Bridging Scholarship Essay

General UC Davis Study Abroad Awards
Program/Major Specific Study Abroad Awards
Additional Resources

The Undergraduate and Prestigious Scholarships office provides information, resources, and support services to students for highly competitive, merit-based scholarships and fellowships.  There are many prestigious scholarship programs that fund studying abroad, all of which require extensive applications, excellent academics, clear purpose for studying abroad, and strong letters of recommendation.  For more information, please visit their website, contact Scott Palmer, the UC Davis Prestigious Scholarship Advisor, or watch his workshop video.

The types of scholarships include:

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program– Student must be: receiving a Federal Pell Grant at time of application; accepted into a credit bearing program; and studying or interning abroad for at least four weeks in one country. For more information, watch this PowerPoint or come to an Information Session, held in the International Center, 463 California Avenue:

  • Tuesday, January 30th @ 5:30-6:30 – 2nd Floor Conference Room (International Center)
  • Thursday, February 15th @ 12:30-1:30 – 2nd Floor Conference Room (International Center)
  • Wednesday, February 21st @ 12-1:00 – International Center Room 3119 (during Winter Fair)

   Summer Applications are due March 6, 2018 at 9:59pm PST.

     Select "Nicole Uhlinger" as the advisor for any UC Davis Summer Abroad, Summer Internships, Aspen Felt for Quarter Abroad; select "Tiffany Macias Silva" as the advisor for any UCEAP or Independent programs.  For advising and essay review, please contact Scott Palmer.

   Congratulations to the 9 UC Davis Gilman Recipients who received a total of $35,000 to support their 2017 Spring Study Abroad costs!

David Boren Scholarship– Students must be: a U.S. Citizen; working towards an undergraduate degree throughout the entirety of the scholarship; studying abroad in Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, or the Middle East in a country that is critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad (see list of eligible countries on Boren website); study a foreign language during the study abroad.

The Fulbright Scholarship– Winners receive funding to research or serve as English Teaching Assistants (ETA’s) for up to 1 year in a foreign country. Specific amounts and length of time vary by country.  See website.

IIE Generation Study Abroad Travel Grant - Grants will be made available for U.S. students from a broad range of backgrounds to make it possible for them to participate in academic, internship or service-learning experiences abroad. The scholarship program is intended to diversify study abroad and to encourage students to go abroad who would otherwise not participate in an international experience as part of their college education, especially in support of high-achieving, low-income students.

STA Travel "Start the Adventure" Scholarship

STA Travel Airfare Deposit Program - Lock in the price of your airline ticket with a $300 deposit. Available to students, teachers, and anyone under 30 (conditions apply).    

Undergraduate Scholarship Application

UC Davis Financial Aid and Scholarships external scholarship compilation.

  • Watch the following two-part PowerPoint Presentation, "Financial Aid & Scholarships for Study Abroad" with Soua Lo & Rosana Avila.  Part 1; Part

UC Davis Financial Aid for Summer Abroad 2017 - First come, first served!

Information Sessions: Attend a Financial Aid Workshop in Dutton Hall Room 1225 from10:30-11:30am: January 25, February 22, or March 22.

Additional sources of funding can be sought after through outside public and private organizations. Other options include taking on a part-time job, changing your spending habits, and fundraising.  Check out our Prezi presentation for more ideas!  Deadlines vary so begin researching these scholarships before applying for a study abroad program.

General UC Davis Study Abroad Awards

UC Davis Summer, Summer Internship, Fall Quarter, & Seminars Abroad Awards

UC Davis Study Abroad is pleased to announce that $100,000 is available for 2017/18 Study Abroad Awards!

Study Abroad Awards are now open for Summer, Summer Internships, and Fall Quarter Abroad 2018 programs. You must already be saved a spot in a 2018 program by the submission deadline; students with incomplete applications will not be considered. You do not have to be eligible for financial aid in order to receive an award. 

The award will open January 10th, 2018. Please follow these steps:

(1) Log into your Study Abroad account

(2) Click “Search Scholarships” tab

(3) Click “Apply Now”

(4) Follow the online instructions and answer the first prompt: 1) How the specific study abroad program you have chosen is related to your academic, personal, or professional goals (700 word limit; please remember to include a title)

Some of the Study Abroad Awards will include other criteria.  Please respond to prompt two if applicable: 2) If you are facing social, economic, or other substantial challenges to study abroad, please describe them (300 word limit).

Award amounts usually range from $500-$2,000 per student. The details are in this flyer.

Deadline for Summer and Fall Quarter Abroad 2018: Tuesday, March 6th, 2018.  Study Abroad Award recipients will be announced via email by March 30, 2018. 

Deadline forSummer Internships: February 2, 2018. Study Abroad Award recipients will be announced via email by February 23, 2018.  

Study Abroad Award Writing Workshops will be held on Wednesday 2/6/18 from 3-4pm in room #2119 International Center with Faculty Director, Aliki Dragona at the new International Center.  Come learn how to strengthen your essays and improve your chances of winning an award!  Tips for Writing a "Statement of Purpose.

Check out the recording from the Writing Workshop here.

