Diversity Scholarship

At ESA we are aware of how diversity enriches programs and how we gain many different perspectives with a more diverse community. We think studying abroad should be affordable and accessible for everyone, and we want to do our part to help you to travel with us. 

If you come from a diverse background or community, please consider applying to these scholarships. We are open to individuals coming from underrepresented backgrounds and communities, including, but not limited to the areas of ethnicity and race, LGBTQ+ community, socioeconomic background, age, religious background, special accessibility needs, learning differences, first generation, and non-traditional students. If you feel yourself as part of any of those communities and are participating in a faculty-led program that ESA is running, please consider applying to our scholarships.

Summer program

Two diversity scholarships will be awarded to summer program participants that use ESA as a provider.

Deadline for summer 2021 programs 

  • Application deadline: March 10, 2021 
  • Recipient announcement: April 5, 2021

Awards and amounts

  • Scholarship 1: $750 
  • Scholarship 2: $750

Qualifications & Eligibility

  • Accepted application for a faculty led program that partners with ESA.
  • Minimum GPA of 2.7 (good standing).
  • Come from an underrepresented or diverse community or background: Ethnically/Racially Diverse, First Generation College, High Financial Need, LGBTQI+, Religious Diversity, Students with Disabilities, Non-traditional students.

Application Package

1. Complete the Application form

2. Include the following supporting documents in your application: 

  • Essay answering the following questions (500-800 words): Why is it important for you to study abroad? Why have you chosen this program in particular? Share with us how your diverse perspective has impacted who you are.
  • Unofficial transcripts including GPA.
  • Proof of program’s enrollment (Communication from the faculty leader or University of acceptance).

3. Provide a recommendation letter from an instructor or advisor regarding your academic performance. Please share this link with your recommender to submit the letter.

Responsibilities 

  • Support ESA in recruitment efforts as a cultural ambassador for underrepresented students during the program promotion season.
  • Participating in ESA social media posts during your program. 
  • Once awarded, the awardees allow ESA to disclose their names and photos for social media posts. 
  • If the awardee cancels their participation or becomes ineligible for the program, the scholarship will be withdrawn and given to a candidate on the waiting list.

Please contact your study abroad and financial aid offices and make sure the award of this scholarship will not impact on any other scholarship or financial aid application you may be planning to apply for.

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