This information is updated for the 2018 Study Abroad Planning Scholarship cycle. Please note: ASU students who qualify for the ISA Planning Scholarship will be invited to apply in mid-February 2018. If an ASU student receives the ISA Planning Scholarship, the student will have five (5) semesters to use it after his/her freshman year.
ISA planning scholarships provide first generation college students with the opportunity to also be the first to study abroad by reducing the financial barrier that may prevent some students from considering study abroad.
Studying abroad is frequently cited as a milestone in a student’s personal development. Having the opportunity to explore different cultures not only teaches you about someone else’s culture, but also about your own. Students who are the first in their family to attend college also have the incredible opportunity to be the first in their family to ever study abroad while in college—or perhaps ever at all! As the first person in your family to be presented with such a unique opportunity, ASU wants to make sure you have additional funding opportunities to make your dream a reality.
All ISA Study Abroad Planning Scholarships awarded are conditional upon your full participation in an approved ISA study abroad program. If you withdraw from your program, for any reason (voluntary or involuntary), awards may be revoked. If your award is revoked after funds have been disbursed to you, you will be billed for the amount of the award through your ASU student account.
Scholarship Amounts for 2018-2019:
25 ISA Planning Scholarships* in the amount of $4,000 for ISA semester programs/$2,000 for ISA summer programs
The ISA Study Abroad Planning Scholarship allows students to participate on any ISA program offered through the ASU Study Abroad Office during the summer, semester, or academic year (excludes all summer faculty-directed programs). Click here to view available ISA programs. To be eligible for the ISA Study Abroad Planning Scholarship, students must:
Be a first-generation college student;
Be a second-semester degree-seeking freshman at ASU;
Have a minimum cumulative ASU GPA of 2.75 or better at the time of application;
Demonstrate financial need and have a current FAFSA on file with ASU Financial Aid and Scholarship Services at the time of application;
Have the equivalent of one full-time semester of completed and posted ASU credit hours at the time of application;
Be in good standing with the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities;
Click here to view all ISA programs approved by the ASU Study Abroad Office.
Three short answer essays (about 250 words each)
One essay question (minimum 500 words)
Basic profile information to be used for publications
Signed release form
Terms of agreement, including: participation in a Planning Scholarships cohort that meets twice a semester and commitment to two study abroad-focused activities
NOTE: within the application, applicants will be directed to choosing Academic Year 2018-2019 as the selected term, but please note that this scholarship is to be used for spring 2019 and beyond
February 15, 2018: application opens
June 1, 2018: application closes, 11:59pm AZ time
July 15, 2018: notification to applicants
Accepting an ISA Study Abroad Planning Scholarship may result in changes to your ASU financial aid package.
Qualified students can only apply once to the ISA Study Abroad Planning Scholarship.
Qualified students can apply to both the ASU and ISA Study Abroad Planning Scholarship, or select just one. Students can only receive one of these types of scholarships.
Qualified students will be eligible for more program options if they have a 2.75 GPA and above at the time of their study abroad program application.