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Study Abroad Scholarships

Although study abroad programs can be expensive, there are several ways to fund the experience including through scholarships and financial aid. 

Past student scholarship winners include

  • Irene Ortega (Su 2017)- Gilman $2,500
  • Sydney Hall (Su 2018)- Gilman $2,500
  • Michael Jackson (Su 2019)- Gilman $1,500
  • Ryhannon Baxter (Sp 2019)- ICISP $500
  • Brenna Long (Sp 2020)- ICISP $1000, HCC $500

Financial Aid

As educational experiences, all Study Abroad programs are eligible for financial aid funds. To determine the amount eligible and deadlines for disbursement, please contact the Financial Aid office. 


Heartland is pleased to offer a Study Abroad Scholarship in the amount of $500 for each academic semester which can be used for any program associated with our Study Abroad program.

  • Oct. 15 for Spring programs
  • Feb. 15 for Summer programs
  • May 15 for Fall programs

Please contact the Study Abroad Coordinator for more information on how to help fund your experience.

Benjamin Gilman International Scholarship 

This program enables students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad, thereby gaining skills critical to our national security and economic competitiveness. Applicants must be receiving a Pell Grant at time of application or prove that he/she will receive a Pell Grant during the study abroad term. Recipients are awarded up to $5,000

  • for Spring & early summer
  • March 5 for Summer and Fall programs

BUTEX (British Transatlantic Exchange Association)

To be eligible to apply you must have been offered a place as a study abroad in England at an institutional member of the British Transatlantic Exchange Association. This is a $750 grant.

  • June for the next academic year

Critical Language Scholarship

CLS is a program of the U.S. Department of State, and is an initiative to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering foreign languages that are critical to national security and economic prosperity. This program is FULLY funded.

  • November deadline for June departure

Fund for Education Award Scholarships 

This scholarship supports students who are underrepresented (minority, community college, and first-generation college students) among the US study abroad population. Grants are up to $5,000 for semester programs and $1, 250 for summer. 

  • January for summer and fall
  • September for Spring
Illinois Consortium for International Studies and Programs (ICISP)

Students who tale part in an ICISP program are eligible to apply for the Founders’ Study Abroad Scholarship, which provides $500 for summer and $1,000 for semester programs.

  • Oct. 15 for Spring programs
  • Feb. 15 for Summer programs
  • May 15 for Fall programs

ICISP also provides information on a few other scholarships, which may be of interest to you as you look to fund your study abroad experience.