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 LIST OF MU-SPONSORED SCHOLARSHIPS

The Office of International Programs & Services (IPS) offers a limited number of scholarship opportunities for credit-bearing experiences. These scholarships are possible due to the generosity of MU study abroad alumni and other supportive benefactors. These donors recognize the extraordinary impact that study abroad has upon professional and personal development and seek to inspire students to pursue international academic experiences during their time at Millersville.

To Apply: Use the Scholarship Universe website to apply. IPS requires that applicants complete advising prior to applying. 
Application Deadline: April 1
 
Scholarship Timeline Example
Mid-December: Scholarship applications open
April 1: Scholarship applications close
Early to Mid-April: The scholarship committee reviews completed applications
May: Notifications sent to applicants.
May/June: Summer and Fall participants are confirmed, and their scholarship is disbursed. 
September/October: Winter and Spring participants are confirmed, and their money is disbursed. 
Disbursement Requirements:
  • IPS must confirm Awardees' study abroad acceptance into to a study abroad program within the stated scholarship cycle by IPS and the host university or affiliated organization, is required before the scholarship is disbursed.
  • Scholarships with a GPA requirement require students have the eligible GPA both at the time of application and maintain the required GPA through disbursement. Failure to do so will result in losing scholarship eligibility. 
  • If a scholarship recipient defers their study abroad acceptance to a future term beyond the awarded academic year cycle (summer, fall, winter, spring) then they forfeit their scholarship and must apply again for the next academic year's scholarship cycle. 
  • Successful completion of the Advising, Application, and Getting Ready to Go phase. Failure to complete the requirements of each phase will jeopardize scholarship eligibility.
  • Scholarship recipients will be required to provide IPS with a testimonial at the completion of the study abroad program and send a written note of appreciation to the scholarship donor as outlined by the Development Office.  
 
AIFS Study Abroad This scholarship is for students applying to and accepted into an AIFS study Abroad program only. To be considered, you must be applying to an AIFS program. Additional scholarships may be available directly through AIFS. Multiple students can be awarded.
ISA Study Abroad All ISA applications will receive a price discount on their ISA application. Additional scholarships may be available directly through ISA. Multiple students can be awarded.
Marburg Study Abroad Scholarship This scholarship is to be awarded to a student with a cumulative GPA of 3.75 or higher that is studying abroad for at least one semester and has demonstrated financial need. Second preference would be for the scholarship to be split between two students with a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher participating in semester-long or short-term study-abroad programming, and who have demonstrated financial need.
Womble Family Scholarship for Study Abroad This scholarship is to be awarded to a student with a cumulative GPA of 3.75 or higher that is studying abroad for at least one semester and has demonstrated financial need. Second preference would be for the scholarship to be split between two students with a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher participating in semester-long or short-term study-abroad programming, and who have demonstrated financial need.
Dr. Erik & Mrs. Jeanne Nakjavani Award for International Study Awarded to up to five students for expenses related to study abroad, and/or international internships. Students will be selected based upon the following criteria: academic merit, the impact of the education abroad on their professional and personal development, and a commitment to promote international education upon their return to Millersville University. First preference will be given to students with financial need. An application is required. Second preference or if no student meets the above criteria, the award will be offered to up to five students who are pursuing an academic program with an international or comparative focus, including—but not limited to—Government, International Studies and Foreign Languages.
The Dr. James E. Harf '61 Study Abroad Scholarship Awarded to offset program expenses for Millersville students in good academic standing studying abroad in a semester- or year-long program or one of shorter-term duration sponsored by, or coordinated through the Millersville University Office of Global Education and Partnerships (or its successor).

The intention of the donor is to maximize the number of participants in study abroad in a given year through the distribution of the spendable income. First preference will be for students: (1) with financial need, and (2) who are studying abroad for the very first time. It is understood that all of the financial support monies will be used as awards to the students and applied to expenses directly associated with the study abroad trip, not for administrative expenses such as a processing fee, for example. Furthermore, recipients will be exempt from all such fees associated with the application process. Multiple students can be awarded.
Robert V & Virginia K Brown Scholarship for Global Education Awarded to a student participating in a global education experience, including but not limited to year abroad, semester abroad, winter, and summer session programs, internship abroad, and student teaching abroad, sponsored by, or coordinated through Millersville University Office of Global Education and Partnerships(or its successor).
Bennett J. and Joanne Wargo Cooper Global Opportunity Endowed Scholarship The annual spendable income will be awarded to an upper class student(s) studying abroad who demonstrates academic excellence (minimum GPA of 3.0) and financial need. First preference will be given to a student(s) within the Honors College. 
Peter L. and Barbara B. Hunsberger Scholarship for Study Abroad Awarded to pay travel, room and board expenses for a student who has been approved to spend a semester studying in a university or other educational experience in a foreign country, in a program sponsored by or coordinated by the Office of International Programs and Services. The recipient must be in good academic standing, and be identified as a good representative of Millersville University.
Jackson Family International Education Scholarship Endowment Awarded to offset program expenses for a student pursuing a global education opportunity abroad, including, but not limited to, study abroad, internship abroad, or student teaching abroad in a program sponsored by, or coordinated though the Millersville University Office of Global Education and Partnerships (or its successor). This award will be given to a student who is from an underrepresented population and who has financial need. The recipient must be in good academic standing. Second preference will be for a student who is not from an underrepresented population, but who has financial need.
University of the Sunshine Coast in Australia Exchange Spot An exchange spot is awarded occasionally to students who apply to study abroad at University of Sunshine Coast, Australia. A student that receives an exchange spot receives a waiver of the program charge and the MU General Fee. 

