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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

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 $45,000 annually in working scholarships to be used towards ISA programs in memory of Dr. Castañeda. The Dr. Carlos E. Castañeda Memorial Scholarship and Correspondent Internship Opportunity is both a merit and financial need-based scholarship that assists students from affiliated universities with the expenses of studying abroad. Recipients of the Dr. Carlos E. Castañeda Memorial Scholarship have the option of participating as a Castañeda Correspondent, writing about their semester abroad on the ISA Student Blog.

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. See below for the requirements for these scholarships and/or DOWNLOAD: Application Form (PDF).

Availability

  • 12 x $2,000 for Fall Study
  • 12 x $2,000 for Winter/Spring Study
  • 2 x $2,500 for (fall intake) Academic Year Study
  • 2 x $2,500 for (spring intake) Academic Year Study

Eligibility

  • Be accepted to an ISA semester, trimester, or year program. Please note that students participating in an ISA Master's Degree, Customized or ELAP stand-alone Program are not eligible for this scholarship.
  • Attend an ISA-affiliated university. View list of ISA-affiliated universities/colleges.
  • Be enrolled in second or third year of undergraduate education at the time of ISA program participation at an affiliated U.S. University/college that does not have rules limiting scholarship eligibility. To see if your university has rules limiting your eligibility, please check the following list.
  • Have completed at least one year of college level foreign language or the equivalent. (Courses must appear on official transcript.)
  • Be on financial aid. FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR) and home university Award Letter/form required.
  • Have at least a 3.25 cumulative GPA.

Postmark Deadlines

Complete applications must be postmarked by:

  • Fall/Year: April 30th
  • 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.

Other Information

Qualifying applicants may also apply for theISA Diversity Scholarship, but must complete a separate application. Students will only be awarded a maximum of oneISA scholarship.

Dr. Carlos E. Castañeda Memorial Scholarship recipients have the opportunity to participate in the Correspondent Internship.

Full details of the internship opportunity will be provided to scholarship recipients, but students will have the opportunity to blog, take photos and add content to the ISA Student Blog. Additionally, students may become part of the local offices abroad, based on the need of their particular ISA office.

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. See below for the requirements for these scholarships and/or DOWNLOAD: Application Form (PDF).

Availability

  • 8 x $1,000 for Summer Study

Eligibility

In order to apply for these awards, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Be accepted to an ISA Summer program. Please note that students participating in an ISA Master's Degree, Customized or ELAP stand-alone Program are not eligible for this scholarship.
  • Be enrolled in second or third year of undergraduate education at the time of ISA program participation at a U.S. University/college that does not have rules limiting scholarship eligibility. To see if your university has rules limiting your eligibility, please check the following list .
  • Have completed at least one year of college level foreign language or the equivalent. (Courses must appear on official transcript.)
  • Be on financial aid. FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR) and home university Award Letter/form required.
  • Have at least a 3.25 cumulative GPA.

Postmark Deadline

Complete applications must be postmarked by:

  • Summer: February 28th

Scholarship application documents and completed program applications and materials must be postmarked by this date. 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.

Other Information

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

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. See below for the requirements for these scholarships and/or DOWNLOAD: Application Form (PDF).

Availability

  • 2 x $1,000 for Summer Study
  • 3 x $2,000 for Fall Study
  • 3 x $2,000 for Winter/Spring Study

Eligibility

In order to apply for these awards, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Be accepted to an ISA program. Please note that students participating in an ISA Master's Degree, Customized or ELAP stand-alone Program are not eligible for this scholarship.
  • Be enrolled in second or third year of undergraduate education at the time of ISA program participation at a U.S. University/college that does not have rules limiting scholarship eligibility. To see if your university has rules limiting your eligibility, please check the following list .
  • Have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA.

Postmark Deadlines

Complete applications must be postmarked 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.

Other Information

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

Sibling and Repeat Student Grants

ISA and ELAP offers grants to students who have previously participated in an ISA or ELAP program, regardless of the length of time (if any) that passes between the two programs.

  • $100 ISA SUMMER PROGRAM GRANT - Students who enroll in an ISA SUMMER program or an ELAP program of 4 to 10 weeks in length after having participated previously in an ISA program of any length (not including intensive month programs) will receive a $100 grant towards the latter program.

  • $100 ELAP PROGRAM GRANT - Students who enroll in an ISA or ELAP after having participated previously in an ELAP program of at least 4 weeks will receive a $100 grant towards the latter program.

  • $350 ISA SEMESTER/TRIMESTER/YEAR/MASTER'S DEGREE PROGRAM GRANT - Students who participate in an ISA TRIMESTER, SEMESTER, ACADEMIC YEAR, MASTER'S DEGREE program or an ELAP program of 12 weeks or longer after having participated previously in an ISA program of any length (not including intensive month programs), get a $350 grant towards the latter program.

  • SIBLING GRANT - Students will qualify for this $200 grant if they are the sibling of a former ISA, ISA High School, or ELAP student. If two siblings are simultaneously participating in an ISA or ELAP program, one participant would receive the grant. ELAP participants must have participated or be participating in an ELAP program of at least 8 weeks to be eligible for this grant.

  • GLOBAL AMBASSADOR GRANT - Active Global Ambassadors who are planning on studying abroad again with ISA will qualify for a grant of $250 for summer programs or $500 for semester, year-long or Master's Degree programs.

Disclaimer: Participants in an ISA Custom Program, Euroscholars, ELAP Group Project or an ELAP Add-on program are not eligible for these grants. The Global Ambassador Grant is not applicable for ELAP-only participants. Students will only be awarded a maximum of one ISA grant.

Kalyn Peterson Memorial Scholarship

This ELAP scholarship is being 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 ELAP scholarship began in 2011 and is offered toward ELAP programs. The Kalyn Peterson Memorial Scholarships are financial need-based scholarships that assist students with the expenses of their ELAP program abroad. For full eligibility and application requirements and all applicable forms, please visit the ISA-ELAP website.