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Scholarships

Every year, WSU scholarships help eligible students reach their dream of studying abroad.

Eligibility

WSU Study Abroad Scholarships

Study abroad scholarships are open to current students on any WSU campus. To be considered for a WSU education abroad scholarship, you will need to:

  • Complete an Education Abroad Scholarship Application
  • Apply for a study abroad program through WSU

Many WSU Colleges and Departments award study abroad scholarships utilizing the WSU Education Abroad Scholarship application to award some or all of their study abroad scholarships. Other WSU Colleges utilize facilitated scholarship applications to award some or all of their study abroad scholarships which require additional applications.

Some scholarships have additional eligibility criteria and require additional application materials. Be sure to check the requirements of each scholarship for which you intend to apply.

Other WSU Scholarships

Most WSU scholarships can be applied toward the cost of studying abroad even if they are not specifically earmarked for study abroad these funds may be used to pay for many of your program costs. WSU scholarships can be awarded to all degree-seeking, undergraduate, graduate, international and professional program students. Apply for these scholarships by completing the WSU General Scholarship Application. The application deadline is January 31. It is to your advantage to complete an application each year you are in attendance at WSU.

There are some limitations; scholarships and tuition waivers for housing and reciprocity (e.g., Cougar Academic Award for out-of-state students, Cougar Commitment tuition fee waiver, Resident Assistant housing waiver) are not applicable to education abroad programs. To see if your current WSU scholarships will apply toward study abroad visit Student Financial Services Financial Aid for Study Abroad information.

Provider/Program Scholarships

Many education-abroad providers offer scholarships to students with strong academic records or financial need. Some providers earmark scholarship funds specifically for WSU students, you can see which organizations allocate funds in this way and apply for these scholarships specifically.

Even if a provider does not allocate funds directly to WSU for study abroad students they usually still have scholarship opportunities. Use our program search to find information about the program(s) for which you intend to apply.

When to Apply

Scholarships Available to All WSU Students

The majority of study abroad scholarships are open to all students. The application deadline each semester is the Friday of the week following the Global Learning Fair on the Pullman campus. Typically these deadlines will be the third week of classes in the fall and spring break in the spring.

These deadlines are specifically set early so that every attempt can be made to notify students if they have been awarded a scholarship prior to committing to a study abroad program. Once awarded a scholarship, you will have one year following the scholarship deadline to open a study abroad application. If you do not study abroad, or do not have an active study abroad application, by the end of that one year the scholarship will be withdrawn.

Scholarships from Colleges Using Facilitated Applications

For College study abroad scholarships using facilitated applications visit the specific scholarship application brochure page regarding requirements, application deadlines, and additional information.

How to Apply

1

Prepare

“What does it mean to YOU to be a Global Coug?” Consider in advance which application submission method is the best fit for you:

  • Option 1 – Scholarship Essay Submission: 300 words maximum
  • Option 2 – Scholarship Video Submission: 120 seconds maximum

Open a scholarship application to get the submission prompt and additional instructions. A thoughtful, well-composed submission can make a big difference. Both options share the same prompt and scoring criteria.

2

Complete the WSU Education Abroad Scholarship Application

Apply for scholarships

One WSU Education Abroad scholarship application works for most study abroad scholarships. Those identified below have their own Global Learning facilitated scholarship application and may have different criteria. Check to see if you meet the requirements and apply using the additional application information.

WSU Scholarships Through Global Learning

WSU EDUCATION ABROAD ENDOWMENT: AARON IVERSON EDUCATION ABROAD FUND

Eligibility

  • Financial Need
  • No previous travel outside of North America

WSU donors David and Deborah Iverson established this endowment in memory of their son, Aaron, who died in 1996 at the age of 22. Aaron possessed an adventuresome spirit and he loved to travel.

This fund was created in order to provide an opportunity for deserving WSU students to experience similar travel adventures that Aaron so enjoyed during his short life.


WSU EDUCATION ABROAD ENDOWMENT: ANN BARNEY

Eligibility

  • All WSU study abroad undergraduate students are eligible to apply.

WSU donors Victoria, Patrick, and Daniel Barney established this scholarship endowment in memory of their daughter and sister, Ann Barney, who died in a tragic car accident in 2008 while planning her junior year abroad.

The Barneys endowed this fund not only to honor Ann’s memory, but also to create a sustainable source of scholarship funding for education abroad. Now, the education abroad office awards grants annually from a continually growing endowment.


WSU EDUCATION ABROAD ENDOWMENT: CAROL JEFFORDS EDUCATION ABROAD

Eligibility

  • Liberal Arts majors
  • Must be at least a sophomore at the time of the study abroad experience
  • Program must be one semester or longer
  • Financial need

Award amount varies annually.

Carol Overstreet Jeffords is a Washington State native and proud WSU alumna, graduating from WSU with a B.A. in History.

Carol did not have the opportunity to travel abroad until well after her college years. She strongly believes in creating and maintaining international relationships, and understanding of other cultures.

Because of that, and in appreciation of the education and opportunities she received at WSU, Carol chose to establish a scholarship available to WSU students studying abroad.


WSU OFFICE OF INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS SCHOLARSHIP: FUND FOR BILATERAL EXCHANGES

Eligibility

  • Must be reciprocal exchange students. Awards are given out in “pairs” to both outgoing and incoming exchange students.
  • Academic merit
  • Financial need

The International Program Scholarship Fund was established in 1970 to provide financial assistance to students participating in the reciprocal student exchange program at Washington State University.

Students must meet all admission criteria agreed upon by both WSU and the foreign university.


WSU EDUCATION ABROAD ENDOWMENT: HUBMAN

This award was established in 2008 by Honors alumna Carolyn L. (Ofstad) Hubman and her husband, George E. Hubman as a way for today’s students to pursue education abroad and gain personal knowledge of the world and its cultures.

Eligibility


ALBERT W. THOMPSON EDUCATION ABROAD SCHOLARSHIP

Eligibility

  • Financial need
  • Academic merit
  • Foreign Language major, with at least one completed semester in the target language at WSU

Awards are based on academic merit, financial need, suitability of proposed study plan, and potential for growth and development.

The Thompson Education Abroad Scholarship is awarded each spring to a WSU Foreign Language major studying a minimum of one semester in the target language. The amount of the award depends on the endowment’s earnings. The selection committee is appointed by the dean of the College of Liberal Arts.


MARIE BAARSLAG BROWN WRIGHT STUDY ABROAD NON-TRADITIONAL LOCATIONS SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship was established to encourage WSU students to study abroad in non-traditional locations.

Eligibility

  • Studying abroad in non-traditional locations, defined as outside Western Europe, Canada, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand
  • Program must be one semester or longer
  • Must be at least a sophomore at the time of the study abroad experience

Highest priority will be given for study in Africa or the Middle East, but all non-traditional locations will be considered.


REBECCA W. AND ROBERT M. GATES EDUCATION ABROAD IN LIBERAL ARTS

Inspired by faculty mentors who were central to her success, Becky Wilkie Gates and her husband, Bob, are helping WSU students majoring in the liberal arts achieve their dreams and launch successful careers by supporting international experiences.

Eligibility

  • Must be majoring in the arts, humanities or social science disciplines within the College of Arts and Sciences
  • Preference is given to students with academic merit and financial need

STUDY ABROAD IN ASIA SCHOLARSHIP

The Study Abroad in Asia Scholarship was established by the faculty of the Asia Program to encourage participation in a study abroad experience.

Eligibility

  • Must be at least a sophomore at the time of the study abroad experience
  • Financial need
  • Have completed at least 6 credit hours in Asia Program courses, or their equivalent
  • Must be studying in East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, Central Asia or the Middle East

Preference is given to students who have not previously studied or lived for an extended period of time in Asia.


TOMPKINS FAMILY STUDY ABROAD AWARD IN LIBERAL ARTS

This award was established to recognize the importance of international travel and cultural experiences in developing global citizens and providing a foundation for a more well-rounded person. The fund has been directed toward students majoring in the area of the traditional liberal arts disciplines.

Eligibility

  • Must be majoring in the arts, humanities or social science disciplines within the College of Arts and Sciences
  • Preference is given to students with academic merit and financial need

VOILAND COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING AND ARCHITECTURE HENDRIK S. BAARSLAG SCHOLARSHIP

The Hendrik S. Baarslag Scholarship was established to provide assistance to students from the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture (VCEA).

Eligibility

  • Academic merit
  • Financial need

Scholarships From Colleges Using Facilitated Applications

CARSON COLLEGE OF BUSINESS INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship requires an additional application.

Eligibility

  • 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Major or minor in the Carson College of Business

For additional eligibility requirements, please see the scholarship application.

The Carson College of Business International Experience Scholarship is available to students who are studying in the Carson College.

Deadlines are April 1 for fall departures, October 15 for spring departures, and February 1 for summer departures.


EDWARD R. MURROW COLLEGE OF COMMUNICATION GLOBAL EXPERIENCE SCHOLARSHIP

The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication offers scholarships to encourage and assist WSU students participation in Murrow College Global Experience programs.

This scholarship requires an additional application.

Eligibility

  • Major or minor in the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication
  • 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Financial need

For additional eligibility requirements, please see the scholarship application.

The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication Global Experience Scholarship is available to students who are studying in the Murrow College.

Deadline is February 1 for summer departures.

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