General Scholarships

St. Olaf Sponsored Scholarships

St. Olaf Scholarship for Off-Campus Study

All St. Olaf students who apply and confirm their participation in an International and Off-campus Studies program will be automatically considered for a St. Olaf scholarship award.  There is no separate application.  Awards vary from $500 to $5000+.  The average scholarship award is about $2,000 for a semester program.  Students with financial need may consult their financial aid counselor about the strength of their candidacy for a scholarship in advance of applying for a program.

Administered by: St. Olaf College
Number of awards: Varies
Duration: Semester; Year; Interim
Purpose: To assist students with funding of St. Olaf semester, yearlong, and interim programs
Fields of study: All
Eligibility: St. Olaf students on International & Off-Campus Studies programs are automatically considered
Awards based on: Financial need
Award amount: $500-$5,000+

St. Olaf Diversity Scholarship for Off-Campus Study

Students from diverse backgrounds who apply to study off-campus will be automatically considered for a St. Olaf scholarship award to support under-represented students (multicultural students, international students, first generation).  There is no separate application.  Awards vary from $500 to $5000+.  The average scholarship award is about $2,000 for a semester program and about 20% of the cost of an Interim program.

Administered by: St. Olaf College
Number of Awards: Varies
Duration: Semester; Year; Interim
Purpose: To assist students with funding of St. Olaf semester, yearlong, and interim programs
Fields of study: All
Eligibility: St. Olaf students on International & Off-Campus Studies programs are automatically considered
Awards based on: Diverse students with demonstrated financial need
Award amount: $500-$5,000+ 

International and Off-Campus Studies Opportunity Fund

Administered by: St. Olaf College
Number of awards: Varies
Duration: Semester; Year
Purpose: International and Off-Campus Studies Opportunity Fund seeks to encourage students who might otherwise not study off-campus to do so.
Fields of study: All
Eligibility: St. Olaf students on St. Olaf programs.  Recipient of need-based financial aid.  U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
Awards based on: Financial need
Award amount: $2,000 to $5,000
Contact for application:  Apply online by February 7, 2020! Note the application deadline is PRIOR TO the IOS program application deadline.  The application process typically starts in November each year and concludes in February, PRIOR to the application deadline to study off campus the following summer or year.  The intent is that students will know before they complete an application to study off-campus what their scholarship award amount will be.  Scholarship recipients will be notified on February 12, 2020.

Externally Sponsored Scholarships

Boren Awards for International Study

Administered by: U.S. Department of Defense
Study locations: Africa, Asia, Eastern/Central Europe, Central/South America, Middle East. Excludes: Western Europe and Australia
Purpose: Increase undergraduates for study in world regions critical to U.S. national security.
Eligibility: Must be U.S. Citizen and studying in: Tanzania, China, Japan, Korea, Hungary, Russia, India, Mexico, Turkey, Egypt, Argentina, South Africa, or Chile. Must study language of the country during the entire program. Must complete study before graduation.
Award based on: Merit; academic record; commitment to international education; language interest; relevance to NSEP program
Award amount: Up to $12,500 for a semester; up to $25,000 for yearlong
Procedure: Complete application including transcript, recommendations, financial information, two-part essay and formal interview
Application deadline: February 3, 2021 at 5:00pm EST
Award commitment: Awardees agree to seek employment with an agency of the federal government agency involved with national security affairs for the same amount of time of their scholarship.
Contact for information: Kathryn Ananda-Owens, Music Dept.


Freeman – Asia

Administered by: The Institute of International Education (IIE)
Study locations:  Undergraduate Study in East and Southeast Asia: Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Macao, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam. A multi-country program is eligible only if the applicant will spend at least 8 weeks in one of the countries stated above and will have intensive language study during that period.
Purpose: 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. The program’s goal is to increase the number of U.S. citizens and permanent residents with first-hand exposure to and understanding of Asia and its peoples and cultures.
Eligibility: There are a number of eligibility requirements, all of which can be found here.  Notably, applicants must be a US citizen or permanent resident with demonstrated financial need who plan to study abroad in one of 15 countries.
Award based on:  application and financial need
Award amount: up to $7,000
Procedure: application instructions can be found here.
Application deadline: application is closed for Academic Year 2020-2021.
Award commitment: Award recipients are required to share their experiences with their home campuses or communities to encourage study abroad by others and fulfill the program’s goal of increasing understanding of Asia in the United States.
Contact for information:  Heather Campbell, Education Dept.
Application: can be found here.


