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All Macalester students planning to study off-campus are encouraged to apply for both national and program-based scholarships. Browse the following sections for more information about various scholarship opportunities.

Macalester Scholarships

Paul Gerdes Scholarship

In memory of Paul Gerdes, a Macalester College student who had studied abroad in Brazil, the Gerdes family, in collaboration with Macalester, has established a unique scholarship for Macalester students. The Paul Gerdes Scholarship supports a one-month extension of independent study, immediately following an approved semester abroad, on a topic concerning social justice.

Typically, one scholarship will be awarded annually. Individual applications will be solicited after the Study Away Review Committee reviews all proposals for the current academic year.

National Scholarships

Boren 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. Recipients of a Boren Scholarship must commit to working in the federal government in positions with national security responsibilites.

Bridging Scholarships for Study in Japan

The Association of Teachers of Japanese Bridging Project offers scholarships to American undergraduate students participating in study-abroad programs in Japan. ATJ awards 100 scholarships annually to assist students with the travel and living expenses they will incur while studying abroad in Japan for a semester or an academic year. Check application dates and deadlines online.

BUTEX North American Student Scholarship for the UK

The scholarship is open to all undergraduate students who have been offered a study abroad or exchange place at a UK University.

Critical Language Scholarship

The Critical Language Scholarship provides financial support for intensive summer study of critical languages including Arabic, Chinese, Hindi and several others.

Fund for Education Abroad

The Fund for Education Abroad awards both general scholarships and a scholarship specifically for GLBT students. Awards are up to $5,000 for semester programs.

Gilman Scholarships for Study Abroad

The Gilman Scholarship is designed to help students with high financial need (must be a Federal Pell Grant recipient) study abroad by providing financial support, especially to those planning to study abroad in non-traditional locations and those from groups traditionally underrepresented in study abroad. Awards are up to $5,000. Check eligibility requirements and apply online.

Macalester student's Gilman Guide: Check out this informative presentation made by a Gilman Scholarship recipient from Macalester!

Gilman Powerpoint Presentation

Mondale Scholarship

The Japan America Society of Minnesota (JASM) will award the Mondale Scholarship to undergraduate students enrolled in Minnesota colleges, who want to broaden their knowledge of Japan through study abroad. JASM will offer up to $3,000 for the academic year. Deadline is typically in June, but check the eligibility requirements and apply online.

Program Scholarships

Students should consult with their individual program provider to inquire about the availability of modest (and usually need-based) scholarships. Some providers that offer scholarships:

Scholarship Databases