FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
When Should I Apply for a Scholarship?
ISA offers scholarships throughout the calendar year. It's always a good idea for students to get started on the application sooner, rather than later. Don't forget that it may take some time to gather the necessary supporting documents, so giving yourself at least 2-3 weeks before the deadline can help ensure you meet the deadline.
Deadlines for scholarships are as follows:
Summer Programs: February 28
Fall (and Fall-start) Programs: April 30
Winter/Spring (and Winter-start) Programs: October 30
What documents do I need to fill out the ISA Budget and Funding Form?You will need both your home university award letter and your SAR. Your home university award letter is a document from your home university's financial aid office that states what financial aid you have been awarded, and often asks if you plan to accept or decline the awards.
The Student Aid Report (SAR) is a document that can be printed directly from the FAFSA website.
How Competitive are the Scholarships?
This depends on the number of students applying. The majority of students who travel abroad do not apply for scholarships, which increases the chances of those who do apply! We always encourage students to take the time to apply!
How are Scholarship Decisions Made?
ISA sends all eligible applications to an outside committee comprised of university officials to review the applications according to established criteria. The committee takes into consideration the student's essay, transcript, and ISA Budget and Funding Form (if applicable).
When Are Recipients Notified?
All students who have submitted a scholarship application will be notified of the decision six weeks after the deadline.
How do I Receive the Funds?
ISA scholarship recipients will have the award amount applied to the overall program balance. Should the student already be paid in full, a refund check will be sent to the student's permanent address on file with ISA.
I just Graduated High School, Is There a Scholarship for Me?
Rising High School seniors who are accepted to an ISA Gap Year program are eligible to apply for the ISA Gap Year scholarship.
Who do I Contact If I Have Further Questions?
If you require further assistance after reading this page, please contact ISA by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please keep in mind that particularly around the scholarship deadline, it may take some time to respond to your inquiry.
How do I Apply?
Once you have been accepted into an ISA program, check out the Eligibility Requirements and Application for further information. When you're ready to apply, complete the application and send via email to isascholarships.org by the deadline. Scholarship applications that are received past the deadline will NOT be considered.
What Are Some Things That Students Overlook in Their Scholarship Applications?
Applicants wait until the last minute and then may miss the deadline. Applications MUST be received by ISA by the deadline. Late submissions will NOT be considered. This can be especially challenging if the application deadline falls on a weekend or holiday as there will not be anyone available to ask last minute questions, so applicants should plan accordingly.
Applicants do not spend time preparing materials. They should write their essays well in advance of the deadline, ask someone to proof it for them, revise and then submit.
Do I Need to Submit a Separate Application For Each Scholarship I'm Applying For?
No. Only one scholarship application is required for ISA and Host University scholarships. Be sure to indicate all scholarships you are applying for on the application and double-check that you have included all necessary documents.
How Many Different Scholarships Can a Student Be Awarded From ISA?
Students can apply for multiple scholarships; however, students are only eligible to be awarded one ISA scholarship. Where host university scholarships are offered, students may also be awarded one host university scholarship.
Are Students Able to Receive Both a University-Sponsored Scholarship and an ISA Scholarship?
Yes. Students are eligible to receive both an ISA scholarship and a Host University scholarship.
I’m Doing an Internship or Service-Learning Program, am I Eligible to Apply?
Students accepted to an ISA Internship or Service-Learning program can apply for most ISA scholarships. The Pacific Access, Gap Year and the Host University Scholarships are the exceptions.
Additional notes about eligibility:
- Students must be accepted to a January or September-intake Internship program of 8 weeks or longer; OR a Spring or Fall Service-Learning program of 8 weeks or longer to apply for a corresponding ISA Fall or Spring award.
- Students must be accepted to a May or June-intake Internship program of 8 weeks or longer; OR a Summer Service Learning program of 8 weeks or longer to apply for an ISA Summer award.
What Specific Documents are Students Required to Submit with Their Scholarship Application?
The following documents MUST be submitted in order to be considered for a scholarship:
- SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION
- ISA BUDGET AND FUNDING FORM (IF APPLICABLE)