Vincent L. Hawkinson Foundation for Peace/Justice Scholarship

Administered by: Vincent L. Hawkinson Foundation (c/o Grace University Lutheran Church)
Eligibility: Must be a resident or student in MN, IA, WI, ND or SD
Awards based on: Awarded to students who have demonstrated a commitment to peace and justice through study, internships or projects.
Award amount: $1,000 – $5,000
Procedure: Fill out application, including demonstrating how using the scholarship for study, a project, or an internship will deepen their commitment to peace and justice and promote peace and justice for others. Interview required.
Application deadline: TBA
Contact for application:


Lund Fund Scholarship

Administered by: Sons of Norway Foundation
Study locations: All
Eligibility: Must be a current Sons of Norway member or a child or grandchild of a current member. Special consideration is given to military veterans
Award based on: Academic record, letters of recommendation, financial need, school and community involvement, and a 500-word essay
Award amount: Up to $2,500
Procedure: Complete application including two recommendations and a 500-word essay
Application deadline: January 15, 2021
Application: can be found here.


Critical Language Scholarship Program

Administered by: US State Dept.
Study locations: For the study of Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu
Eligibility: Must be a US citizen
Award based on: Letters of recommendation and application
Award amount: Scholarship covers all costs, including room and board and airfare
Procedure: Complete application and submit two recommendations
Application deadline: November 17, 2020 at 8:00pm EST
Application: can be found here.

Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) Scholarships

* Includes nine different scholarship opportunities (including one specifically for students at Minnesota universities/colleges and one for LGBTQI students)
Administered by: FEA
Number of awards: varies by scholarship
Duration: varies by scholarship
Purpose: varies by scholarship
Fields of study: varies by scholarship
Eligibility: varies by scholarship
Award amounts: varies by scholarship
Procedure: follow this link for instructions, varies by scholarship
Application deadline: opens in November for Summer, Fall, and Academic Year programs, and in July for Spring programs.
Award commitment: varies by scholarship
Contact for Information: FEA website


Benjamin A. Gilman Undergraduate Study Abroad

Sponsored by: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of US Dept of State
Administered by: Institute for International Education (IIE)
Number of awards: Approximately 800
Duration: Semester; Year
Study locations: All
Purpose: To increase the number of U.S. students who can study abroad; To provide financial assistance and reduce barriers to study abroad for students receiving federal need-based financial aid under Title IV.
Fields of study: All
Be a citizen or national of the United States (Permanent Residents of the United States are not eligible);
– Be an undergraduate student in good standing;
– Must be receiving Pell Grant funding during the time of application or provide proof that they will be receiving a Pell Grant during the term of their study abroad program or internship;
-In the process of applying to, or accepted for, a study abroad or internship program of at least two weeks for community college students and three weeks for students from four-year institutions, eligible for credit from the student’s home institution. Multi-country/area programs are allowed. Proof of program acceptance is required prior to award disbursement;
-Cannot study in a country which is currently under at Travel Advisory of level 3 or Level 4 as issued by United States Department of State.
Award based on: Diversity of Applicant, Statement of Purpose Essay, Follow on Project Proposal, Academic Progress and Performance, Fields of Study, Country of Destination, U.S. Institution and State Distribution, Length of Study (preference for yearlong), lack of previous undergraduate experience abroad
Award amount: up to $5,000.00 (and additional $3,000 is available for those who will taking Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bahasa Indonesian, Bangala, Mandarin Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, or Urdu (Subject to change.  See Gilman website.)
Procedure: Complete on-line application including financial need information and official transcript, and meet with Stephen Lindley in Financial Aid and Brittan Duffing in International and Off-Campus Studies
Application deadline: October 6, 2020 at 11:59pm PST
Notification date: Check application website
Award commitment: Follow on project to promote and increase awareness of the Gilman Scholarship, study abroad and international education
Contact for application: contact information can be found here.
Submit application to: Online at Gilman Scholarship