Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards

SCHOLARSHIPS AFFILIATED with Student Affairs and Services

MSU Student Affairs and Services has more than 20 scholarships available for undergraduate and graduate students. The deadline for most of these scholarships is in March. For more information and to apply, visit the MSU Student Affairs and Services scholarship page:

Questions? Contact Allison Tilma in the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs and Services at (517) 355-7535 or email



1. Opportunities

TOMODACHI Initiative Grants
Deadline: September 15, 2018
The TOMODACHI Initiative seeks to provide grant funds to organizations that aim to foster a generation of American and Japanese leaders who commit to strong U.S.-Japan relations. Grants between $5,000 and $80,000 may be used to develop cross-cultural youth leadership, help underserved communities learn about foreign cultures, and bring diverse voices to the U.S.-Japanese relationship. Preference will be given to programs that focus on STEM or help young women succeed in the STEM or business fields.

STEM Classroom Grants
Deadline: September 21, 2018
FirstEnergy supports teacher professional-development and classroom projects that focus on the STEM fields. K-12 educators and youth group leaders are eligible to apply for grant awards of up to $1,000.

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program
Deadline: November 20, 2018
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program is the largest undergraduate scholarship program available to high-achieving high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend the nation’s best four-year colleges and universities. In addition to the monetary award, Cooke Scholars receive comprehensive educational advising, significant cohort-based programming, and graduate school funding, as well as a thriving network of nearly 2,500 fellow Cooke Scholars and alumni.

SR Education Group
Deadline: September 29, 2018
The SR Education Group offers a $5,000 scholarship open to students at least 16 years old with financial need enrolled at an accredited post-secondary academic institution. Applicants must submit an online application which includes two 300-500-word essays.

2. Funding Your Study Abroad Experience


Dean’s Scholarship for Undergraduate Study Abroad

and the Ian J. Render Memorial Scholarship for Study
Abroad to South Africa Scholarship
Click here to download the application
Four scholarships of at least $3,000 each will be awarded to help students cover expenses that exceed on-campus costs related to their chosen College of Education study abroad program.
The Scholarships will provide support to undergraduates enrolled in College of Education credit-bearing study abroad programs in the summer of 2016, fall of 2016, or spring of 2017.
The scholarships will significantly lower the cost barrier of study abroad and enable the engagement of students in powerful learning experiences that lead to greater understanding of diverse peoples and cultures.
Applications will be reviewed by a faculty committee: Promising applicants will be invited to a selection interview. The deadline for application submission: January 31, 2016. Applications can be downloaded from the Office of International Studies in Education website starting November 15, 2015 at 5:00 pm. The College of Education is eager to assist you with your questions about the application process.
Other Questions? Contact Elizabeth Gil (
Additional Resources to Assist with Navigating and Funding Study Abroad:
Preparing Teachers for Global Classrooms Through Study Abroad Scholarship – Annual scholarship for teacher education students participating in MSU-sponsored study abroad programs to Africa, Asia, or Latin America.

Paying for Study Abroad – There are many ways to help pay for study abroad and maximize the resources that are available to you. Links on this page will help you identify a program that you CAN afford that also fits your interests and meets your academic needs.

FAQs Concerning Financial Aid for Study Abroad – Frequently asked questions regarding financial aid for study abroad
Financing Study Abroad Scholarship Information – OSA offers its own scholarships, but be sure to look at other opportunities, too.

Office of Study Abroad Peer Advisors – Peer Advisers share their experiences, answer your questions, and give you advice. They can help you find a program that suits your schedule, major and interests. They can guide you through the application process, answer questions about scholarships and financial aid, and offer a student perspective on the various aspects of being abroad and returning home.

3. Scholarships for Latino Students

Deadline: August 31, 2018
Buenas Opiniones offers a renewable $2,500 scholarship, along with personal, leadership, professional development opportunities, as well as networking and mentorship. The scholarship is open to Latino high school seniors, community college students, and current college students. Applicants must submit a 500 to 1,000-word essay on their struggles as a Latino student.

Scholarship application for female high school senior or full-time college students from the metro-Detroit area. With your new position I’m not sure if you work mostly with seniors, but I wanted to pass it along in case you did or if you know of people who would be eligible to apply.

Here is the link for the application:

Critical Language Scholarship Program

The CLS Program is a fully-funded intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities. Students spend eight to ten weeks abroad studying one of 15 critical languages: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu. Most CLS languages do not require previous study of the target language. The CLS Program seeks participants with diverse interests, and from a wide range of fields of study and career paths, with the purpose of representing the full diversity of the United States. Participants are selected based on their commitment to language learning and plans to apply their language skills to their future academic or professional pursuits. Applications to the CLS Program are due by 
Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. EST and can be found here. Visit the Program’s website here to learn more.