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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. 

    • 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 by January 1 for fall submissions and June 1 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 
  • Study abroad student planning to participate in a UWL approved program during the following term
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 & Resume Sample

To submit an application please download the application and turn it in with the required documentation. 

I-Engage Scholarship Application

Resume Sample

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. 

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. 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).

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

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

For addtional scholarship resources for study abroad please visit the Scholarship Resource Center

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