Study Abroad Students Awarded $75,950 in Local, National, and International Scholarships

Last November, several UW–Madison students received scholarships to study abroad through International Academic Programs (IAP).  IAP awarded scholarships based merit and financial need. Specifically, 38 merit-based scholarships were awarded for the spring 2010 and winter-intercession students, totaling $35,500, and 18 students received general IAP scholarships for the spring 2010 and winter-intercession, totaling $15,000.

Four students also received scholarships through the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program to help fund their spring study abroad in France, Ecuador, Egypt, and the Czech Republic.  Julia McAdams, a senior, studying in Montpellier, France, received a $4,000 scholarship.  Ariella Ahlzadeh, a junior, is studying on the Cultural Experiences Abroad (CEA) Prague Liberal Arts program in the Czech Republic, and Kola Xiong, a senior, is studying on the Tropical Conservation Program in Ecuador. Both received $5,000.  Rehan Quraishi, a junior, received $8,000 for his program at the American University in Cairo, Egypt.

The Gilman Program provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs worldwide.  The scholarship is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and is a congressionally funded program that is administered by the Institute of International Education through its Southern Regional Center in Houston, TX.

In addition, Max Morgen, a junior, was awarded the Japan Student Service Organization (JASSO) scholarship to help fund his spring semester in Nanzan, Japan.  The scholarship gives 80,000 yen relocation allowance, as well as a monthly stipend of 80,000 yen for three months. The combined dollar amount is about $3,450USD.  JASSO scholarships are available to qualified students who have been admitted to a Japanese university under a student exchange agreement with a Japanese college or university. The scholarship program is intended to encourage student exchange between universities in Japan and their overseas partner institutions to promote understanding and friendship between the countries participating.

More information on the programs or available scholarships can be found on IAP Web site.

IAP financial advisers are available for students who are interested in learning more about scholarships and funding their study abroad experience.  More information on financial planning can be found on the Web site.