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ISA Scholarships

The following is a list of scholarships and grants offered to students participating in one or more ISA program. Please see each scholarship description for eligibility requirements, application materials and required documents. Students selected for awards will be notified approximately six weeks after the scholarship application deadline, and a list of awardees will be posted on the ISA website.

The Dr. Carlos E. Castañeda Memorial Scholarship and Correspondent Internship Opportunity

Carlos E. Castañeda immigrated to the United States from Mexico with his family when he was in the sixth grade. Through immersion he quickly gained fluency in English and excelled in school. Orphaned at the age of 14, Carlos became the head of the household. While caring for 4 sisters he continued to educate himself and eventually enrolled in the University of Texas at Austin in 1917 where he earned his B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees.

ISA offers $58,000 annually in scholarships to be used toward ISA programs in memory of Dr. Castañeda. These merit and financial need-based scholarships assist students from affiliated universities with the expenses of studying abroad.

Winners of this scholarship will have the opportunity to participate in the Correspondent Internship, which offers the recipient the chance to take photos, and add content to the ISA Student Blog as a Castañeda Correspondent. Additionally, students may become part of the offices abroad, based on the need of their particular ISA office. Full details of the internship opportunity will be provided to scholarship recipients.

In pursuit of its goals of enhancing cultural awareness and providing students with the independence and language skills necessary for the workplace, The Dr. Carlos E. Castañeda Memorial Scholarship and Castañeda Correspondent Opportunity seek to help those who may not otherwise be able to study abroad.

Visit the Eligibility Requirements and Application for more information on eligibility, scholarship availability, and application instructions.

Deadlines & Other Information

Complete applications must be RECEIVED at the ISA Headquarters in Austin by:

  • Fall/Year: April 30
  • Winter/Spring: October 30

Scholarship application documents and completed program applications and materials must be receivedat the ISA Headquarters in Austin by these dates. Scholarship application deadlines are evaluated independently of program application deadlines and will not be extended even if the program application deadline is extended. Late, incomplete and/or ineligible applications will not be considered.

Qualifying applicants may also apply for other ISA and host university scholarships, but students will only be awarded a maximum of one ISA scholarship.

Have additional questions? Visit the Scholarship FAQ.

The Michaela Farnum Memorial Scholarship

These scholarships are dedicated to the memory of Michaela Farnum, a junior at Seattle University studying international business and Spanish, who was a participant in the ISA program in Chile. Michaela was a very involved student who worked with her youth organization, as a camp counselor, as a resident assistant (RA), and as a work-study student in the International Office.

Michaela's experience was cut short when she tragically lost her life in a hiking accident in the mountains of La Campana National Park in Chile. We hope that qualifying students will be helped by this scholarship, and will do so in memory of this student who only began to realize her dream of study abroad.

The awards from this scholarship began in 2008 and $8,000 is offered annually, to be used towards ISA Summer programs. The Michaela Farnum Memorial Scholarships are both merit and financial need-based scholarships that assist students with the expenses of studying abroad during the summer terms.

Visit the Eligibility Requirements and Application for more information on eligibility, scholarship availability, and application instructions.

Deadlines & Other Information

Complete applications must be RECEIVED at the ISA Headquarters in Austin by:

  • Summer: February 28

Scholarship application documents and completed program applications and materials must be received at the ISA Headquarters in Austin by these dates. Scholarship application deadlines are evaluated independently of program application deadlines and will not be extended even if the program application deadline is extended. Late, incomplete and/or ineligible applications will not be considered.

Qualifying applicants may also apply for other ISA and host university scholarships, but students will only be awarded a maximum of one ISA scholarship.

Have additional questions? Visit the Scholarship FAQ.

ISA Diversity Scholarship

ISA began offering this scholarship in the fall of 2008, with $14,000 in awards annually to be used towards ISA programs. The ISA Diversity Scholarships aim to encourage students of a broader cultural make-up to participate in ISA programs by offering funds to assist with the expenses of studying abroad.

Visit the Eligibility Requirements and Application for more information on eligibility, scholarship availability, and application instructions.

