I decided that I was going to go for it. But how could I afford this? This would be impossible for me to afford. However, after speaking with Mr. Brandt (who is awesome by the way) at The Office of Global Engagement, he mentioned that I should apply for the Gilman Scholarship. I was a little intimidated at first because I knew it was very competitive. However, my determination to study abroad outweighed my fear. I spent my free time working on the scholarship and meeting with my former professors to look over my essays. Honestly, I did not know if I had a shot but I gave it my best effort. 

               It was at my oldest son’s high school graduation that I got the email that I was a provisional recipient of the Gilman. I looked over at him waving at me with his cap and gown on and I began to cry tears of joy. I was proud of him. I was proud of myself. I knew at that moment that little old me, who had never had anything, would be studying in a place that I had always dreamed about. I also knew at that moment that dreams really do come true. Without the Gilman, this trip would not be possible for me. My goal is to share my culture with others and take what I learn abroad and share with my people. Thank you Gilman!


Critical Language Scholarship- Due Date: November 17, 2020 (8pm ET) 


“Hendersonville   Student   Ambassador”   Travel Scholarship

  • Created   in   November   2017,   this scholarship is designed to provide assistance to local students, facilitate the exchange of ideas and culture globally, and to foster awareness and appreciation of international relations among Henderson County youth.
  • Eligible students must be residents of Henderson County. Students who are currently attending college out-of-county or even out-of-state are still eligible if their primary residency is in Henderson County.
  • Awards up to $3,000 to eligible high school, college, or graduate students between the ages of 16-26, for the purposes of education, internship, or work study.
  • May be awarded for Spring, Summer, or Fall semester travel
  • Open   to   students   with   residency   in   Henderson   County   who   are   in   the   process   of applying   to   or   have   been   accepted   for   a   study   abroad,   internship,   or   work   study program.
  • The application deadline is March 1st. Finalists will be interviewed in March, and recipients will be notified in April.

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Rotary International Global Grants & Scholarships

  • Click on the above link, then contact your local Rotary to complete your nomination:

A variety of organizations and institutions provide scholarships and grants for study abroad. Many provide assistance that is targeted to specific student populations (underrepresented student groups; African Americans; Asian Americans; Latino/Latina Americans; Native Americans; students with disabilities; gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender students).

The following list is a sampling of websites with information and resources on multiple scholarships and grants. These websites provide a good starting point for research on the many study abroad scholarship opportunities available.

Note: This list is not exhaustive and is meant to provide a starting point for your research. No endorsement is intended or is to be inferred.


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