UC Education Abroad Program (UCEAP)

Visit the UCEAP Scholarship’s page for full funding details.

UCEAP Promise Awards

Over 500 awards, $1,000 for summer to $2,000 for fall, spring, or academic year programs will be distributed. ​ Award decisions will be announced by e-mail before the April 1 (Summer), May 1 (Fall), and November 1 (Spring) withdrawal deadlines.

In order to apply, first register with MyEAP to start an application to study abroad. Once in MyEAP, look for a link to the scholarship application on the menu on the left side.  Be prepared to provide: 1) an application form, 2) a statement of purpose and 3) a copy of your transcript.

University of St. Andrews Scholarship – UC Davis students who apply for and are placed at University of St. Andrews, Scotland, are eligible to apply for a $2,000 University of St. Andrews award, made possible by a UC Davis faculty donor. Please contact UCEAP Advisor Christina Siracusa for more information on this award.

Program/Major Specific Study Abroad Awards

Diversity Network Scholarships 

The Diversity Network provides several scholarship awards to students enrolled at its member institutions.

Summer 2018:  Students enrolled at a Diversity Network Member institution and planning to study abroad during the summer of 2018 are encouraged to apply for the $1000 award.  Students must:

  • Attend a Diveristy Network member instution (UC Davis is one)
  • Have minimum cumulative 2.75 GPA or the equivalent at an accredited university or college. 
  • Be willing to share their experiences abroad with the community via blogs (at least once a week), article submission (one or two article required depending on length of study abroad program) and participate in the Discussion Boards.

Follow this link for application details (opens Feb 1).  If you are non-UCD student applying to a UC Davis Study Abroad Program, make sure to list UC Davis as your institution.  Deadline: April 13, 2018

UC Davis Department of English Spring Quarter Abroad Travel Award

To be eligible for the one $1,000 award, the applicant must meet ALL of the following criteria:
Be a full‐time undergraduate English major, in good academic standing with a UC GPA of 3.0 or higher, plan to apply or have been accepted to the Spring Quarter London Abroad program offered through UC Davis.

Proof of program acceptance is required for final award disbursement. Award disbursement will be posted for Spring Quarter. Applications must be emailed to Lynda Jones ( by Thursday October 17, 2017, 5:00pm. 

UC Davis International Relations (IR) Study Abroad Scholarship

The scholarships are $500-$1,000 per student and multiple scholarships are awarded each year.  In order to be eligible to receive a scholarship applicants must be full time UC Davis International Relations students, be in good academic standing with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, and plan to apply or have been selected to an eligible study abroad or unpaid internship abroad program.  Applications are available on the IR website.  The application & required documentation is due to Katy Pattison in 464 Kerr Hall by 4:00 pm on Friday, December 8th, 2017.

UC Davis American Studies Program Study Abroad Award

The American Studies Program is pleased to announce its scholarship program for international study. All UC Davis AMS Majors and Minors are welcome to apply. Awards from $500–$1000 are available to be used in conjunction with UC Davis Summer Abroad 2017, Summer Abroad Internships 2017, Quarter Abroad Fall 2018, or UC Education Abroad Programs in the 2016/2017 Academic year. Award winners will be announced in April 2017, and the funds will be made available once the student has enrolled in a study-abroad program (typical use of the award includes air travel, or program fees). Winners will be judged on the basis of their responses to the prompt below.

All applications must be emailed to the Student Advisor at by Friday, March 17, 2017 at 5pm.  Winners will be judged on the basis of their responses to the prompt in the 2017 application, found on the American Studies homepage.  

UC Davis Guardian Scholar & UC Davis Study Abroad Ann E. Pitzer Scholarship in International Education

The Guardian Scholars Program and Study Abroad are pleased to announce the Ann E. Pitzer Scholarship for Guardian Scholar international study.  Applicant must be a Guardian Scholar to apply; you do not have to qualify for financial aid.  Up to $1,000 will be available to be used with a UC Davis Summer or Summer Internship Abroad Program 2018, UC Davis Seminars Program, UC Davis Quarter Abroad Fall 2018 or Spring 2018 or a UCEAP Academic year 2018-2019.  Applications due date:Tuesday, March 6th, 2018 at 4:30 PM to 107 South Hall.  View the 2018 application.

UC Davis Art Studio Study Abroad Award

$1,000 Award based on the quality of their exhibited work. Eligibility: Scholarship for student enrolled in 4 week intensive study abroad in France. Students must have financial need in order to receive this scholarship.  Please see the Art Studio Undergraduate Awards page for more details. 

UC Davis Blum Center for Developing Economies Grants

Grants are available for International Development Work in the US and abroad- through the BLUM Center for Developing Economies.  The grant is up to $2,000 (for undergrads) and up to $4,000 (for grad students) to implement hands-on applications or to develop research.  Undergraduates must work in conjunction with a Non Government Organization (NGO) in a developing country.  Application due February 28th, 2018 for undergraduate students and March 30th, 2018 for graduate students. 

