NC State Scholarships
The Study Abroad Office encourages all students to apply through our streamlined scholarship process. Students completing this single application will be eligible for as many as 20+ types of scholarships and travel awards which generally range from $1,000 to $3,000.
SCHOLARSHIP CYCLES AND DATES
Students apply for scholarships based on the term that they will be receiving credit abroad.
Spring Cycle: Available for students going abroad in Winter 2022, Spring Semester 2023, Spring Break 2023, Spring Short Term 2023, or “Spring-Fall” term 2023. Applications open on August 1st and close on September 15th. Decisions will go out on November 15th.
Summer Cycle: Available for students going abroad in Summer 2023 (both sessions I and II). Applications open on October 1st and close on November 15th. Decisions will go out on February 1st.
Fall Cycle: Available for students going abroad in Fall semester 2023, Fall Short Term 2023, and Academic Year 2023-2024. Applications open on December 1st and close on February 1st. Decisions will go out on March 15th.
HOW MUCH FUNDING IS AVAILABLE?
Prior to COVID-19 disruptions, our scholarship process distributed approximately $500,000 to students annually. Approximately one third of applicants received an award.
CAN I APPLY EVEN IF I HAVE NOT CHOSEN A STUDY ABROAD PROGRAM?
Yes, you can. We encourage all students to apply even if you have not finalized your study abroad plans. Most of our scholarships are transferable to other programs but they are NOT transferable across terms. If you decide to study abroad in a later term you will need to reapply for scholarships.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR STUDY ABROAD SCHOLARSHIPS?
Scholarships are open to degree-seeking NC State students that will be receiving academic credit while abroad. Both undergraduate and graduate students may apply but students cannot graduate before participating on their study abroad program. Students must maintain satisfactory academic progress to retain their scholarships and must agree to complete any requirements attached to an individual scholarship.
CAN SCHOLARSHIPS BE USED ON NON-NC STATE PROGRAMS?
Yes, as long as the student is receiving academic credit. Please note that students participating on NC State programs may receive the benefit of their scholarships earlier because we can directly reduce their MyPack balance. Students on non-NC State programs often have to wait longer for a check or direct deposit and should take this into account when budgeting.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SCHOLARSHIPS AND COE TRAVEL AWARDS?
Scholarships are not limited in how they can be used and comprise the vast majority of our funding. Travel awards will only cover student airfare and are currently only funded by the College of Engineering. Eligible COE students can potentially receive both scholarships and/or travel awards but should only apply through the study abroad scholarship application. Students should not apply through the normal EYE process as they will be automatically considered when applying for our scholarships.
IS THE STUDY ABROAD SCHOLARSHIP PROCESS CONNECTED TO PACK ASSIST?
No, our process operates completely outside of Pack ASSIST. There may be additional awards available to students through Pack ASSIST, however those require individual applications.
HOW ARE AWARD WINNERS SELECTED?
FAFSA-based financial need is a primary consideration for most of our awards with GPA as a contributing factor. Students that do not have a GPA (first years, transfers, etc) will be evaluated separately without GPA as a consideration. Many scholarships will also consider whether a student has a background that is traditionally underrepresented in study abroad. Awards decided by committees, including the Chancellor’s Scholarship, will often use essays to determine selections.
DO I NEED TO SUBMIT ESSAYS TO BE CONSIDERED FOR AWARDS?
This is primarily dependent upon your college/department and whether you wish to be considered for the Chancellor’s scholarship. See the scholarship directory for more information. The majority of funding distributed this year will not require essays, however additional awards may be added at any time that could require them. It will never hurt your application to fill out the essays, so it is recommended that you complete them if possible.
HOW CAN I WRITE A COMPETITIVE ESSAY?
The best essays will give specific answers to the questions provided. Vague or confusing responses will result in lower scores. Before you begin, consider that you are applying against hundreds of other students for limited funding and ask yourself “what sets me apart?” Be able to demonstrate how study abroad fits into a greater plan for your academic and professional future.
CAN I TALK TO SOMEONE ABOUT STUDY ABROAD SCHOLARSHIPS?
Yes, we will offer virtual funding sessions throughout the academic year. Students that have open study abroad applications will be automatically notified of these sessions. These require no signup and will allow ample time for individual questions.