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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.

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

Deadlines & Other Information

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

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

Important Note: The Kalyn Peterson, Gap, and Freeman-ASIA Supplemental scholarship deadlines and eligibility are different. Please review application details below.

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

In memory of Dr. Castañeda, ISA offers $2,000 scholarships to be used toward ISA semester programs. These merit and financial need-based scholarships assist students from affiliated universities with the expenses of studying abroad.

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.

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.

Michaela Farnum Memorial Scholarship

Begining in 2008, the Michaela Farnum Memorial Scholarship offers award amounts of $1,000 to students who are studying abroad in an ISA Summer program. These scholarships are both merit and financial need-based scholarships that assist students with the expenses of studying abroad.

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.

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

Live Like Ally Memorial Scholarship

Commencing in 2016, $1,000 scholarships are awarded to students participating in ISA New Zealand Semester programs in memory of Allison Willen. 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.

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.

Gina Rosko Memorial Scholarship

In memory of Gina Rosko, $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to students participating in an ISA Semester program in Australia.

These scholarships were created to honor the memory of Gina Rosko. Gina was a very well-rounded and hard-working young woman who balanced school, volunteering and multiple jobs. Gina was a junior at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee majoring in journalism, participating on the semester study abroad program at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. Her experience was cut short when she tragically lost her life in a car accident in southeastern Australia. We hope that qualifying students will be helped by this scholarship, and will do so in memory of this student.

ISA Diversity Scholarship

ISA began offering the ISA Diversity Scholarship in the fall of 2008 awarding $1,000 to $2,000 scholarships with the goal of bringing the benefits of a global education to historically underserved student populations. This includes, but is not limited to, students identifying as underrepresented races, ethnic origins, sexual orientations, gender identities, as well as first-generation college students and those with accessibility needs.

Kalyn Peterson Memorial 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.

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.

ISA Gap Scholarship

ISA is happy to provide $1,000 to $2,500 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.

ISA Freeman-ASIA Supplemental Scholarship

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

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

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.