UNL Education Abroad Administered Scholarships

These scholarships are awarded by the Education Abroad Office and/or an external committee, and have various types of award criteria, including: language learning, previous travel, program sponsor, host country, and program type. UNL education abroad scholarships are merit-based ("essay-based"), and financial need is also considered. There are three distinct applications: the MAPS Scholarship Application to apply for several awards at one time, the Early Abroad for students going abroad within their first two years at UNL, and the Wiebers for students studying a language abroad. Students are encouraged to apply for all applications that they are eligible for. Students may start scholarship applications prior to acceptance into a program.

*Please note that in order to apply scholarships to a program abroad, students must pursue academic credit for and properly register for their term(s) abroad. Be sure to review all the eligibility requirements for scholarship awards.

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MAPS (Multi-Award Program Specific) Scholarship Application

Complete the MAPS Application to apply for several awards at one time. Completing this application will allow an applicant to be considered for the following awards. The application deadline for summer is January 5th, fall or academic year is March 1st and spring or winter break is October 1st.

Trailblazer Scholarship

The scholarship will support First Generation college students pursuing education abroad, as well as students with no previous travel experience outside North America.

Award Amount
See funding matrix below

STEMGen Abroad Scholarship

This scholarship subsidizes education abroad programs for students majoring in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) discipline, with preference given to students pursuing a program with clear applicability to their degree.

Award Amount
See funding matrix below

Career Connection Scholarship

This scholarship rewards students who:

  • Draw a strong connection between their education abroad program and their academic and career goals
    OR
  • Students pursuing credit-bearing, unpaid or low-paid internships, research, or service learning abroad.

Award Amount
See funding matrix below

LinkedLanguage Scholarship

The goal of the LinkedLanguage Scholarship is to encourage students to go abroad within their first two years at UNL to study a foreign language, and then continue studying the same language upon return to UNL. Recipients are required to:

  • Study intensive Arabic, Chinese, Czech, French, German, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, or Spanish, abroad for at least 4 weeks.
  • Upon return, awardees must take at least two semesters of the same language at UNL.

Award Amount
See funding matrix below

Charlotte Kramer Scholarship

Overview
The Nebraska Alumni Association awards this highly competitive scholarship to one UNL undergraduate student participating in a foreign study program.

Qualifications

  1. Enrolled at UNL as a full-time student in the academic semester immediately preceding the term for which the scholarship is awarded.
  2. Cumulative GPA of 3.2.
  3. Achieved sophomore class standing by the beginning of the term for which the scholarship is awarded.
  4. Enrolled in a foreign study program sponsored by or approved for credit by University of Nebraska–Lincoln.
  5. Apply by January 5 for a scholarship to be used the following summer.

Award Amount
Approximately $500

Recipient Requirements

  • The recipient must attend the Nebraska Alumni Association awards ceremony to receive the award.

Lieding Scholarship and Fellowship Program

Overview
The goal of the Christian Lieding Scholarship and Fellowship Program is to encourage exchange between the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and foreign institutions, especially German or German-speaking universities.  Funding is available for UNL students participating in study abroad programs, and for foreign students who wish to study at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

Qualifications

  1. UNL undergraduate and graduate students, as well as incoming exchange students, are welcome to apply.
  2. Cumulative GPA of 3.25 or equivalent.
  3. Priority will be given to exchanges with Germany and German-speaking countries, but students studying abroad in or coming to UNL from a wide range of countries are encouraged to apply.
  4. Required to take at least 3 credit hours abroad. 

Note: Students cannot receive this scholarship more than once. 

Maximum Award 
Summer: $2,000
Semester $2,500
Academic Year $5,000

Von Gillern Family Scholarship 

Overview
The “Jack and Mary Von Gillern Family Fund in Honor of Kathleen Troop Ireland” was established in 2005 for the benefit and support of UNL. It is the family’s intent to use this fund for study abroad scholarships for UNL students. This fund provides valuable assistance to our students while helping UNL achieve its goal to give more students an international experience.

Qualifications

  1. Regularly enrolled student at UNL and enrolled in an accredited study abroad program through UNL.
  2. Preference shall be given to students in the UNL Honors Program and the College of Architecture Interior Design Program.

Maximum Award 
$1,000

Lutton Bedient Study Abroad Scholarship 

Overview
As part of the capstone experience for the Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs minor, students may choose to complete an international service learning project in the field of human rights or humanitarian affairs in conjunction with a study abroad program. The Jessica Lutton Bedient Study Abroad Scholarship provides $2,500 for travel and related expenses for a student enrolled in HRHA 400, the independent, service learning capstone course, in conjunction with a study abroad program. Students must be enrolled in the HRHA minor in order to be eligible and must receive approval for their proposed service learning project from Dr. Courtney Hillebrecht, HRHA Director, who serves as the independent study advisor for HRHA 400.

Note: To be considered for this scholarship, please include a detailed description of your service-learning project in the goals essay of your MAPS Scholarship Application.

