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Scholarships

Multiple scholarship opportunities are available for study abroad at EIU. Students should plan ahead (at least twelve months) and also start saving early. One well-written scholarship essay can go a long way. In 2018-19, one EIU student applied to 23 grants and scholarships (internal & external) for a semester exchange program in Japan and was able to get 100% of his program paid for.

The Office of Study Abroad (OSA), Sandra and Jack Pine Honors College, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the Lumpkin College of Business and Technology all offer study abroad scholarship opportunities. Students are highly encouraged to apply for these opportunities for which they qualify. 

2019-20 STUDY ABROAD PROGRAM APPLICATION and SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINES: 

October 25, 2019:  Spring semester and Spring break 2020 programs
February 7, 2020: Summer 2020 programs
March 6, 2020: Fall semester 2020 programs

To search and apply for EIU scholarships, please visit eiu.academicworks.com.  Students should ensure to apply for scholarships for the correct term. For example, if you are planning to study abroad in the summer, you must apply for a summer award, and not a spring or fall award. Scholarship applications, including recommendations, must be submitted by 11:59 PM on the posted deadline. Late applications are not accepted. 

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OSA Grants
Other Opportunities

Financial Aid Scholarships
Waivers

 
 
Office of Study Abroad (OSA) -administered scholarships, grants, and exchange tuition waivers:


OSA Grant

2 types:
  • Financial-need based- established by the student’s filed FAFSA
  • Merit-based- typically the top academically performing students (FAFSA not required)
Eligibility:
  • Full-time EIU student for at least one semester before studying abroad
  • Must have a cumulative 2.5 GPA at the time of application
  • Complete a study abroad program application
  • Note that guest students from other institutions are not eligible for these grants
  • ‚ÄčStudent must submit an essay on why you deserve the scholarship, and discuss your professional and career goals and ambitions, and provide 2 letters of recommendation
Award amounts:
  • Between $500 and $2,000 per student.
Service
  • Grant recipients will serve as a Study Abroad Ambassador for the semester after they return from their program abroad. If you fail to do so, the grant or scholarship you received will be billed to your student account. In the event that this occurs, EIU may choose to withhold your diploma until the payment is fulfilled.
  • The service requirement is 4 hours, which can be accomplished by a variety of projects through the OSA
Evaluation Criteria:
  • Applications will be evaluated using the point-based system detailed below
  • 100 total points are possible
Criteria
Formula
Total
GPA
GPA X 10
40
Essay
1 to 20
20
Letters of Recommendation
1 to 15
15
Leadership (as listed on resume)
1 to 5
5
Foreign Language Study - Students who plan
to study any foreign language as part of
their study abroad program
0 or 5
5
Time Abroad - Programs with greater time
spent abroad (ex. 8-week programs would
receive more points than 4-week programs)
# of weeks
Max 15

Click here for some tips on how to write the best application, including what to include in your essay and how to request a recommendation letter. 

Students:  Our application is now available online, please complete the application for scholarships through the AcademicWorks portal after you have applied for a specific program. You will need to upload an essay, resume, and provide the contact information for two references/recommendations. Please allow your faculty/staff/supervisors enough time to submit their recommendation! 

Upon receiving an award, all recipients are expected to act as ambassadors and fulfill volunteering hours. You will need to sign a contract accepting these conditions. 

References: You will receive an email once the student has completed the online application for scholarships. You will then be prompted to log into our online system and submit your recommendation. Please make sure you are aware of our deadlines and submit your recommendation in a timely manner! 

Other OSA scholarship opportunities

Dr. William V. Weber Study Abroad Assistance Fund

This award is intended to benefit Eastern Illinois University students who are interested in Study Abroad, but are unable to afford it. Preference will be given to students belonging to traditionally underrepresented groups (e.g., minority, gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender students) and/or first generation students enrolled in good standing at Eastern Illinois University who qualify for financial aid. 

