Scholarship Opportunities

Wofford’s generous financial aid transfer policy permits merit and need-based aid to transfer from Wofford to a Wofford-approved study abroad program for one semester. See below for more funding opportunities, including external scholarships. Eligible students will automatically be considered for Wofford Travel Grants, The Road Less Traveled Grant, and Partnership Access Grants by completing their program application by the stated Wofford deadline.


Wofford Travel Grants

The College awards approximately $150,000 to study abroad students annually through Wofford Travel Grants. These grants are donor-funded, and students’ documented financial need and academic merit are the primary considerations for selection. Wofford Travel Grants are available for short-term programs (Interim and summer programs), as well as fall and academic-year programs. Beginning in 2022, all eligible applicants will be considered for these grants upon completion of a brief questionnaire as part of the program application.

The C. Yorke Lawson Cultural Immersion Scholarship

Funding one student annually, the C. Yorke Lawson Cultural Immersion Scholarship applies toward a full academic year of study abroad with a focus on cultural integration. This competitive scholarship seeks ambitious and mature applicants with demonstrated need and a strong interest in opportunities for immersion.

The Road Less Traveled Grant

The Road Less Traveled Grant promotes the best programs offered by our consortia which are less frequently selected by Wofford students. Grants are available for full-year ($2000), semester ($1000), and summer ($500) to qualified students applying to specific programs. Eligible students must apply to their program of choice by the stated deadline to be considered.

Partnership Access Grants

Partnership Access Grants fund students applying to programs sponsored by CIEE Study Abroad, IES Abroad, and SIT Study Abroad. Eligible students must apply to their program of choice by the stated deadline to be considered.

Partner Program Scholarships

Many of Wofford’s study abroad partners offer merit-based, need-based, and/or diversity-related scholarships. Students are encouraged to consult their partner program’s website to to view up-to-date information regarding scholarship applications and deadlines.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

The Gilman Scholarship program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and the Institute of International Education. Only students who currently receive a Federal Pell Grant or who can provide proof they will receive a Federal Pell Grant at the time of travel are eligible for this scholarship program. There is no minimum program length required, so programs during any term (semester, summer, academic year, interim) are eligible. 

Boren Scholarship

The Boren Scholarship is sponsored by National Security Education Program. The Boren Scholarship program is for students conducting intensive language study in Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Typically, students must participate in a study abroad program which is at least 6 months in length to be considered competitive. Boren Scholars must work for the federal government for at least one year after graduation.

Fund for Education Abroad Scholarship

The Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) offers a wide range of scholarships for study abroad students, such as special funds for LGBTQIA-identified students, students studying in specific countries, regions, etc. To be eligible, students must be participating in a credit-bearing study abroad program, and their program must be at least 4-weeks in length.

U.S. Government Scholarships and Programs

The U.S. Department of State offers a wide range scholarship and program opportunities for undergraduate students.

CIEE Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship

The CIEE Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship funds 10 students of color for a fully funded summer study abroad program. Those who do not receive the fellowship are automatically offered a $1500 grant toward another CIEE summer program. Wofford will match a $1500 grant awarded to students who apply but do not receive the CIEE Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship for a total of $3000 per student towards summer study abroad.

Diverse International Women Of Color Study Abroad Scholarship

The Diverse International Women Of Color Study Abroad Scholarship is intended to assist women of color who are exceptional in their studies and in need of financial assistance to study abroad. DIWC awards $500 scholarships to women of color who have been accepted to an in-person study abroad program.

The Going Abroad Scholarship

The Going Study Abroad Scholarship is open to any citizen and/or resident of the United States (and its territories and possessions) who is enrolled full-time at an accredited institution of higher learning. All other entries will be disqualified. Twice a year, two outstanding students will win $1,500 scholarships towards their upcoming study abroad program.

Study Abroad in Japan: Bridging Scholarships

The Bridging Project offers scholarships to American undergraduate students participating in study-abroad programs in Japan. The United States-Japan Bridging Foundation funds scholarships administered through AATJ to help students study abroad in Japan for a semester or an academic year. Since 1999, more than 2,000 students have received Bridging Scholarships to study abroad in Japan.

Freeman-ASIA Scholarship

Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA) provides scholarships for U.S. undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia.