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Essay For Scholarship Abroad For West

Studying away can be expensive, but that does not make it impossible.

In many cases, the financial aid that you already receive to attend Missouri Western can be used to defray the costs of studying abroad. Talk with staff in the Missouri Western Financial Aid office about how to help finance your study away experience. Fill out as much of this form as you can, and bring it with you to your Financial Aid appointment:

Study Away Outside Programs Financial Aid Contract and Cost Estimate [pdf]

You may also apply for other sources of funding. The links below will introduce you to an example of the types of external funding opportunities available. We encourage you to search the Internet for other opportunities.

Missouri Western Study Away Scholarship

The Study Away Office is sometimes able to assist students with a small scholarship. Use the form below to apply. These internal scholarships can range up to $500, but there are a limited number available each year.

Application [pdf]

Semester-long programs

  • Scholarships applications for semester-long programs are evaluated as they are received. A three-person committee awards the scholarships based on your academic record and the strength of your essay. Really put some thought into your essay for the best results.
  • When money is gone for the academic year, no further scholarships can be awarded until the following year.
  • You should apply for the Missouri Western Study Away scholarship as soon as your plans for travel are complete. Scholarships will only be awarded after you have been accepted into your host school or program and you have accepted your placement there.

Faculty-led programs

  • Students participating in faculty-led Study Away courses are not eligible for the Missouri Western Study Away Scholarship.

Scholarship Databases

International Scholarships


At this site, you will find an extensive listing of grants, scholarships, loan programs, and other information to assist college and university students in their pursuit to study abroad. You can search the database freely, but will have to register with the site to access specific information about the scholarships you discover.

Transitions Abroad


Transitions Abroad lists information about specific scholarships and articles about Study Abroad funding.

Study Abroad Funding


This directory features detailed descriptions of hundreds of study abroad scholarships, fellowships, grants, and paid internships for U.S. undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate students, and professionals.

General Scholarships

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program


The Gilman International Scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving federal Pell Grant funding at a 2-year or 4-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs worldwide.

David L. Boren Scholarships


Boren Scholarships provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to add an important international and language component to their educations. We focus on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad.

Don’t let the cost of study abroad be frightening; it is more affordable than many people think! Funding a study abroad program is an equation that balances financial planning, scholarships, and financial aid.

Financial planning refers to developing a budget for your study abroad. Examining costs is a process of comparing Western lifestyle, including university and living costs, to the budget of your study-abroad program. Consider the following factors that affect the budget of your study-abroad program:  

Program-cost factors:

  • Number of credits
  • Type of program (ex. Faculty-led, exchange, or partner program)
  • Program length and time
  • Room and board
  • International transportation and local travel
  • Number of excursions included

It is the students' responsibility to meet with a financial aid advisor in WMU's Student Financial Aid and Scholarships office to determine if they have sufficient personal funds or will be awarded sufficient financial aid to support their participation in the study abroad program selected. While financial aid applies to the study abroad experience, additional funds might be needed to cover costs that exceed tuition and program fees.

There are many scholarships available through WMU colleges and departments, as well as scholarships awarded through community organizations, service clubs and national competitions, such as the Boren, Freeman-Asia, and Gilman programs. In 2012-13, students studying abroad through WMU received more than $400,000 in scholarships. For WMU students who are willing to invest some time in developing their foreign language skills before they go abroad, the President’s Grant for Study Abroad can meet most of the financial need, offering awards of up to $10,000 for an academic year.

National study abroad scholarships range from accessible to very competitive and WMU students compete successfully for these awards. The key is to start the process as early as possible and to work closely with Dr. Michelle Metro-Roland, who serves as WMU's campus representative and advisor for most of the State Department-funded study abroad scholarship programs. Dr. Metro–Roland may be reached for advising at michelle.metro-roland@wmich.edu.

Important things to consider:

Begin working on your application essay as soon as possible. Drafting your application essay just a few days before the deadline will not allow you and your advisor time to develop a strong coherent strategy and polished text; applications to national scholarship programs are rarely successful under these conditions.

Substantial funding opportunities are available to students who:

  • Plan their project early.
  • Prepare through academic coursework, such as taking a foreign language class.
  • Take the time to craft a strong application.

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