The recipient must be enrolled in good standing at EIU and qualify for financial aid. Preference will be given to students belonging to a traditionally underrepresented group. Scholarship may be spent on tuition, fees, travel expenses, study materials, and other expenditures directly related to travelling abroad. A past recipient may apply for and receive the award more than once as long as they continue to meet the eligibility criteria


Kate and Cliff Strandberg Study Abroad in Europe Scholarship

The recipient(s) must be a full-time undergraduate or graduate domestic student, accepted to Eastern Illinois University and in good academic standing, with preference given to School of Technology majors. The recipient(s) must be planning to study abroad in any European country with attendant approval tendered to the Study Abroad Office prior to the awarding of the scholarship; all study credits must be applicable to the student’s degree program. The recipient(s) must have an overall 2.75 GPA, approval of the departmental academic advisor, and meet other criteria established by the Study Abroad Office. The recipient(s) may, upon returning to the United States of America, be asked to speak to the International Forum program regarding the study abroad experience. The recipient(s) may be eligible to apply for, and receive the award again provided they continue to meet the above criteria.
 

Dorothy E. Waldon Short Term Study Abroad Scholarship

The recipient must be enrolled in good standing as a full-time student at Eastern Illinois University. The recipient must have completed at least sixty (60) credit hours toward a bachelor’s degree with at least fifteen (15) of these hours completed at Eastern Illinois University. The recipient must have achieved a 3.0 (“B”) grade point average based on all coursework completed. The recipient must be participating in a “short-term” (typically 10-30 days) faculty-led study abroad. The recipient must be a student who has never previously traveled outside of the United States, Mexico, and Canada. Financial need may be a consideration at the discretion of the selection committee. All applicants must submit a written statement explaining how this award will assist them in achieving their personal goals; in addition, all applicants must provide three (3) letters of reference with at least two (2) coming from Eastern Illinois University faculty members from whom the recipient has taken at least one (1) class. Recipients may receive this award only once and are not eligible to be considered for a second award.

Robert and Ann Flick Study Abroad Annual Scholarship

The recipient must be a full-time undergraduate student accepted to Eastern Illinois University. The recipient must maintain a GPA of at least 3.0. Preference for selection is in the following order: Undergraduate student majoring in English and traveling to Italy through the Office of Study Abroad. Undergraduate student with a major in the College of Arts and Humanities and traveling to Italy through the Office of Study Abroad. Undergraduate student majoring in English and traveling through the Office of Study Abroad. Undergraduate student with a major in the College of Arts and Humanities and traveling through the Office of Study Abroad. Financial need is a consideration. The recipient may only receive the award once.

Harlaxton Manor Study Abroad Scholarship

The recipient must be a full-time student enrolled at Eastern Illinois University. The recipient must meet all criteria for acceptance to the Harlaxton College Study Abroad Program. Scholarship award monies may be spent on tuition and fees, travel expenses (transportation, meals, and lodging), study materials or resources, and other incidental expenditures directly related to travel abroad. Financial need may be a considered in the selection of the recipient. The recipient may not be eligible to apply for and receive the award more than once.

Talented Student Award - Study Abroad

The Office of Study Abroad has a number international exchange partnerships. Qualified students who plan to enroll at one of the schools listed below are eligible to receive a tuition waiver scholarship for up to 12 credits of EIU tuition
Applicants must have at least a cumulative 2.5 GPA. This award is reserved for students that exhibit financial need (as reported on their FAFSA), and have distinguished themselves as high-achieving students.

To apply for this award, please submit an application at eiu.academicworks.com

Exchange programs include:

HONORS COLLEGE STUDY ABROAD SCHOLARSHIPS 

Every year, the Sandra and Jack Pine Honors College awards a significant amount of financial aid in scholarships to current undergraduate honors students who will be studying or interning abroad. The applications for these scholarships are independent from the Office of Study Abroad and may have different deadlines. Further information can be found on the Sandra and Jack Pine Honors College website. 

Private Scholarship Search Services

Students interested in seeking a private grant or scholarship should check as many sources as possible. There are many free, online private scholarship search sites to assist in your search for scholarships.

FastWeb is one of the best sources for national, local and college-specific scholarships with over 1.3 million scholarship listings totaling over $3 billion.

MoneyGeek offers a study abroad guide that explains different forms of financial aid and loans available to help fund study abroad.  MoneyGeek has compiled a list of scholarships, information on loan options, suggestions for financial planning, and different resources in regards to study abroad funding and finances.

There are also for-profit companies that offer scholarship search services for a fee. The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships does not recommend these services and suggests you thoroughly investigate any for-profit company before submitting any fees to them. You should be aware that scholarship scams do occur and you should protect yourself against these situations.