ISA High School 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! 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 High School program OR ISA-HS School led program (Custom Program) ISA High School Program $250

 

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 High School program. (*If two siblings are simultaneously participating in ISA High School program, one participant would receive the grant.)

ISA High School Scholarships

For additional scholarship and fundraising resources, please see the bottom of the page. 

The following is a list of scholarships offered to high school students participating ISA High School programs. Please see each scholarship description for eligibility requirements, application materials and required documents

 

The Dr. Carlos E. Castañeda Memorial Scholarship

Born in Camargo, Mexico in 1896, Carlos E. Castañeda immigrated to the United States 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 four 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.

In 1927 Dr. Castañeda returned to the University of Texas and took a position as the librarian of the Genaro García Collection. Over the next 31 years he worked to make this collection, now known as the Benson Latin American Collection, one of the world's most prestigious. An authority on early Mexican and Texan history Dr. Castañeda also became an associate professor of history.

As a testament to his early struggle and life long pursuit of academic excellence, ISA offers $1,000 to be used towards an ISA-HS summer program in memory of Dr. Castañeda. The Dr. Carlos E. Castañeda Memorial Scholarship is both a merit and financial need-based scholarship that assists students with the expenses of studying abroad.

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 seeks to help those who may not otherwise be able to study abroad. See below for the requirements for this scholarship and/or DOWNLOAD: Application Form (PDF).

Availability

  • 1 x $1,000 for High School Summer Study Program

Eligibility

In order to apply for this award, students must meet the following criteria:
  • Be accepted to an ISA-HS  School program. Please note that students participating in an ISA-HS Custom program are not eligible for this scholarship.
  • Belong to a family whose total annual income does not exceed $85,000.
  • Be currently enrolled as a freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior at a U.S. high school.
  • Meet the ISA-HS language requirement for the desired ISA-HS program.
  • Have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA.

Application

Along with the scholarship application the following items are required to be considered for an award:
  • HIGH SCHOOL TRANSCRIPT(s) - One copy from each high school attended. The transcript submitted with the ISA-HS program application will suffice.
  • ESSAY - Please keep under 400 words. Essay must answer the following:
    • Describe an experience from your past that greatly impacted your life. How did this occurrence help shape the person you are today? What expectations do you have for your study abroad experience and in what way do you think this experience will affect your life?
  • ISA-HS TEACHER RECOMMENDATION- The form and letter must be completed by a foreign language teacher if you are applying for a language immersion program. Teacher recommendations for other programs may be completed by an academic advisor or guidance counselor. This form will suffice for both the scholarship and the ISA-HS program application. Be sure to notify your teacher of the program city and session you are applying for. (Download Recommendation)
  • SUPPORTING FINIANCIAL DOCUMENTS- Provide a copy of a recent annual income tax document.

Deadlines and Recipient Notification

Complete applications must be POSTMARKED by:
  • ‚ÄčMarch 1st, 2017 March 15th, 2017 

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

Recipient Notification:

Students selected for awards will be notified of their status approximately four weeks after the scholarship application deadline.

Other Information

Qualifying applicants may also apply for the ISA-HS Diversity Scholarship and ISA-HS Social Media Scholarship, but must complete a separate application. Students will only be awarded a maximum of one ISA-HS scholarship.

 


ISA-HS Diversity Scholarship

The ISA-HS Diversity Scholarship aims to encourage students of a broader cultural make-up to participate in ISA-HS programs by offering funds to assist with the expenses of studying abroad. See below for the requirements for this scholarship and/or DOWNLOAD: Application Form (PDF).

Availability

  • 1 x $1,000 for High School Summer Study Program

Eligibility

In order to apply for this award, students must meet the following criteria:
  • Be accepted to an ISA High School program. Please note that students participating in an ISA-HS Custom program are not eligible for this scholarship.
  • Be currently enrolled as a freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior at a U.S. or Canadian high school.
  • Meet the ISA-HS language requirement for the desired ISA-HS program.
  • Have at least a 2.75 cumulative GPA.

Application

Along with the scholarship application the following items are required to be considered for an award:
  • HIGH SCHOOL TRANSCRIPT - One official copy from each high school attended. The transcript submitted with the ISA-HS student application will suffice.
  • ESSAY - Please keep under 400 words. Essay must answer the following:
    • How have your life experiences affected the way you view the world? How do you see your experiences contributing to the cultural diversity of your study abroad group and in what way do you expect your time abroad to influence your aspirations for the future?
  • ISA-HS TEACHER RECOMMENDATION- The form and letter must be completed by a foreign language teacher if you are applying for a language immersion program. This form will suffice for both the scholarship and the ISA-HS student application. Be sure to notify your teacher of the program city and session you are applying for. (Download Recommendation)

Deadlines and Recipient Notification

Complete applications must be POSTMARKED by:
  • March 1st, 2017  March 15th, 2017

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.

Recipient Notification:

Students selected for awards will be notified of their status approximately four weeks after the scholarship application deadline.

Other Information

Qualifying applicants may also apply for the ISA-HS Dr. Carlos E. Castañeda Memorial Scholarship and ISA-HS Social Media Scholarship, but must complete a separate application. Students will only be awarded a maximum of one ISA-HS scholarship.