Deadlines & Other Information

Complete applications must be RECEIVED at the ISA Headquarters in Austin by:

  • Summer: February 28
  • Fall/Year: April 30
  • Winter/Spring: October 30

Scholarship application documents and completed program applications and materials must be received at the ISA Headquarters in Austin by these dates. Scholarship application deadlines are evaluated independently of program application deadlines and will not be extended even if the program application deadline is extended. Late, incomplete and/or ineligible applications will not be considered.

Qualifying applicants may also apply for other ISA and host university scholarships, but students will only be awarded a maximum of one ISA scholarship.


Have additional questions? Visit the Scholarship FAQ.

Live Like Ally Memorial Scholarship

The "Live Like Ally" Memorial Scholarship was created to honor the memory of Allison Willen, a Junior at Eckerd College majoring in Human Development. Ally's life ended tragically during a hiking trip in the beautiful Mt Aspiring National Park while a participant on a ISA semester study abroad program at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand.

Ally had a contagious love for life, nature, community service, and adventure. Ally was a passionate volunteer in her community, always doing what she could to make the world a better place. Ally felt that it was not enough to just make her way through life; instead, she sought to live with intentionality and to pour purpose into every moment. To that end, she adopted her life motto from Nobel Prize Winner Elie Wiesel's mantra, "Think higher, feel deeper." The phrase "Live Like Ally" has come to embody this idea of feeling and experiencing life to its greatest extent, as Ally sought to with a conviction that inspired anyone who came into contact with her. By living the way she did, others naturally gravitated towards her kind heart, enthusiasm for learning, and the way she embraced life each day.

Commencing in 2016, two $1000 scholarships will be awarded annually in Ally's memory. Students who believe they Live Like Ally and also share similar interests such as a passion for volunteering, a love for nature and hiking, and zest for life are encouraged to apply.

Visit the Eligibility Requirements and Application for more information on eligibility, scholarship availability, and application instructions.

Deadlines & Other Information

Complete applications must be RECEIVED at the ISA Headquarters in Austin by:

  • Fall/Year: April 30
  • Winter/Spring: October 30

Scholarship application documents and completed program applications and materials must be received at the ISA Headquarters in Austin by these dates. Scholarship application deadlines are evaluated independently of program application deadlines and will not be extended even if the program application deadline is extended. Late, incomplete and/or ineligible applications will not be considered.

Qualifying applicants may also apply for other ISA and host university scholarships, but students will only be awarded a maximum of one ISA scholarship.

Have additional questions? Visit the Scholarship FAQ.

Pacific Region Scholarships

ISA is proud to announce the addition of $10,000 in scholarships for students studying in Australia, New Zealand, or Fiji with programs beginning between May 2016 and February 2017.

Visit the Eligibility Requirements and Application for more information on eligibility, scholarship availability, and application instructions.

Deadlines & Other Information

Complete applications must be RECEIVED at the ISA Headquarters in Austin by:
  • Summer: February 28
  • Fall/Year: April 30
  • Winter/Spring: October 30

Scholarship application documents and completed program applications and materials must be received at the ISA Headquarters in Austin by these dates. Scholarship application deadlines are evaluated independently of program application deadlines and will not be extended even if the program application deadline is extended. Late, incomplete and/or ineligible applications will not be considered.

Qualifying applicants may also apply for other ISA and host university scholarships, but students will only be awarded a maximum of one ISA scholarship.

Have additional questions? Visit the Scholarship FAQ.

ISA Freeman-ASIA Supplemental Scholarship

ISA is awarding a Supplemental Scholarship of $500 to Freeman-Asia Scholarship recipients who are going on an ISA semester program to China, Japan, South Korea or Thailand.

The Freeman-Asia Scholarship is designed to support U.S. undergraduates with demonstrated financial need who are planning to study overseas in Asia. "The program's goal is to increase the number of Americans with first-hand exposure to and understanding of Asia and its peoples and cultures."

To apply for the Freeman-Asia Scholarship, please visit www.iie.org/Programs/Freeman-ASIA.

