International Engagement Scholarship - "I-Engage"

Every semester International Education & Engagement allocates money to students who are greatly involved in educating others about their home country/culture or who wish to study abroad while maintaining a high GPA. The money for these scholarships comes from the Student Association and the UW System Fund. The purpose of this scholarship is to assist students who pay out-of-state tuition (for international students) or to encourage international awareness (for domestic students).

Focus: Develop intercultural understanding and communication through participating in campus and community events

Scholarship Awards: Varies

Application Deadlines:

Fall Semester: December 1     Spring Semester: May 1

Note: Applications will be accepted starting two weeks prior to the application deadline. 

  • EDUCATION/STUDY ABROAD STUDENTS:
    • December 1 deadline is for upcoming Winter Intersession and Spring study abroad programs
    • May 1 deadline is for summer, fall and academic year study abroad programs
  • Applicants will be notified via UWL email regarding the outcome of their application, including the amount of scholarship awarded in January for fall submissions and June for spring submissions. 
  • Scholarship awards will appear on student bills the semester following the application submission. 

Eligibility: Current full-time UWL undergraduate (2.5 GPA) or graduate students (3.0 GPA) who meet one of the following criteria (not based on financial need):

  • F-1 degree-seeking international student (including ESL) who is not government sponsored and who has earned at least three activity points by participating in a wide variety of programming semester of application. 
  • Education/Study abroad student planning to participate in a UWL approved program during the following term who has
    • Completed mandatory Pre-Departure Orientation (PDO)
    • Completed the UWL Study Abroad Application (If UWL study abroad applications are incomplete by the time the selection process begins, students will not be considered for the I-Engage scholarship). 
    • Agreed that upon return to UWL if awarded a scholarship student must complete 3 activity points for semester program, 2 activity points for a summer program and 1 activity point for winter/spring break program or will be required to pay back the scholarship award amount. 
Students are strongly encouraged to submit an application each semester during their UWL career, provided they meet one of the eligibility requirements listed above.

Application

Education/Study Abroad Student I-Engage Application

F-1 International Student I-Engage Application 

How do I earn activity points?

There are numerous ways to earn I-Engage activity points. Below are a few suggestions to get you started. Please plan ahead and do not wait until the end of the semester to complete your activities. 

  • Presenter at a Cultural Coffee Hour
  • Class Panel Volunteers
  • Local School Presentations
  • Global Initiatives Week Activities
  • Oktoberfest Parade
  • International Banquet Performer
  • International Banquet Volunteer

Want to do something not listed above contact Miranda Panzer, mpanzer@uwlax.edu, for more information. 

Where do I find out about office events?

Each semester an email is sent within the first 3-4 weeks outlining opportunities for the semester (only UWL student e-mail addresses are used). Regular updates will follow thereafter. Sign-up sheets for various activities are available at the front desk of IEE or online. There are always numerous opportunities available to interested students who want to participate. Opportunities are offered September – November (fall semester) and February – April (spring semester).

Are there any exceptions to receiving the scholarship?

Yes, graduate students whose out-of-state tuition has been waived may not be eligible for the scholarship.

Yes, undergraduate students receiving out-of-state tuition waivers may not be eligible for the full award amounts. 

Can International Students receive financial aid?

International students are not eligible to receive federal financial aid. As part of the F-1 visa requirements, international students must have the financial means to pay for tuition, fees, housing, meals and insurance for each term.

Are there any other scholarships available for international students?

Visit the UWL Foundation for information on campus UWL Foundation scholarships and the Scholarship Resource Center for various external scholarships.

The Gilman Scholarship Program is an undergraduate grant program for U.S. citizens attending two-year or four-year college or universities to enable those who are Federal Pell Grant eligible to study or intern abroad. This allows the student to gain a global perspective to better prepare them to assume significant roles in the increasingly global economy.

For more information please make an appointment to speak with IEE staff or  visit http://www.iie.org/Programs/Gilman-Scholarship-Program#.WAD_IvkrKUk

Boren Scholarships, an initiative of the National Security Education Program, provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded.

Boren Scholars represent a vital pool of highly motivated individuals who wish to work in the federal national security arena. In exchange for funding, Boren Scholars commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation.

For more information please make an appointment to speak with an IEE staff member or visit http://www.borenawards.org/boren_scholarship/basics.html

There are many scholarships available for students. Some are available through the UWL Foundation Office; others through national and private providers. Students are encouraged to research scholarships and apply early while adhering to the application deadlines as well as scholarship deadlines. Students receiving private scholarships should check with their scholarship providers to see if their private scholarships can be applied towards their study abroad program.

