Scholarships and Funding

Field Study Scholarships

Limited need-based scholarships are available for Rollins Field Study programs, including Field Study courses for first-year students.  As part of the online Field Study application, you will be asked to complete a scholarship application form.  These are needs-based scholarships, though you must meet all program requirements in order to be eligible.  International Programs coordinates with other offices on campus that have funding available to students for these field study opportunities.

  • NOTE: If a student has received scholarship funding for a Rollins Field Study program, and the student withdraws prior to departure, the scholarship will be reversed and the student will still be held responsible for all non-recoverable expenses incurred or committed on the student’s behalf, even if said expenses had been covered by the scholarship funding.
  • Holt Students - The Holt Grant Committee will review requests for scholarship for international credit-bearing field studies only.  Holt students requesting scholarship for no credit/service learning field studies will be reviewed by the Office of International Programs.

Approved Semester Program Scholarships

Scholarships based on financial need are available to off-set costs associated with international airfare, and, in exceptional cases, other costs associated with study abroad.  Students apply for scholarships through the normal program application.  These are needs-based scholarships, though you must meet all program requirements in order to be eligible.  International Programs coordinates with other offices on campus that have funding available to students for these semester opportunities

  • NOTE: If a student has received scholarship funding for a Rollins Semester program, and the student withdraws prior to departure, the scholarship will be reversed and the student will still be held responsible for all non-recoverable expenses incurred or committed on the student’s behalf, even if said expenses had been covered by the scholarship funding.

Rollins Scholarships

  • Scholarships for High-Impact Practices (SHIP): These grants allow students to pursue highly impactful educational opportunities that are not funded through other areas of the college. They are administered by the office of the V.P. for Student Affairs, and will be evaluated by the Student Life Committee on a rolling basis during the fall and spring semesters. SHIPs are available to students within the schools of Arts & Sciences and Professional Studies and are awarded on the basis of merit, available funds, and the applicability of the funds to recognized high-impact practices (HIPs), examples include:
  • Community and Service-Based Learning
  • Living-Learning Communities
  • Student Research
  • Study Abroad
  • Internships
  • Diversity and Global Learning

Though study abroad is considered a HIP, many study abroad programs (such as Field Studies and Rollins Approved Programs) are funded through various departments on campus, thus, are ineligible for this scholarship. However, Non-Rollins Programs do not receive funding on campus and will be considered. For more details about eligible HIPs, application deadlines, and other documents, please visit the V.P. for Student Affairs website.

  • Peterson Summer Scholarship for Study in Italy: This scholarship assists with costs related to tuition and travel assistance for an A&S student studying abroad in Italy for the summer.  As part of the application process, students will have to research and find a program that suits them. All information and requirements are listed inside the RIPA Study Abroad portal in FoxLink. This scholarship is NOT available every year.  Interested students should contact International Programs for further information before the summer program application deadline (beginning of February).
  • Departmental Funding: some academic departments have funding that may be used to support student study abroad.  However, such funding is typically coordinated through International Programs to ensure that funding is utilized in a manner that supports the needs of as many students as possible.
  • George and Maeching Kao Scholarship for Chinese Studies: Each year, up to five scholarships will be awarded through the Rollins College China Center to undergraduate students of the College who would like to pursue in-depth study of Chinese language, culture or other academic subjects related to China in mainland China, Hong Kong or Taiwan, either through a faculty-led field study program, a faculty-led collaborative research project, a summer intensive study program, or a semester abroad program. The award of up to $2,400 each can be used to cover expenses such as tuition, textbooks, student registration fee, and travel costs. Applicants must submit the Completed Application Form with essay, an unofficial transcript and a photo.  Applications must be submitted by 5:00 pm on the deadline date to the Director of International Programs.  Submit to: (electronic format is strongly preferred.)  All applications shall be promptly reviewed by International Programs and faculty members in Asian Studies based on the merits of application, the student’s academic standing (GPA 3.0 or higher) and financial need. In the event that a student withdraws or fails to meet the minimum requirement of the overseas program or project, the recipient will be asked to refund the whole or a portion of scholarship to the College.

    --November 1: Funding for programs and activities during winter and spring semester
    --February 23: Funding for programs and activities during the summer and fall semester

National Scholarships 

There are a number of national scholarships that Rollins students have been granted in the past.  Though these scholarship applications take some work, they are prestigious and generous awards.

