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USC Scholarships and Outside Scholarships

During the 2013-2014 school year, students on our programs earned a total of $202,505 in outside and Overseas Studies-sponsored scholarships!

 

Existing Scholarships & Study Abroad

All scholarships granted by USC and all outside scholarships may be applied to the cost of a semester or year-long study abroad program.  Tuition-based scholarships (e.g. Trustee, Presidential, and Dean’s) are adjusted proportionally according to the total tuition (including the USC administrative fee) of the program to which the student is accepted.  All scholarships must be reported to USC Financial Aid, and all scholarships are factored into calculations of student need.

 

Tuition Assistance Benefit (TAB) & Study Abroad

For students who receive a tuition assistance benefit because of a family member's employment at USC,  the amount of tuition remission is based on the total tuition (which includes the USC administrative fee) of the program to which the student is accepted. On many study abroad programs, students can earn more, or less, than 16 units. Some programs require students to take 18 units or even 20 units. The number of units attempted on the study abroad program is the number of TAB units that will be "used up" or deducted from the total number of TAB units available.

 

USC Scholarships:

Melissa Finney Award for Overseas Study

USC '01 alumnus Melissa Finney went to Paris as an undergraduate and says, "I was able to go abroad because my parents, USC, and generous scholarship donors made it a reality. I realized that if I could do that for someone else, I would be truly lucky." In August 2005 she established the Melissa Finney Award for Overseas Study, a stipend for students who demonstrate the ability or desire to further the interests of African Americans in the field of overseas studies. Students must have a major or minor in USC Dornsife to be eligible for this award. Application will be available in August 2014.

Deadline for Spring 2015: November 3, 2014

The Billy Noiman Award for Overseas Studies

Established in 2014, the Billy Noiman Award for Overseas Studies is an annual scholarship given to a student enrolled in an approved Overseas Studies program with the ability or desire to further the interests of African Americans in the field of overseas studies. Billy Noiman (Dornsife ’10) spent an academic year in Beijing and was inspired to endow this fund for Dornsife majors or minors. Application will be available in August 2014.

Deadline for Spring 2015: November 3, 2014

Travel grants for USC Paris, USC Madrid, and USC in the UK

USC offers a limited number of grants for students participating in the USC Paris, USC Madrid, and USC in the UK programs offered through the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences (excludes BADA). These need-based awards are offered in the form of a stipend, and can be used for travel to or within the host country. Upon acceptance to their program, students can contact their study abroad advisor for details on how to apply.

Deadline for Spring 2015: Early November

USC Africa Student Fund

The USC Africa Student Fund is an endowment to support undergraduate student travel to African countries for study, research, service-based learning and internships. Applications are welcome every October for travel during the following year. Applicants must have at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA to qualify. Find more information here.

Deadline: late October for study abroad the following year

CIEE Foreign Language Scholarships for USC Students 

To promote the intensive and sustained study of Arabic, Chinese, Portuguese, and Russian, CIEE has designated merit scholarships specifically for USC students accepted into CIEE's programs in Brazil, China/Taiwan, Jordan and Russia. This is only available for spring semester CIEE programs.

Please check back in August 2014 for the application form and the announcement of the deadline for Spring 2015.

Del Amo Scholarships for study abroad in Spain

USC Dornsife students participating in the USC Madrid or Bilbao programs can apply for a scholarship from the Del Amo Fund, which aims to promote education and increase understanding between Spain and southern California. These awards are merit based. Upon acceptance to their program, students can contact their study abroad advisor for details on how to apply. Students must have a major in USC Dornsife to be eligible for this award.

Deadline for Spring 2015: November 3, 2014

Hovel Scholarship for study abroad in Germany

Students participating in the IES Berlin or Boston University Dresden programs are encouraged to apply for the Hovel scholarship, an award of up to $5,000 for semester students and $10,000 for full-year students demonstrating a high level of interest in German language, culture, history, politics, economics, and society. Students must have a German Studies minor in order to be eligible.

