High School Study Abroad Scholarships

Did you know that there are scholarships that exist specifically for high school students? That means that you can get financial aid for studying abroad and not even break your piggy bank of college funds. Pretty cool, right?

To help explain this phenomenon, consult these five W’s of high school study abroad scholarships:

Who Can Apply for High School Scholarships?

Even though the trend is rising, high school students looking to study abroad do not form a large portion of the academic demographic. This is great news; less competition for you! Take advantage of this smaller niche to extend your network and gather all resources available.

What Kind of High School Scholarships are there?

There are more scholarship types out there than there are electives to pick for senior year. Get familiar with the different types of financial aid options, and see which one is more relevant to you (and don’t forget that you can fit into more than one category!)

  • Athletics: If you’re the future Cristiano Ronaldo or Aaron Rodgers, use your ball game to get some extra moolah.
  • Artistic. Record a violin concerto, choreograph a dance routine, and paint a masterpiece. Then, use it to snag an arts-based scholarship.
  • Demographic: Minorities, take advantage of these! Whether it’s ethnicity, gender, or religion, there’s probably a demographic feature you can take advantage of.
  • School Sponsored: The first place to check for high school scholarships should be your high school financial aid office. Ask your counselor if they have any resources available.
  • Location: Did you already check if your desired host country offers scholarships to students coming there? If not, you should.
  • Need-Based: If your parents’ bank statements aren’t overflowing with money, you might quality for financial aid. This one usually requires parental involvement, so give them a heads up before the due date.
  • Program. The biggest chance for scoring a scholarship will probably be through your high school program provider. Ask what your options are.
  • Scholastic: These scholarships focus on grades, class ranking, and GPA’s. Now is the time to put all of those late night study sessions to good use! Some of these are subject-specific, so even if you’re not an Einstein throughout the board, that talent for biology might get you some brownie points somewhere.

When Should You Apply for High School Scholarships?

Save the procrastination for math homework, and get a head start on applications for your high school scholarships. The research, paperwork, revision, and selection process takes some time, so give yourself plenty of wiggle room.

  • Be Proactive. Start looking for scholarships at least a semester before your intended study abroad term.
  • Stay Organized.Put all deadlines on a calendar; don’t be afraid to color code in terms of importance. This helps figure out what to focus on with a mere glance.
  • Finish Ahead of Time.It’s good practice to aim to finish all paperwork a week before the deadline. You never know what will pop up: pesky illnesses, impossible science projects, surprise essays. And if the scholarship calls for something you missed at first glance (recommendation letter?!), you have a safe amount of time to gather all additional materials.

Why Apply for a High School Scholarship?

We are pretty sure you can figure this one out on your own, but we had to mention it; who doesn’t want extra money? There are many different expenses involved in going abroad, so consider each component as its own expenditure.

  • Program Fees. Most scholarships are applicable toward the program fees, which usually include the application process, scholastic support, classes, and supplies abroad.
  • Accommodation Fees. Some accommodation fees might be included in the program cost, especially if you signed up for a homestay. However, this is not always the case.
  • Transportation Fees. There’s not a lot of scholarships that cover transportation costs, so if you need help covering that plane ticket, consider starting a FundMyTravel fundraiser.
  • Spending Money. You probably won’t be getting a weekend job while studying abroad, and Mom and Dad won’t be there to give you a weekly allowance. So, it’s necessary to save up some money beforehand.

Additional Tips for High School Students Looking for Scholarships

Here are some great points of advice for your scholarship applications. Most of these are good skills to use further down the line, and practice makes perfect. Once college applications roll around, you can sell counseling sessions to clueless classmates.

  • Apply to as many scholarships as possible. Don’t get discouraged if you don’t win the first scholarship you apply for. Sometimes, competition is tough and chances of winning are slim. But if you don’t try at all, chances are zero.
  • Don't shy away from essays. No one likes them, but they are vital parts of legitimate scholarships. With practice, you’ll get the hang of them and they’ll lose their dreaded quality. Also, you can usually use a general template for multiple essay topics; just be sure to make each essay personal and relevant.
  • Check options daily. Scholarship directories are updates on a daily basis, so check often. Apply to a wide net of financial aid options, answer all optional questions on search engines, and make sure to complete your profile for greatest results.

Top High School Study Abroad Scholarships

  • International Students Scholarship Award

    In support of the AIC Mission, Vision and Goals, and to create educational opportunities at AIC for international students of exceptional ability and potential, AIC is excited to announce its International Students Scholarship Programme for the 2013 - 2014 academic year, valued at 1,000,000 RMB. The goal of the AIC International Students Scholarship Programme is to support exceptionally talented students and challenge them ...

  • Awareness Scholarship

    TWU offers partial scholarships from USD 250 up to USD 1,800. Qualified students may apply based on criteria which may include: academic grade point average, financial need, number and level of courses attempted in high school, rank in class, and information included on the International Awareness Scholarship application. Each scholarship is based upon meeting the individual scholarship requirements and the application comp...

  • Gulen Institute Youth Platform

    The Gulen Institute encourages all high school students from the U.S. and abroad to participate in the Youth Platform because it: * Helps young minds define problems related to stable peace and social harmony, discuss them, and offer possible solutions from their own perspectives * Contributes to achieving a positive impact on society by building social skills * Helps students improve research and writing skills th...

  • Congress-Bundestag Scholarship

    Imagine everything you'll learn with a full scholarship to study abroad in Germany. This is an experience that can change your life. Since 1983, this Congressionally funded youth exchange program has helped to prepare young people for living in a global society. This program will allow you to develop critical intercultural skills while learning what it's like to live and attend school in Germany. The Congress-Bundestag Y...

  • Helen Tronvold Norwegian Folk High School Scholarship

    The Sons of Norway Foundation Helen Tronvold Norwegian Folk High School Scholarship, established in 2005, supports the Sons of Norway Foundation's goal of providing cross-cultural experiences for youth. Helen Tronvold remembered Sons of Norway youth with a special bequest in her will that is a major source of funding for this scholarship. The Sons of Norway Foundation Board of Directors will determine,on a yearly bas...

  • Young Scholars Program

    The Foundation's Young Scholars Program is designed to nurture exceptional students who have demonstrated, through academic excellence and extracurricular activities, that they have the potential to excel. Students apply for the program in 7th grade, enter the program in 8th grade, and continue through high school.

  • American Serbia and Montenegro Youth Leadership Exchange: Placement (ASMYLE:p)

    The Collaborative Research Fellowship, administered by American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS and the National Council for Eurasian and East European Research (NCEEER) with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, provides up to A-SMYLE is a U.S. Government-funded program which provides opportunities for high school age students, ages 15 to 18, from Montenegro and Serbia to spend a year in...

  • Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Abroad Scholarship

    The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Abroad (YES Abroad) program provides competitive merit-based scholarships for American citizens in secondary school, age 15 to 18.5, to study for one academic year in select countries. Program includes round-trip airfare, room and board, orientation, in-country support, cultural activities, school tuition, secondary medical benefits, visa fees, and a modest stipend. YES Abroad w...

  • Dell Scholars Program

    The Dell Scholars Program is a scholarship program unique in the type of students it supports and how it fosters those students on their path to a college degree. An initiative of the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, the Dell Scholars Program provides its students with resources and mentoring beyond initial financial assistance to ensure they have the support they need to obtain a college degree.

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