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Point Foundation Scholarship

Point Foundation (Point) is the nation’s largest higher education scholarship-granting organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) students. Point’s multifaceted support of its scholarship recipients (“scholars”) extends far beyond direct financial contribution toward the cost of their education. Each scholar is paired with a mentor and participates in leadership development programs and events.

Requirements: Record of leadership and community involvement, strong academic achievement, financial need, identifies as LGBT+, enrolled full time

Deadline: January

Minimum GPA: N/A

Amount: Varies, average amount is $10,000 for up to 4 years

Fund for Education Abroad

The mission of the Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) is to provide scholarships and ongoing support to students who are underrepresented among the US study abroad population. FEA makes life-changing, international experiences accessible to all by supporting minority and first-generation college students before, during, and after they participate in education abroad programs.

FEA was established as a 501(c)(3) organization in 2010 to address the need for an independent study abroad scholarship provider. Applicants from groups underrepresented in study abroad are given preference, in an effort to make the demographics of US undergraduates studying abroad reflect the rich diversity of the US population. Since 2010, FEA has awarded 167 scholarships, helping students from all over the United States follow their dreams abroad.

Requirements: Enrolled as undergraduate, taking study abroad courses for credit, program is at least 4 weeks. Specific scholarships also available for DC area students and LGBT+ students.

Deadline: January

Minimum GPA: N/A

Amount: Up to $10,000 (Academic Year); $5,000 (fall/spring semester); prorated by no. of weeks, minimum $1,250 (summer)


UMD Education Abroad General Scholarship

These scholarships are awarded on the basis of financial need and are funded through our office and the support of generous donors, including the Kendall family and the David Family.

Requirements: Undergradate UMD student, have a current FAFSA on file

Deadline: February for Summer, Fall, or full year programs; September for Winter, Spring, or Spring Break programs

Minimum GPA: N/A

Amount: Up to $750 for winter, spring break, and summer term programs, up to $1,500 for semester programs, and up to $2,000 for year programs.


Musafir Travel Award

Musafir is a word in Arabic meaning ‘traveler’. The goal of QFI Musafir Travel Awards is to provide support for outstanding undergraduate students to further their Arabic language skills through an immersive experience in the Arab world. Through these awards, QFI seeks to provide students with the intellectual, communicative, and cultural competencies that will enable them to be engaged global citizens, able and ready to contribute to strengthening professional ties between the U.S. and Arab world.

Priority will be given to students with limited experience studying abroad in the Middle East at the undergraduate level (6 months or less) and demonstrated financial need to cover the cost of study abroad. 

Requirements: Completed 4 semesters of Arabic before summer abroad with UMD

Deadline: April

Minimum GPA: 3.3

Amount: Up to $2,500

Gilman Scholarship

The U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship is a grant program that enables students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad, thereby gaining skills critical to our national security and economic competitiveness. The Institute of International Education has administered the program since its inception in 2001.

Requirements: Pell Grant recipient, Applying to overseas program in country where target language is predominantly spoken

Deadline: Varies based on program timeline

Minimum GPA: 

Amount: Up to $8,000

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