I-Engage Scholarship
International Engagement Scholarship - "I-Engage"
Every semester International Education & Engagement allocates money to students who are greatly involved in educating others about their home country/culture or who wish to study abroad while maintaining a high GPA. The money for these scholarships comes from the Student Association and the UW System Fund. The purpose of this scholarship is to assist students who pay out-of-state tuition (for international students) or to encourage international awareness (for domestic students).
Focus: Develop intercultural understanding and communication through participating in campus and community events
Scholarship Awards: Varies
Application Deadlines for Study Abroad Students:

Winter and spring programs: December 1

Summer, fall, and academic year programs: May 1

Note:

  • Applications cycle will be open two weeks prior to the application deadline.
  • Late applications will not be accepted. 
  • Applicants will be notified via email regarding the outcome of their application, including the amount of scholarship awarded, in January for fall submissions and June for spring submissions. 
  • Scholarship awards will appear on student bills the semester following the application submission. 
Eligibility
  • Current full-time UWL undergraduate (2.5 GPA) or graduate students (3.0 GPA).
  • Study abroad student planning to participate in a UWL approved program during the following term.
  • Student must have attended mandatory Pre-Departure Orientation and complete the UWL online study abroad application.

Upon return to UWL if awarded a scholarship student must complete 3 activity points for semester program, 2 activity points for a summer program and 1 activity point for winter/spring break program or will be required to pay back the scholarship award amount. 


UWL Foundation Scholarships

The UWL Foundation administers a large number of scholarships established over the years by alumni and special friends of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Eligibility varies but all scholarships are applicable only to UWL students participating on UWL sponsored education abroad programs. Applications for these scholarships are due by February 1st for programs taking place during the following academic year.

For more information about other scholarships available through the UWL Foundation Office, please visit the UWL Foundation Website.



Study Abroad Scholarship Search Engines and Databases

Links to a number of scholarship and grants for educationy abroad are available on the FinAid website. Below are a variety of websites to assist in funding your education abroad program.

Country or Program Specific Scholarships

Abroad 101 Scholarships
Abroad101's scholarships combine the two things they love: global citizenship and social media savvy. Scholarships are earned by students who compose a thoughtful and well-written essay, acquire a significant amount of Facebook "Likes" from people who vote for their entry, and have the academic credentials to gain admission to the program.

American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) 
ASF offers fellowships (up to $23,000) and grants (up to $5,000) to individuals to pursue research or study in one or more Scandinavian country for up to one year. Over $300,000 was available for the 2013-14 competition. Awards are made in all fields.

Bridging Scholarships
Sponsored by the Association of Teachers of Japanese, Bridging Scholarships assists with travel and living expenses for education abroad in Japan.

British Council USA 
Funding and scholarship opportunities for students studying in the United Kingdom.

BUTEX North American Scholarships
Open to all undergraduate students currently registered at an institution in the USA or Canada.

To be eligible to apply, you must have been offered an education abroad or exchange place at a BUTEX affiliated UK university. Your education abroad or exchange place must be for the academic year and your place must be for a minimum of one semester.  If you are not sure whether your host institution is BUTEX affiliated, check link to our list of members.  The value of each scholarship is £500 and will be paid to the winners once they have arrived and registered at their host university.

CEA Scholarships
*The CEA Scholarship program has been specially designed to meet the needs and qualifications for a wide range of students. CEA values the different backgrounds and experiences that a diverse student body brings to the education abroad experience, and we have a wide variety of scholarship options to provide funding to as many students as possible. 

Applying is easy! Just review the application procedure and fill out the Scholarship Application form for the education abroad scholarship best suited to your qualifications. 

Students who have applied and been accepted to a CEA program are eligible to apply for the following awards:

  • Diversity Scholarships
    • Must come from a diverse backgrounds and/or for students who have had a personal experience with diversity.
  • Need-Based Scholarships
    • Must demonstrate a high need for additional funding.
  • Academic Merit Scholarships
    • Must have excelled academically and have earned a GPA of 3.7 or higher
  • Affiliate Scholarships
    • A separate fund of scholarships in each of the categories above that are available for CEA students who attend a CEA Academic Affiliate school.
  • Global Education Scholarships
    • Must be seeking a global learning experience and have earned a GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  • Summer & Short-term Scholarships
    • Must have applied to a program 4-10 weeks in length.
  • Scholarships with Distinction
    • A competitive award chosen from each of the above categories highlighting excellence and exemplary effort for select candidates.
  • Chris Towns Memorial Scholarships
    • For CEA students who have applied to a semester long program in France, and who are involved in co-curricular activities centered on multi-cultural or international issues at their home campus.

CIEE Scholarship
Students who have applied and been accepted to a CIEE program are eligible to apply for the following awards. The application is one simple click that automatically places you in consideration for every CIEE funding opportunity for which you are eligible. Apply today!

Contact CIEE at studyinfo@ciee.org or call 1.800.40.STUDY.

Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX)
A yearlong fellowship to study and intern in Germany.  CBYX is open to applicants in all career fields, though preference is given to students in vocational, technical, engineering, business, agricultural, and scientific fields. Students traditionally underrepresented in education abroad opportunities are especially encouraged to apply.

