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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.

Postmark Deadlines & Other Information

Complete applications must be postmarked by:

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

Scholarship application documents and completed program applications and materials must be postmarked 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. Incomplete and/or ineligible applications will not be considered.

Qualifying applicants may also apply for other ISA 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.

Postmark Deadlines & Other Information

Complete applications must be postmarked by:

  • Summer: February 28

Scholarship application documents and completed program applications and materials must be postmarked 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. Incomplete and/or ineligible applications will not be considered.

Qualifying applicants may also apply for tother ISA 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 $10,000 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.

Postmark Deadlines & Other Information

Complete applications must be postmarked by:

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

Scholarship application documents and completed program applications and materials must be postmarked 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. Incomplete and/or ineligible applications will not be considered.

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

Have additional questions? Visit the Scholarship FAQ.

ISA Grants

These grants are available, regardless of the length of time (if any) that passes between the two programs. 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:Now enrolled in:Grant Amount:
ISA study abroad program of any length (not including an intensive month)ISA summer study abroad program$100
ISA study abroad program of any length (not including an intensive month)ISA Internship or Service-Learning program from 4-10 weeks in length$100
Internship or Service-Learning program of 6 weeks or moreISA Internship or Service-Learning program of any length$100
Internship or Service-Learning program of 6 weeks or moreISA study abroad program of any length$100
ISA study abroad program of any length (not including an intensive month)ISA trimester, semester, year-long study abroad program or Master's program$350
ISA study abroad program of any length (not including an intensive month)ISA Internship or Service-Learning program 10 weeks, or longer$350

Sibling Grant

Students will qualify for this $200 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 program of at least 8 weeks 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 $200 for an ISA Service-Learning program from 8-12 weeks in length; $250 for an ISA Internship program of 10 weeks or longer; $250 for an ISA summer study abroad program; or $500 for an ISA trimester, semester, year-long study abroad program or Master's program.

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. The Kalyn Peterson Memorial Scholarships are financial need-based scholarships that assist students with the expenses of their ISA Service-Learning program abroad