Interim 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
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; Summer
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+


Schelske Opportunity Grant Fund

Administered by: Schelske Opportunity Grant Fund Committee, St. Olaf College
Number of awards: Based on number of applicants
Duration: Interim Only
Study locations: All
Purpose: To assist multicultural students at St. Olaf College to study off-campus
Eligibility: Must identify as a multicultural student attending St. Olaf
Award based on: Application with short essay and financial information
Award amount: Approximately $500, based on financial need and available funds
Procedure: Complete application and essay
Application deadline: Deadline is typically in early October. Applications must be submitted on paper AND students need to sign the application, so no electronic applications will be accepted. 
Notification date: Early October
Award commitment: None
Contact for application: International & Off-Campus Studies, Student Support Services (SSS), or Professor Heather Campbell

Externally Sponsored Scholarship Opportunities

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

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:  A U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or DACA recipient; Currently enrolled as an undergraduate at a U.S. college or university; Receiving college credit from their home institution; and Studying abroad for at least four weeks (28 days).
Award amounts: varies by scholarship
Procedure:  1) An online application form; 2) Financial aid form; 3) Unofficial transcript upload; 4) Letter of recommendation
Application deadline: opens in November for Summer, Fall, and Academic Year programs, and in July for Spring programs.

For the Spring 2022 program deadline:  All application materials must be submitted by September 15, 2021 at 12pm (noon) EST to be considered for an FEA scholarship. Application materials include the online application form, financial aid form, unofficial transcript upload, and letter of recommendation.
Award commitment: varies by scholarship
Contact for Information: FEA website