Scholarship Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I apply for a Study Abroad scholarship?

You can apply for a Study Abroad scholarship by visiting the scholarship program page and clicking on the box to “Apply Now” in the upper-right corner of the page.

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Recommendation

How many recommendations do I need?

Starting in fall 2015 students will no longer have to submit a recommendation letter for most scholarships. Some individual scholarships may still require additional actions. Currently the H&SS awards require applicants to meet with an NCSU faculty member and discuss their study abroad plans prior to the scholarship deadline.

 

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Is there an application fee to apply for a scholarship?

No, there is no application fee to apply for a scholarship. There are application fees to apply for programs.

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When Can I Apply?

I have not yet applied for a Study Abroad program, can I still apply for scholarships?

Yes, if you’re thinking about studying abroad, you should apply for scholarships. You should research the program that interests you most, and write your application based on the program you are most likely to attend. Many of the Study Abroad Scholarships will apply even if you change your program. If you plan on applying to the Africana Studies Scholarship or a college-specific scholarship you must retain your eligibility for those scholarships until to return from your study abroad program.

Eligibility Questions

Please review the Eligibility Page on the NC State Scholarship page on the Study Abroad Website.

I am a Non-NC State student and plan to attend a Study Abroad program sponsored by NC State University, am I eligible to apply for scholarships?

No, only degree-seeking NC State students are eligible for the scholarship program.

Can part-time NC State students apply for scholarships?

Yes, if they are enrolled in a degree program at NC State University.

Can graduate students apply for scholarships?

Yes, this scholarship program is open to graduate and undergraduate students enrolled at NC State University.

I’m going on a non-NC State program, am I still eligible for scholarships?

Yes, students on non-NC State credit-bearing programs are eligible for scholarships. You must submit an acceptance letter and non-NC State Enrollment Packet to the Study Abroad Office by the appropriate deadline.

I’m going on a 1-week program overseas as a component of a semester-long course, am I eligible for scholarships?

If the overseas program is a required component of the course, you are eligible for scholarships. If the overseas program is not a required component of the course, you are not eligible for scholarships. If you apply for scholarships, you will be required to submit proof that the overseas program is a required component of the course (ie. the course syllabus stating the requirement.)

I was awarded a scholarship to study abroad this summer but will be unable to go and therefore will not use the award this summer. Can I apply my scholarship to a future program?

Scholarship funds are awarded for a particular term (such as summer 2017) and cannot be applied towards a future term outside of the scholarship cycle. They may be applied to a different program, however, within the same scholarship cycle. Please see the Scholarship General Info page for scholarship cycles.

What happens to the scholarship funds if I am unable to use them?

At the end of every given specific scholarship cycle all unused awards are returned to the scholarship fund, rolled over the next scholarship cycle, and are awarded to other students for future terms.

I am graduating before my study abroad program begins. Am I still eligible to apply for scholarships?

No, only applicants that will be enrolled as degree-seeking NC State students at the time of their program are eligible.

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Scholarship Application

I’d like to Study Abroad, but haven’t decided on a program. Should I still apply for scholarships?

Yes, if you’re thinking about studying abroad, you should apply for scholarships. You should research the program that interests you most, and write your application based on the program you are most likely to attend. Many of the Study Abroad Scholarships will apply even if you change your program. If you plan on applying for the USP – Florence Scholarship, the Africana Studies Scholarship, or any other program-specific scholarship, those scholarships are only awarded if you attend those programs.

 

Can you give me any additional advice to help with my scholarship application?

  • Follow all instructions on the application materials. Be sure to complete any requirements for specific scholarships before the application deadline.
  • Review the scholarship descriptions, and do not apply for scholarships for which you are not eligible. Applying for scholarships that you are ineligible for will disqualify you from any awards.
  • Print a copy of the application materials for your records.

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Notification of Winners

When will scholarship results be available?

All scholarship applicants will receive an email near the end of the cycle in which they applied telling them whether they did or did not receive a scholarship award.

Will I be notified even if I am not awarded a scholarship?

Yes, all scholarship applicants will receive an email prior to the decision date telling them whether they did or did not receive a scholarship award.

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Award Distribution

NC State Programs

Award winners will be offered a scholarship and required to commit to that scholarship in your online scholarship application. Within two weeks of your commitment our office will apply your award as expected aid to your MyPack account. You will not be required to pay your full balance and then be reimbursed. Instead you will be expected to pay all costs minus the scholarship amount. Please note that if you have a balance of $0 when aid is applied you may receive either a direct deposit or a check for the funding overage. The direct deposit or check will be disbursed within a few days of the start of your term abroad.

Non-NC State Programs

The process is the same for non-NC State programs. However, please be aware that many non-NC state programs require up front payments and that our aid cannot be disbursed early. Timing of aid disbursal is at the discretion of the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid and may not occur until you have already left for your program. If you are heavily reliant upon scholarship funding, you may wish to consider NC State programs to avoid these potential problems.

 

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Thank-You Letters

Please send a note of thanks or a short report on your experience to the scholarship sponsor when you return from studying abroad. Thank you notes can be sent care of the Study Abroad Office, and we will forward them to the appropriate committee(s). Our scholarship funding is not guaranteed on an ongoing basis, and a letter would help us make future requests to donors. Also, upon your return you may be asked to help us spread the word about Study Abroad, and we hope you will volunteer to share your experiences with other students through our outreach programs.

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