ADDITIONAL SCHOLARSHIPS, GRANTS, & FUNDING RESOURCES

The scholarships listed on search portals and the following scholarships and grants and are provided by the U.S. government, businesses, and non-profit organizations. They all have unique and early deadlines. In many cases you may be required to apply to these scholarships a year in advance of completing study abroad advising or applying to a program through the IPS office.
 
PSECU International Education Scholarship The scholarships provides funding for State System students to participate in international educational experiences to help them explore cultures, life experiences and world views different from their own. Available for full-time undergraduate enrolled Millersville University students, as well as other PA students participating in Millersville University study abroad programs who have been accepted to study abroad by the Office of International Programs and Services. Students must be Pell eligible or PHEAA qualified, in good academic and judicial standing, with preference given to first time travelers. Check with the Financial Aid Office to see if you qualify.  Visit this website
Rotary International Rotary International offers a broad range of humanitarian, intercultural, and educational programs and activities designed to improve the human condition and advance the organization's ultimate goal of world understanding and peace. Nine structured programs and nine service opportunities help clubs and districts achieve their service goals in their own communities and in communities abroad, fostering fellowship and goodwill in the process. Visit this website
Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants are designed to support undergraduates as they seek knowledge and experience in their academic fields by studying abroad. Each year, (125) $1,000 grants are awarded. These grants are competitive with an annual deadline of mid-February. Visit this website
Fund for Education Abroad The mission of the Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) is to provide scholarships and ongoing support to students who are underrepresented among the U.S. study abroad population. FEA makes life-changing, international experiences accessible to all by supporting students of color, community college, and first-generation college students before, during, and after they participate in education abroad programs. Visit this website
Fulbright U.S. Student Program (Grant) An option for recent graduates or graduate students, the Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects, or, for English Teaching Assistant Programs. A candidate will submit a Statement of Grant Purpose defining activities to take place during one academic year in a participating country outside the U.S. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, a conferred bachelor's degree, not resided or studied in the country to which they are applying for more than six months.  Visit this website
Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program The scholarship enables historically underrepresented students to study or intern abroad, providing them with skills critical to our national security and economic prosperity. Applicants must have Pell Grant eligibility at the time of application or during the term of their study abroad program or internship. Nearly 3,000 scholarships of up to $5,000 are awarded each year.  Visit this website.
Critical Need Language Award A supplement to the Benjamin A Gilman International Scholarship Program, applicants who are studying a critical need language while abroad can apply for a supplemental award of up to $3,000 in addition, for a total of $8,000. Potential languages include Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and others. A complete list is on their website.  Visit this website.
Gilman-McCain Scholarship The scholarship provides awards of $5,000 for undergraduate child dependents of active-duty service members to study or intern abroad on credit-bearing programs. Eligible student dependents are enrolled at accredited U.S. colleges and universities who receive any type of Title IV federal financial aid. Visit this website
Boren Scholarships
 
Boren Scholars, available to undergraduate students of all proficiency levels committed to enhancing their language skills, study a wide range of critical languages, including Arabic, Chinese, Portuguese, and Swahili. The Scholars are from diverse preferred fields of study, such as Area Studies, Biology, Computer Science, International Affairs, Social Work, and more, immerse themselves in the cultures in world regions underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. A complete list is on their website. Maximum awards are determined by duration abroad.  Visit this website
Boren Fellowships Options for both undergraduate and graduate students, Boren Scholars and Fellows study a wide range of critical languages, including Arabic, Chinese, Portuguese, and Swahili. Boren Awards are available to students of all proficiency levels who are committed to enhancing their skills. Boren Scholars and Fellows from diverse fields of study immerse themselves in the cultures in world regions underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Preferred fields of study include area studies, Biology, Computer Science, Economics, International Affairs, Social Work, and many more. A complete list is on their website. 
Boren Fellows, available to graduate students of all proficiency levels committed to enhancing their language skills, study a wide range of critical languages, including Arabic, Chinese, Portuguese, and Swahili. The Fellows are from diverse preferred fields of study, such as Area Studies, Biology, Computer Science, International Affairs, Social Work, and more, immerse themselves in the cultures in world regions underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. A complete list is on their website. Maximum awards are determined by duration abroad. 
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Fulbright U.S. Student Program  An option for recent graduates or graduate students, the Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects, or for English Teaching Assistant Programs. A candidate will submit a Statement of Grant Purpose defining activities to take place during one academic year in a participating country outside the U.S. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, a conferred bachelor's degree, not resided or studied in the country to which they are applying for more than six months.  Visit this website.
Critical Language Scholarship The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is an 8-10 summer study abroad opportunity for American college and university students to learn languages essential to America’s engagement with the world. Students of diverse disciplines and majors are encouraged to apply. Each summer, CLS provides rigorous academic instruction in fifteen languages that are critical to America’s national security and economic prosperity. 

Participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, and later apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers. Among the fifteen languages are Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Urdu, and others. A complete list is on their website. 
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Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program provides graduate fellowships to qualified graduating seniors and college graduates committed to joining the Foreign Service. The Program is funded by the U.S. Department of State, administered by Howard University, that attracts and prepares outstanding young people for Foreign Service careers in the U.S. Department of State.   It welcomes the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the State Department, women, and those with financial need.

Upon successful completion of a two-year master’s degree program and fulfillment of Foreign Service entry requirements, fellows have the opportunity to work as Foreign Service Officers in accordance with applicable law and State Department policy, serving in Washington, DC and at a U.S. embassy, consulate, or diplomatic mission around the globe. Fellows also agree to a minimum five-year service commitment in the Department of State’s Foreign Service which begins upon entry into the Foreign Service.
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AREA-SPECIFIC SCHOLARSHIPS, GRANTS, & FUNDING RESOURCES

GERMANY The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) for Young Professionals is a funded fellowship cultural program that provides German and American young professionals, between the ages of 18 1/2 and 24, the opportunity to spend one year in each other’s countries, studying, interning, and living with hosts on a cultural immersion program. Applicants should have a strong interest in Germany and world affairs. The fellowship covers airfare, some travel costs, language training, housing, and stipend for living expenses, as well as other program related costs.

DAAD (Deutcher Akademischer Austauschdienst) Scholarship & Grants are open to undergraduate and graduate students seeking to study abroad, conduct research, and pursue their master’s and Ph.D. in Germany. The scholarships & grants cover a variety of expenses depending on type of experience, length, etc.  
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UNITED KINGDOM The British Universities Transatlantic Exchange Association (BUTEX) Scholarship is for students studying abroad in the UK for either one semester or the full academic year. MU partner universities in the UK are eligible for this scholarship.  Visit this website.
SOUTH AFRICA THE DONALD WHITE / MANDLA A. NDWANYA Memorial Fund was founded to provide exceptional and targeted education support and exchange opportunities for students in the U.S. and South Africa in order to keep deserving students in school and promote cross-cultural learning and understanding. The Fund offers a scholarship for American students to pursue further education in college and universities in South Africa with MU’s partner organization Volunteer Adventure Corps (VAC) for interns in Cape Town. Eligibility and application preferences listed on website.  Visit this website.
IRELAND Ireland is committed to providing academically rigorous and culturally immersive study abroad experiences for students from all backgrounds and identities. To be considered for the Inclusive Ireland Scholarship, you must currently be enrolled as an undergraduate student, identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color), intend to study abroad at one of the participating colleges or universities in Ireland, and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above. Visit this website
ASIA Asia Institute-PaCIE Joint Scholarship is open to students attending universities and colleges in Pennsylvania and supports global research, internships, and study abroad programs in Asia.

The Freeman-ASIA program is designed to support U.S.-based undergraduates with demonstrated financial need who are planning to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia.
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CHINA American Association of State Colleges and Universities’ AASCU-Chinese Government Scholarship is offered every year and is due in mid-March. Students studying abroad for either a semester or one academic year are eligible to apply. The scholarship includes tuition, room and board, health insurance, and travel allowance. Visit this website.
JAPAN Bridging Project offers scholarships to American undergraduate students participating in semester or full academic year study abroad programs in Japan. Funding comes from the U.S.-Japan Bridging Foundation and run by the American Assoc. of Teachers of Japanese (AATJ). Knowledge of Japanese is not a prerequisite.

Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) offers scholarship for qualified international students who are accepted by a Japanese university or college through an exchange agreement, like our MU Exchange program with Kansai Gaidai University. Students must demonstrate financial need.

The Toshizo Watanabe Study Abroad Scholarship supports up to the full cost of attendance of a semester or year-long study abroad program of the applicant’s choice. Both undergraduates and graduate students are eligible. The scholarship program grants awards to recipients in amounts determined by financial need and other qualifications.
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