Best Mattress Sleep scholarship

Hey Guys! 

So I got an email a while back about this scholarship, and I somehow missed it when I was going through the mail.  But Best Mattress asked me to pass the information on to you all in case you’re interested!  It’s a scholarship for $1,000 (good start on a study abroad plan!) and the deadline is May 19, 2017 so you need to jump on it fast!  I’ve posted the information below.  Scholarships don’t have to cover the entire cost of your trip if you can add them together.  So here’s a great place to begin planning for your dream trip to study!  The website is here.

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Funding – Bridging Scholarships for Study in Japan

Who:

What:

  • Bridging Project – a program that actively recruits students twice a year to apply for study abroad programs in Japan.  The goal is to introduce cross-cultural relationships and spark an interest in Japan. You can either spend a year or just a semester there at a Japanese University.  It looks like you choose your program and they help with travel/living if you win.  You have to submit a report within 60 days of the program’s ending to the foundation about your experience.

Who Can Apply?: American Undergraduates interested in Japan and currently enrolled in a US university.  Japanese language study is not a pre-requisite – any major can apply. The study abroad program you choose must transfer the credits back to the US university (be part of your major). SUMMER PROGRAMS ARE NOT INCLUDED.  

How Much?: Approximately 100 scholarships for a total of $350,000. $2500 for semester-programs and $4000 for year-long programs. Intended to help with “travel and living expenses”

Paperwork:

  • Application (on the website)
  • Short Essay (up to 500 wrds)
  • Transcript
  • Letter of Recommendation

Where to find out more: Link

 

Boise State passports fund study abroad scholarships

“Boise State passports fund study abroad scholarships”

by DanielleReff via “The Arbiter

Last year, the International Learning Opportunities office put $22,000 toward study abroad scholarships to students through offering passports.

Study abroad scholarships come from a $25 passport processing fee. Boise State is legally required to charge the processing fee. Ninety percent of passport application fees goes directly to study abroad scholarships. The rest of the funds go to the facility: shipping costs, materials and equipment.

Many students on campus don’t know the International Learning Opportunities office is capable of providing anyone, including non-students, with passports. International Learning Opportunities started using the proceeds from being a passport acceptance facility to fund the scholarships.

These scholarships are given almost exclusively to students. Although funds do not go to faculty, there are cases where students are awarded scholarships and go on faculty-led programs that travel abroad.

With her scholarship, Mattie Stanford went to Aarhus University in Denmark.

“I was super excited to receive the scholarship because it meant the opportunity of study abroad was that much more in reach,” Stanford said. “I had found out I would need to travel to San Francisco to apply for a visa before attending Aarhus University.  Having the scholarship to put forth towards those expenses made it possible to travel abroad and experience one of the most exciting and challenging opportunities of my life.”

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“Obama is Wrong to Cut Funding for Study Abroad in Europe”

I hadn’t heard about these cuts, so i’m not that up-to-date, but it would be a tragedy if it were true.  I personally studied in Asia, and I wouldn’t change that decision for a minute. But if your interests lie in EU studies or European interests, these cuts might impact you.  Especially if you need the financial aid.**DB

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“Obama is Wrong to Cut Funding for Study Abroad in Europe”

by Trina Vargo via “US NEWS

The Wrong Pivot to Asia

Don’t discount the importance of studying in Europe as well as Asia.

Studying abroad in London

First lady Michelle Obama recently spoke in China about the importance of studying abroad. Unfortunately, the Obama administration has decided that providing opportunities involving Asia, Africa and Latin America must be achieved at the expense of Americans studying in Europe.

President Obama’s budget proposal will drastically cut the Fulbright program, direct its remaining resources away from Europe, and totally eliminate funding for the George J. Mitchell Scholarship program for study on the island of Ireland (which is operated by the U.S.-Ireland Alliance, of which I am the president). State Department officials have repeatedly told us that they are deprioritizing Europe.

It is a mistake to eliminate opportunities to study in Europe. While the cultural differences may be less dramatic in Ireland than in China, they exist nonetheless and learning to navigate even subtle differences is a necessary skill as we work with our European allies on many fronts. Continue reading