CAPA Scholarships – UC Davis Quarter Abroad London & Sydney

CAPA offers a need-based scholarships to students participating in Quarter Abroad London & Sydney. Scholarships range from $500-$5000.  The amount is determined by online personal essay questions and the Financial Assessment Form.  Deadline for Fall 2018 (Australia): May 23, 2018.  Deadline for fall 2017 (Sydney): May 4, 2017.  Visit their website for full details.

CFHI Scholarships – UC Davis Quarter Abroad Mexico UC & UC Davis Summer Abroad Global Health Internship 

UC Davis Study Abroad Latino/a Health Internship Scholarship - Scholarship Award: $1000 toward the UC Davis Quarter Abroad program fee.

Participants on Quarter Abroad Oaxaca can apply for a $500-$1,000 scholarship from CFHI. For more information, please see the CFHI Scholarship page. 

Eligibility: Any prospective student who intends to participate in the UC Davis Study Abroad Latino/a Health Internship Program in Oaxaca, Mexico starting September 2018. Applicants must be in good standing and have a GPA of 2.0 or above. Deadline for submission: February 15th, 2018.

UC Davis Summer Abroad Global Health Internship- Scholarship Award: $500 toward the UC Summer Abroad Global Health Internship program fee.

Eligibility: Any prospective student who intends to participate in a UC Davis Summer Abroad Global Health Internship Program in Bolivia, Philippines, India or South Africa in 2018. Applicants must be in good standing and have a GPA of 2.0 or above. Deadline for submission: February 15th, 2018.

CEA Quarter Scholarships

Scholarships are based on merit, need, and diversity for students going on CEA programs.  Please see their website for more details. 

Participants on Quarter Abroad Italy are eligible to apply for CEA Scholarships, which range from $1500 to $3000. The deadline is in the spring (TBA) for merit and need-based scholarships.  Please see the CEA Scholarship page for more details.

Bridging Scholarships for Quarter Abroad Japan

Participants on Quarter Abroad Japan are eligible to apply for a $2,500 Bridging Scholarship. The scholarship typically requires a longer term of study, but participation in Quarter Abroad Japan qualifies students to apply.  Applicants must mention Kyoto Seika University as the program location on the application. Learn how to apply on the Bridging Scholarships website. Applications for spring 2018 scholarships are due by October 11, 2017.

Chinese Government Scholarship for Chinese Language Programs

This includes full or partial scholarships in accordance with the educational exchange agreements or consensus between the Chinese government and governments of other countries, institutions, universities or international organizations. It supports undergraduate students, graduate students, general scholars and senior scholars.

John Wasson Study Abroad Fellowship

UC Davis students in the Department of Chemical Engineering & the UC Davis College of Engineering are eligible to apply. The Fellowship will distribute $7,000 in award money to participate on a program with UC Davis Study Abroad Program: UC Davis Summer 2017, Quarter, Internship, or UCEAP programs during the 2017-2018 academic year. The 2016-2017 application is due by March 20, 2017 to Eugenia Luu at 

For many college-bound students the anticipation of higher education is overshadowed by financial anxieties.

With tuition rising faster than financial aid dollars, more students are finding gaps in their financial aid packages. The gap appears when the student’s expected family contribution (EFC) plus the school’s financial aid package don’t equal the cost of attendance. This gap appears as unmet need on a student’s financial aid award letter.

How can families meet unmet need?

Appeal the financial aid offer. If the college’s package of loans, grants, scholarships and work study come up short, meet with the financial aid office. Write a letter to request a meeting and explain why the school should consider adjusting your aid offer.

Some pointers for the meeting:

• Prepare documentation for the financial aid office to review in support of your case, particularly circumstances not revealed on your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA.)
• Demonstrate that your family’s financial circumstances have changed dramatically since you filed your FAFSA (i.e. death, unemployment, medical expenses).
• Different schools have different attitudes toward financial aid appeals. Some schools like to see the aid packages offered by other schools you’re considering, while others might be put off by its inclusion.
• Be courteous when requesting additional assistance. You’re not trying to drive a bargain on a used car. Approach the aid officer as an ally, not an adversary.

Look for scholarships. Continue to review the results of your Fastweb scholarship search. Keep your profile updated to be sure you’re getting the most relevant results. You can also expand your search to offline sources. Check with your local library, organizations in your community and your employer for additional scholarship opportunities.

Consider a part-time job. If work study isn’t part of your aid package, ask if it’s a possibility. Research the campus and surrounding community to find other viable employment options.

Get the most from your loans. First, be sure you’re borrowing the maximum you can in subsidized loans. For instance, Stafford loans allow dependent undergraduate students to borrow up to $5,500 their freshman year, $6,500 their sophomore year and $7,500 for each remaining year.

If you still don’t have enough money to cover the gap after maximizing your subsidized loans, you can approach a private lender for a supplemental loan. This loan won’t have all the advantages of a Stafford loan, but it could get you to your dream school.

Reduce expenses. Explore ways to reduce the cost of attending school. Is the school in an area where the student might be able to live at home or with relatives in the area? Can you meet the same academic goals at a lower cost institution? Considered accelerated programs where you might complete a degree in three years rather than four. Consider attending a community college for two years, then transferring in to complete your degree.

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