Students will study for a semester at a German university or university of applied sciences, intern for 5 months with a German company in the participant's career field, and stay with a German host family. Airfare, health insurance and a monthly living expense stipend is included as well as local in-country support throughout the program.

Prior German language knowledge is not required, though it is preferred. Applicants should have clear career goals and some relevant work experience in their career field, which may include summer, part-time, or internship work. Participants must be between the ages of 18-24, possess a high school diploma or equivalent, and be US citizens or permanent residents. Interested applicants can apply online via the Congress Bundestag Webpage prior to the deadline.

DAAD 
The German Academic Exchange Service offers undergraduate scholarships to highly qualified undergraduate students for semester, year or short-term study, university language or summer courses, senior thesis research and/or internships in the Federal Republic of Germany.

Education New Zealand
Educatoin New Zealand and New Zealand tertiary institutions are supporting education abroad students with excellence and travel awards. Education New Zealand Study Abroad Travel Awards (ENZTA) offers $2,000 to help students fund their flight to New Zealand. Excellence Awards are for $500 for students studying at one of the eight New Zealand universities.

To be eligible, students must hold a 3.0 GPA, be 18 years of age or older, be enrolled at a New Zealand university or ITP, be of sophomore standing and be a U.S. citizen.

Fulbright Scholarships
The Fulbright Program provides grants for Graduate Students, Scholars and Professionals, Teachers and Administrators from the U.S. and other countries.

GoOverseas
Full semester tuition, round trip flight and an accomodation stipend for a total of $15,000 available to a student studying abroad in New Zealand. 

Institute of International Education (IIE)
Administers programs for international students, scholars, and study abroad students, including the Fulbright program, NSEP, and Freeman-ASIA Program.

  • Benjamin A Gilman Internatoinal Scholarship for students who might otherwise not partiicpate in study or intern abroad due to financial constraints. Awards up to $5,000 for U.S. students who are also receiving federal Pell Grant funding.
  • Chinese Ministry of Education is offering $10,000 scholarships through the China Scholarship Council, for American students to study at top universities in China.
  • Freeman-Asia Program  aims to increase the number of American undergraduates who study in East and Southeast Asia by providing students with information and financial assistance.
  • The Midwest Regional Center of the Institute of International Education has awards of: one $4,000, three $2,000, and several $1,000 study abroad scholarships. For students attending a Midwest college or university, which is a member of IIE's Educational Associates program.

ISEP Scholarships
Students participating in the ISEP program are eligible to apply for several scholarships with ISEP.

LIVFund (Learn, Intern & Volunteer in Latin America)
The LIVFund Scholarship has been designed for anyone who wants to learn, intern or volunteer abroad in Latin America and is seeking financial assistance to offset program or living abroad expenses. Two [2] scholarships are awarded per month, in the amount of $500 each, for studying, interning or volunteering abroad in the following Latin American countries: Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, and Venezuela. 

Candidates coming to Latin America with an organized program, designing their own program or waiting to be accepted to an abroad program are eligible to apply.  Students, interns and volunteers who are already abroad are also eligible to receive funding.  Candidates may apply for the LIVFund Scholarship up to six [6] months in advance of their program start date.  Applications are accepted year-round.  For more information, please visit the LIVFund website or e-mail info@livfund.org.

Marshall Scholarship 
Awards up to forty scholarships each year to study within any field at the graduate or occasionally undergraduate level at a UK institution. Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom. They are funded by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and administered by the Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission (MACC) in the UK, for which the ACU provides the Secretariat.

National Science Foundation 
Promotes and advances scientific progress in the United States by competitively awarding grants and cooperative agreements for research and education in the sciences, mathematics, and engineering.

National Security Education Program

  • Boren Awards are available for students interested in long-term linguistic and cultural study in less commonly taught languages. Available for undergraduate and graduate students.

Rotary Foundation Grants
The Rotary Foundation offers grants that support a wide variety of projects, scholarships, and training that Rotarians are doing around the world. See if you qualify for their global and travel grants!

Truman Scholarship Foundation
The mission of the Truman Scholarship foundation is to find and recognize college juniors with exceptional leadership potential, who are committed to careers in government, the nonprofit or advocacy sectors, education or elsewhere in the public service; and to provide them with financial support for graduate study, leadership training, and fellowship with other students who are committed to making a difference through public service.

Turkish Coalition of America (TCA)
TCA offers the TCAdvance Scholarship program for Turkish American students. A wide range of scholarships are also available for American minority students wishing to study in Turkey and support TCA's mission to build bridges between the U.S. and Turkey.

UAS7
A consortium of seven leading German Universities of Applied Sciences that promotes an innovative scholarship program SIP (Study & Internship in Germany). In cooperation with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), they grant prestigious SIP Scholarships for one academic year starting in the fall each year. The program consists of a full academic semester at one of the UAS7 universities in Germany and a 6-month internship with a German company or research institute.

For additional scholarship resources for study abroad please visit the Scholarship Resource Center's info for study abroad

For additional scholarship resources for international students please visit the Scholarship Resource Center