 


ISA-HS Social Media Scholarship

The Social Media Scholarship is designed for students who want to share their experience abroad with others. ISA-HS offers the scholarships to students wishing to make a concerted effort to chronicle their study abroad experience before, during and after the program. See below for the requirements for this scholarship and/or DOWNLOAD: Application Form (PDF).

Availability

  • 5 x $500 for High School Summer Study Program

Eligibility

In order to apply for these awards, students must meet the following criteria:
  • Be accepted to an ISA High School program. Please note that students participating in an ISA-HS Custom program are not eligible for this scholarship.
  • Be currently enrolled as a freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior at a U.S. or Canadian high school.
  • Meet the ISA-HS language requirement for the desired ISA-HS program.
  • Have at least a 2.50 cumulative GPA.

Application

Along with the scholarship application the following items are required to be considered for an award:
  • HIGH SCHOOL TRANSCRIPT - One official copy from each high school attended. The transcript submitted with the ISA-HS student application will suffice.
  • ESSAY - Please keep under 200 words. Essay must answer the following:
    • Getting to Know You: Tell us about your background and why you’re studying abroad this summer. What do you hope to get out of your time abroad? What makes you unique? Any special skills, hobbies or talents? Submit a response that represents you best.
    • Why You Want to Blog: What would you blog about? Share with us your blogging philosophy, if you have one. Is there anything that will make your contributions unique?
  • SAMPLE POST- Highlight your blogging savvy in 200 words or less! Points awarded for originality – remember Photo Essays and Video Blogs make GREAT posts.
  • ISA-HS TEACHER RECOMMENDATION- The form and letter must be completed by a foreign language teacher if you are applying for a language immersion program. This form will suffice for both the scholarship and the ISA-HS student application. Be sure to notify your teacher of the program city and session you are applying for. (Download Recommendation)

Deadlines and Recipient Notification

Complete applications must be POSTMARKED by:
  • March 1st, 2017 March 15th, 2017 

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

Recipient Notification:

Students selected for awards will be notified of their status approximately four weeks after the scholarship application deadline.

Other Information

Qualifying applicants may also apply for the ISA-HS Dr. Carlos E. Castañeda Memorial Scholarship and Diversity Scholarship, but must complete a separate application. Students will only be awarded a maximum of one ISA-HS scholarship.


ISA Gap Programs Scholarship

The ISA Gap Scholarship aims to encourage study abroad after high school and before students enter college or the work force by offering funds to assist with the expenses of studying abroad. See below for the requirements for this scholarship and/or DOWNLOAD: Application Form (PDF).

Availability

  • 1 x $1,000 for for Summer Porgrams
  • 1 x $2,500 for Fall Programs
  • 1 x $2,500 for Winter/Spring Programs

Eligibility

In order to apply for this award, students must meet the following criteria:
  • Be accepted to an ISA Gap program. *Non-traditional students are not eligible for Gap scholarships
    • Students can apply online here.
  • Have at least a 3.00 cumulative GPA.

Application

Along with the scholarship application the following items are required to be considered for an award:
  • HIGH SCHOOL TRANSCRIPT - One official copy from each high school attended. The transcript submitted with the ISA Gap program application will suffice.
  • ESSAY - Please keep under 400 words. Essay must answer the following:
    • "Describe an experience from your past that greatly impacted your life. How did this occurrence help shape the person you are today? What expectations do you have for your study abroad experience and in what way do you think this experience will affect your life?"
  • GAP SCHOLARSHIP STATEMENT - In addition to the required essay, Gap scholarship applicants must include an additional statement of 150 words or fewer in response to the following prompt: "Why do you wish to participate in a Gap program and in what way do you expect your time abroad to influence your aspirations for the future?"
  • TEACHER RECOMMENDATION- The form and letter must be completed by a foreign language teacher if you are applying for a language immersion program. Teacher recommendations for other programs may be completed by a non-foreign language teacher, academic advisor or guidance counselor. This form will suffice for both the scholarship and the ISA Gap program application. Be sure to notify your teacher of the program city and session you are applying for.

Deadlines and Recipient Notification

Complete scholarship applications must be RECEIVED by:
  • Summer: February 28th
  • Fall/Year: April 30th
  • Winter/Spring: October 30th

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.

Recipient Notification:

Students selected for awards will be notified of their status approximately four weeks after the scholarship application deadline.

 


 

Additional Scholarship Resources

Non-ISA High School affiliated funding options: 

Directory for African American Scholarships- Database for African American Scholarships

Brower Youth Awards- Activism and achievements award

The Family Travel Forum- Raise funds for your trip

Fast Web- Online database for customized scholarships

Fund My Travel- Raise funds for your trip

GoFundMe- A personal donation website

International Scholarships- Resource for study abroad scholarships 

Rally.org- Fundraise money online

Student & Youth Travel Association Youth Foundation- SYF strives to provide access to travel opportunities for the maximum number of young people that would otherwise be unavailable due to family hardship, budget cuts in school systems, or simply lack of the acess to or education about travel as a learning experience

 


Interested in learning more about personal fundraising options? Check out the ISA High School Fundraising Guide for some ideas and pointers.