Qualifications

  1. Enrolled in the HRHA minor
  2. Enrolled in HRHA 400, the independent, service learning capstone course
  3. Enrolled in a study abroad program

Maximum Award 
$2,500

Recipient Requirements

  • Receive approval for the proposed service learning project from Dr. Courtney Hillebrecht

Searl International Experience Scholarship

Overview
The Searl International Experience Fund is used for scholarships and travel expenses for students enrolled at UNL, with preference given to students pursuing a major in the College of Business Administration and/or the College of Education and Human Sciences and students who have demonstrated financial need.

Qualifications

  1. Acceptance into an accredited study abroad program.
  2. Preference is given to students pursuing a major in the College of Business Administration and/or the College of Education and Human Sciences
  3. Preference is also given to students who have demonstrated financial need.

Minimum Award
Summer: $2,000
Semester $2,500
Academic Year $5,000

Sorensen Scandinavian Scholarship

Overview
The Robert Chaikin Sorensen and Marjorie Mattson Sorensen Scandinavian Scholarship Fund is used for scholarships and travel expenses for students enrolled at UNL who are participating in an accredited study abroad program in a Scandinavian country. Preference is given to students with demonstrated academic success and "a compelling desire to study abroad."

Qualifications

  1. Acceptance into a study abroad program in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, or Iceland.
  2. Demonstrated academic success.
  3. "A compelling desire to study abroad."

Maximum Award 
No more than half of each student's total cost to participate in the study abroad program.

Cluricaun Irish Society Fund

Overview
A Cluricaun is a mischievous leprechaun of Irish folklore. In this spirit, Lincoln's Irish Community has created the Cluricaun Irish Society. They have established this fund in order to support and encourage University of Nebraska undergraduate students pursuing study abroad opportunities in Ireland.

Qualifications

  1. Regularly enrolled student at UNL and enrolled in an accredited study abroad program through UNL.
  2. Participating in a study abroad program in Ireland.

Recipient Requirements

  • Send the Churicaun Society an account of the experience including the benefits and include a photo.

UNL ISA Scholarship

Overview
For each UNL student who participates on an ISA program, ISA donates to a special UNL ISA scholarship grant fund. UNL then applies the grant fund towards the ISA program fees of selected UNL students particpating in ISA programs. Note: The EAO administers this scholarship. Students are also eligible for a variety of ISA scholarships administered by ISA.

Qualifications

  1. Admission to study on an ISA program.
  2. Demonstrates academic merit and/or financial need.

Maximum Award 
Summer: $500
Semester: $1000
Academic Year: $1000

UNL API Scholarship

Overview
For each UNL student who participates on an API program, API donates to a special UNL API scholarship fund. UNL then applies the scholarship fund towards the API program fees of selected UNL students particpating in API programs. Note: The EAO administers this scholarship. Students are also eligible for a variety of API scholarships administered by API.

Qualifications

  1. Admission to study on an API program.
  2. Demonstrates academic merit and/or financial need.
  3. Earn academic credit

Maximum Award 
Summer: $500
Semester: $1000
Academic Year: $1000



MAPS Scholarship Applications will also be shared with other UNL colleges and departments for consideration for additional funding:
College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
College of Business
Department of Modern Languages & Literatures

Early Abroad Scholarship

Apply to the Early Abroad Scholarship to go abroad in your first two years at UNL. Students can apply early and defer the award, then budget for their experience abroad knowing they already have the scholarship waiting for them. Transfer students are eligible, but must have at least one semester remaining at UNL after the experience abroad. Awards range from $2,000 to $3,500 depending on program length (see funding matrix for first two years below). All recipients are required to 1) attend a pre-departure workshop and 2) share their experience in at least one way upon return. Application deadlines are January 5th and October 1st and are not term specific. A student should apply to the term in which they are submitting an application, not the term they plan to go abroad.

Edythe Wiebers Scholarship

Apply to the Edythe Wiebers International Studies Program Scholarship to study a foreign language abroad. Awards range from $1,000 to $3,000 depending on program length. All recipients are required to 1) have completed at least 42 hours of coursework by the time of departure, 2) take a language course abroad that builds on their previous language study, 3) submit a mid-term report, and 4) give a formal presentation at UNL on their experience abroad. The application deadline for academic year, semester and summer programs is January 5th.

Funding Matrix

The funding matrix is used to determine award amounts for the following scholarships: Trailblazer, STEMGen Abroad, and Career Connection. The "1st and 2nd Year" row is used to determine award amounts for the Early Abroad and LinkedLanguage scholarships.

funding matrix

Year at UNL, based on Admit Term

Less than 4 weeks

4-8 weeks

8-12 weeks

12+ weeks

1st and 2nd Year

 $2,000

 $2,500

 $3,000

 $3,500

3rd Year

 $1,500

 $2,000

 $2,500

 $3,000

4th Year

 $1,000

 $1,500

 $2,000

 $2,500