Deadline for Spring 2015: November 3, 2014

Undergraduate students wishing to study language or conduct research about or in Taiwan are encouraged to apply for the Daniel Tsai fund. The fund will support up to $1,000 for students studying in Taiwan during the academic year (e.g., at the CIEE study center in Taipei), and up to $3,000 during the summer to help defray costs for those studying Chinese in Taiwan, or help subsidize travel costs for those proposing to do research in Taiwan under the guidance of a USC faculty.

Application instructions are available on the EASC website

Deadline: Rolling

Gold Family Scholarships

Believing that overseas experiences have tremendous impact on personal and intellectual growth, Stan and Ilene Gold established this scholarship for outstanding Trustee scholars seeking to study abroad. Applicants must write an essay describing their chosen study abroad program and how it will benefit their studies at USC.

Awarded once a year; deadline for next academic year will be in spring semester 2014.

Dean Joan Metcalf Schaefer Scholarships

These are merit scholarships for students in the USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences.  Students must be of junior status or above and have a minimum cumulative USC GPA of 3.5.  Applicants should have demonstrated scholarly excellence and a continuous love of learning.

Awarded once a year; deadline for next academic year will be in spring semester 2014.

 

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US Government Scholarships:

NSEP David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarships

The National Security Education Program (NSEP) David L. Boren Scholarships offer a unique opportunity for U.S. undergraduates to study abroad. NSEP awards scholarships to American students for study of world regions critical to U.S. interests (including Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin American & the Caribbean, and the Middle East). The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded.

Deadline for 2015-2016: early 2015

Gilman Scholarships

You must be receiving Pell grants to be eligible to apply for a Gilman scholarship.  Preference goes to applicants with high financial need, and those applying to study in countries outside Western Europe and Australia. Awards can be as high as $5,000. During the academic year, approximately 25 recipients will be eligible to receive a $3,000 Critical Need Language Supplement for a total possible award of up to $8,000. Critical Need Languages include: Arabic (all dialects), Chinese (all dialects), Korean, and Russian.

Deadline for Spring 2015: October 1, 2014

 

United States Department of State Critical Language Scholarships

Scholarships for intensive summer overseas study in the critical need foreign languages of Arabic, Bangla/Bengali, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu. The CLS Program provides fully-funded seven to ten week group-based intensive language instruction and extensive cultural enrichment experiences. Students of diverse disciplines and majors are encouraged to apply.

 

Private Scholarships:

Bridging Scholarships for Programs in Japan

About 40 scholarships are awarded each semester to American students studying in Japan.  The award amount for one semester is $2,500 and for one year is $4,000.     

Deadline for Spring 2015:  April 8, 2014

 

BUTEX: British Universities Transatlantic Exchange Association

BUTEX awards £500 scholarships to students spending a semester or year in the UK. Recipients are selected based on their poster or essay submission. 

Deadline for 2015-2016 academic year: June 15, 2015

 

Other Scholarships:

Phi Kappa Phi: Study Abroad Grant Competition

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa is pleased to sponsor this Study Abroad Grant competition. The society's Board of Directors encourages qualified undergraduates in all areas of study to apply. Each year, Phi Kappa Phi awards 50 Study Abroad grants of $1,000 each.

Go Abroad Scholarship

The Go Overseas scholarships are available to students currently enrolled in, or in the process of applying to, study abroad programs.  More info can be found on the Go Overseas website at our Study Abroad Scholarship page. 

Foundation For Global Scholars

FGS empowers globally minded students to gain international understanding and perspective, without regard to financial ability, and to return the investment by making an impact on their local/wider communities. 

IEFA.org - Comprehensive college scholarship search and grant listings   

StudyAbroadFunding.org - Online database of scholarship opportunities
 
DiversityAbroad.com - Funding and other information for underrepresented and minority students