Scholarships

Many scholarships require you to write an essay. Be sure to do your best on the essay, because for many scholarships, the quality of the essay makes a difference as to who receives the scholarships. Stay away from general ideas, such as saying that you are interested in a particular program because you think it will help you to “grow as a person” and “be more open to other cultures”. Think specifically about how a particular experience may help your career and personal goals in the particular country that you are going to.

Do take the time to apply for scholarships. Every year there are scholarships that remained unclaimed because not enough students applied. Even if you do not meet the criteria exactly, you may be the closest to it of all the people who have applied.

Leiby S. Hall Scholarships

The Gies College of Business gives out 8 $2,500 Leiby S. Hall Scholarships each year for U.S. citizens going on semester study abroad programs in the College of Business their Junior or Senior year. Students do not have to apply for this scholarship. They will be selected from those who qualify.

Let the Student Choose Foreign Experience Scholarship

The Let the Student Choose Foreign Experience Scholarship is funded by the Bruce and Anne Strohm Foreign Experience Scholarship, a gift from Bruce and Anne Strohm to facilitate foreign study and travel for students enrolled in the Gies College of Business at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with a demonstrated financial need. The scholarship reviewers will be looking for dynamic students who, in addition to financial need, exhibit a clear purpose for their study abroad plans, and a deliberate approach toward making the most of their study abroad experience to grow personally and enhance their career plans. Recipients will also be expected to exhibit an enthusiastic willingness to “pay forward” this financial gift by sharing their experiences and encouraging fellow students to pursue their own study abroad plans. The Let the Student Choose Foreign Experience Scholarship will award up to $5,000 to two eligible Gies College of Business student this year. Preference shall be given to underrepresented minority students for one of the two awards. Deadlines: For study abroad programs during Winter Break, Spring Break and Spring Semester, the priority application deadline is May 1, and the final application deadline is September 15. For Summer and Fall programs, the deadline is February 15.

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Foreign Life Changing Experience Scholarship

The Foreign Life Changing Experience Scholarship is funded by the Bruce and Anne Strohm Foreign Experience Scholarship, a gift from Bruce and Anne Strohm to facilitate foreign study and travel for students enrolled in the Gies College of Business at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with a demonstrated financial need. The scholarship reviewers will be looking for dynamic students who, in addition to financial need, exhibit a clear purpose for their study abroad plans, and a deliberate approach toward making the most of their study abroad experience to grow personally and enhance their career plans. Recipients will also be expected to exhibit an enthusiastic willingness to “pay forward” this financial gift by sharing their experiences and encouraging fellow students to pursue their own study abroad plans. The Foreign Life Changing Experience Scholarship will award up to $2,500 to up to four eligible Gies College of Business students each year. Preference shall be given to underrepresented minority students for two of the four awards. Funds can be used for either semester or short-term Study Abroad opportunities offered by the Gies College of Business. Each year, at least one Bruce and Anne Strohm Foreign Experience Scholarship will be awarded to a student traveling to Africa. Deadlines: For study abroad programs during Winter Break, Spring Break and Spring Semester, the priority application deadline is May 1, and the final application deadline is September 15. For Summer and Fall programs, the deadline is February 15

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Other Scholarships

All study abroad students should apply for the I4I scholarship, from the study abroad student fee. It can be used for semester or faculty-led programs.

Undergrads going to India should apply for the Wert scholarship.

Any student receiving a Pell Grant should apply for the Gilman Scholarship.

T&M students traveling with the program to China or the business plan competition can expect to receive an automatic $500 scholarship. No application is required.

See other scholarships available through the University of Illinois.