Scholarship Resources

South Seattle College offers thousands of dollars in study abroad scholarships each year. Awards per student generally range from $500 to $2000. To learn more about currently available scholarships, please visit The Center for International Education or email Sancha Elevado, Manager, Global Engagement, at or 206-934-5360.

A study abroad scholarship generally a monetary award to be used toward study abroad program expenses such as program fees, transportation (airfare, etc.), South Seattle College tuition, travel insurance, and/or room and board while abroad. Scholarships applications generally include a personal statement or a series of essay questions to be answered, letters of recommendation, transcripts and general demographic information. Completing an application will take time and effort, but don’t forget there might be hundreds or thousands of dollars at stake!

Scholarships generally fall into one of five types:

  • Student identity-specific: These are scholarships for applicants based on facets of their social identity. Examples of this are gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, religion, ability, family history, or others. Historically, the following groups have been underrepresented in study abroad: Students of Color, First-Generation College Students, Students with Disabilities, STEM students, men, and community college students. As such, there is now an effort being made to diversify the types of students who study abroad. If you fall into one or more of these categories, there might be a greater number of scholarships available to you! We encourage you to do some research – and, as always, plan ahead!   
  • Merit-based: These awards are based on a student's academic, artistic, athletic or other ability. It’s important to note that qualifications will vary based on the particular scholarship.
  • Destination-specific: These are scholarships awarded to students planning to pursue a study abroad program in a particular country. Sometimes the awards are sponsored by the hosting country in an effort to increase study to their country. Check with government-sponsored travel websites to see what scholarships might be available.
  • Program-specific: Program-specific scholarships are offered by individual study abroad programs and/or the colleges and universities where they may be associated to qualified applicants. These scholarships are often given on the basis of academic and personal achievement, but qualifications will vary based on the particular scholarship. Check with your study abroad program provider or the Center for International Education to see if South has any scholarships available.
  • Subject-specific: Subject-specific scholarships are awarded by schools or program providers to students based on their particular major or field of study. These scholarships may require the recipients to enroll in subject-specific courses while abroad or conduct subject-specific research while abroad, but it’s important to note that qualifications will vary based on each scholarship.

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