In order to be awarded an ISA Supplemental Scholarship, the following items must be submitted to your ISA Asia Program Manager:

  • COPY OF NOMINATION EMAIL- Must be a copy of the original letter/award form presented upon receiving the Freeman-ASIA Scholarship.
  • STATEMENT- Please keep under 300 words. Must answer the following:
    • Why did you choose to study abroad in Asia with ISA?
    • How do you plan to promote a better understanding of Asia in the United States?

Deadline: Application materials must be received by your ISA program start date.

Kalyn Peterson Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is offered in the memory of Kalyn Elizabeth Peterson whose life was cut tragically short in 2010. Kalyn leaves behind a legacy of promoting diversity and putting others'needs before her own. From a young age Kalyn volunteered her time at a major hospital and was involved in several other civic organizations. Recognized for her abilities to bring about the best in others, Kalyn's talents to help others less fortunate will be memorialized through the recipient of this scholarship.

The award from this scholarship began in 2011 and is offered exclusively for participants enrolled in an ISA Service-Learning program.

Visit the ISA Service-Learning site for more details or see the eligibility requirements and application.

Deadlines & Other Information

Complete applications must be RECEIVED at the ISA Headquarters in Austin by:

  • Summer: February 28
  • Spring: October 30

Scholarship application documents and completed program applications and materials must be received at the ISA Headquarters in Austin by these dates. Scholarship application deadlines are evaluated independently of program application deadlines and will not be extended even if the program application deadline is extended. Late, incomplete and/or ineligible applications will not be considered.

Qualifying applicants may also apply for other ISA and host university scholarships, but students will only be awarded a maximum of one ISA scholarship.

Have additional questions? Visit the Scholarship FAQ.

ISA Gap Scholarship

ISA is happy to provide $6,000 in scholarships each year to high school graduates studying abroad on an ISA Gap Program.The ISA Gap Scholarships aim to encourage students high school graduates the opportunity to study abroad before entering their freshman year of college, by offering funds to assist with the expenses of studying abroad. Visit the Eligibility Requirements and Application for more information on eligibility, scholarship availability, and application instructions.


Deadlines & Other Information

Complete applications must be RECEIVED at the ISA Headquarters in Austin by:
  • Summer: February 28
  • Fall/Year: April 30
  • Winter/Spring: October 30

Scholarship application documents and completed program applications and materials must be received at the ISA Headquarters in Austin by these dates. Scholarship application deadlines are evaluated independently of program application deadlines and will not be extended even if the program application deadline is extended. Late, incomplete and/or ineligible applications will not be considered.

Have additional questions? Visit the Scholarship FAQ.

ISA Alumni Grants

These grants are available, regardless of the length of time (if any) that passes between the two programs. Eligible students are not required to submit any additional application materials for these grants and and only need to inform ISA of the eligibility circumstances that would apply to them, when applying to their next ISA program. ISA will be glad to welcome you (or your sibling) back and applicable awards will be credited to the your ISA account!
Participants in an ISA Custom Program, EuroScholars, short-term travel, volunteer or professional development program or a Service-Learning Add-on program are not eligible for these grants. Students will only be awarded a maximum of one ISA grant.

Repeat Student Grant

If the student previously participated in:

ISA study abroad, Internship, Service-Learning, or ISA High School program of any length*

Now enrolled in:

ISA summer study abroad program or an Internship or Service-Learning program from of at least 8 weeks in length

Grant Amount: $250

If the student previously participated in:

ISA study abroad, Internship, Service-Learning, or ISA High School program of any length*

Now enrolled in:

ISA trimester, semester, year-long study abroad program

Grant Amount: $500

*Not Intensive Month

Sibling Grant

Students will qualify for this $250 grant if the student's sibling previously participated in an ISA study abroad program, ISA High School program, or an Internship or Service-Learning program and they are now enrolled in an ISA study abroad program of any length or ISA Internship or Service-Learning program of at least 8 weeks in length (*If two siblings are simultaneously participating in ISA program, one participant would receive the grant.)

Global Ambassador Grant

Active Global Ambassadors who are planning to participate with ISA again will receive $100 in addition to the corresponding Repeat Student Grant amount (as described above).