  • The Benjamin A Gilman Scholarship: aims to support US citizen students with financial need.  Students who have been traditionally underrepresented in study abroad are particularly encouraged to apply.  To be eligible you must be receiving a Federal Pell Grant and you must be participating in a program that has been approved for credit, is based in one country for more than four weeks in length, and is based in a country that is not Cuba and is not currently listed on the US Department of State’s Travel Warning List.
  • Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship: The purpose of the Ambassadorial Scholarships program is to further international understanding and relations among people of different countries and cultures.  Students must apply through their local Rotary club though basic application information and scholarship details are available on the website.
  • Boren Awards for International Study: offers scholarships for US students interested in studying in areas of the world identified as critical to US interests.
  • Fund for Education Abroad: FEA is committed to increasing the opportunities for dedicated American students to participate in high-quality, rigorous education abroad programs by reducing financial restrictions through the provision of grants and scholarships.
  • GSF Student Grant (The Global Studies Grant for Student Travel and Study Abroad): Designed to support foreign language training and other academic studies abroad, this grant provides supplemental funds for American students who already are studying abroad under the auspices of an official study abroad program conducted by an accredited academic institution.
  • The Mark Twain Awards for Travel: Open to most majors. Awarded to deserving students who wish to enrich their education through exposure to people and places they would otherwise not encounter. Once awarded, the funds are unrestricted and can be used towards any local or international travel of any duration. Awards range between $500-$2,500. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so early submissions are strongly encouraged.
  • To apply, create a username and password at and then copy this link into your browser: You will be asked to submit a brief 250 word statement and some additional information.  Finalists will be invited to share further details about their plans
  • Go Overseas Scholarships: Go Overseas scholarships are available to students currently enrolled in, or in the process of applying to, study abroad programs and award up to $1,000.  Go Overseas also has a Teach Abroad Scholarship and a Volunteer Abroad Scholarship for students with a focus on international studies and/or education.

National Scholarships – Specific to Field of Study and/or Region

  • The Brazil Initiation Scholarship (BIS): BIS is a key component of the Brazilian Studies Association’s (BRASA) agenda to expand Brazilian Studies in the United States. BRASA invites applications from graduate and undergraduate students for a one-time $1,500 travel scholarship to do exploratory research or language study in Brazil. This scholarship targets aspiring Brazilianists with relatively little or no experience in Brazil. It seeks to contribute to the student’s initial trip (for a period from six weeks to three months), to heighten the student’s interest in Brazil, and deepen his/her commitment to Brazilian studies in the United States. Students are encouraged to combine this scholarship with other grants or awards. Recipients will be recognized during the awards ceremony of the next BRASA international congress in Brasilia. Funding will be disbursed prior to travel. BRASA will award up to four fellowships in this competition.:
  • BUTEX Scholarship: The BUTEX scholarship of £500 is designed to support university exchange between the UK and North America and is specifically for students studying at institutions in the UK for a semester or a year.  There is a once-a-year application deadline during the summer, so this scholarship works best for students studying abroad for the fall semester or the academic year.
  • Bridging Scholarships: The Association of Teachers of Japanese offer scholarships for American students studying abroad in Japan for a semester or academic year.  There is a once-a-year application deadline in the late spring so interested students must plan ahead.
  • DAAD German Academic Exchange Service: offers scholarships for students going to Germany for four months to a year for study, research or internship.  To be eligible, students must be in their junior or senior year during their time in Germany. There is a once-a-year application deadline in late January/early February so interested students must plan ahead.

National Scholarships - Specifc to Diversity

  • Pride Foundation – The National LGBT Scholarship Fund: Pride Foundation provides financial support, leadership training, mentoring,  and hope to meritorious students who are marginalized due to sexual orientation, gender identity and/or gender expression. You do not need straight A's to apply but we are looking for individuals who have proven leadership skills, excellent scholastic achievements and want to make a difference in the world. All applicants are evaluated on the totality of their situation including, academic accomplishments, financial, emotional and social need, extracurricular activities, personal circumstances and goals for the future. This website provides link to a number of different resources geared towards LGBTQ students.
  • The National Italian American Foundations: For Italian American students who demonstrate outstanding potential and high academic achievements. Area of study: open.
  • Hispanic Scholarship Fund: To date, HSF has awarded over $360 million in scholarships and has supported a broad range of outreach and education programs to help students and their families navigate collegiate life, from gaining admission and securing financial aid to finding employment after graduation.

Study Abroad Funding Websites & Databases