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Scholarships and Finances

Although experiences abroad don’t come cheaply, don’t let that deter you. There are ways to offset the total costs of studying or volunteering abroad.  But you need to start thinking about your financial resources at the very beginning.  Don’t wait!
If you are thinking about either studying or volunteering abroad, you should begin saving money as soon as you can.  Even a small sum each week can add up.

Financial Aid
Students who are eligible for financial aid may be able to use some of your funds to pay for tuition for the program for which you are applying. Once you know which program you are interested in, please contact the Bursar’s Office – 718.289.5617 –  to determine how much of the tuition your financial aid will cover.

Study Travel Opportunity for CUNY Students
Study/Travel Opportunities for CUNY Students (STOCS) scholarships ranging from $500 to $1500 are offered to undergraduate CUNY students who participate in short-term (summer and winter intersession) CUNY study abroad programs. Applications are reviewed by a committee of CUNY faculty and administrators, and grants are awarded on the basis of ability to benefit and financial need (students with a family income of more than $65,000 are not eligible).

Funded by a grant from The New York Community Trust DeWitt Wallace/Youth Travel Enrichment Fund, the STOCS program aims to increase the number of CUNY students studying overseas by providing scholarships to deserving students. It has contributed toward the strengthening of existing short-term CUNY study abroad programs and the development of new ones.

More than 1,500 CUNY students have received STOCS grants since 1994.

Michael Steuerman Legacy Fund Scholarship
The Michael Steuerman Legacy Fund was established in 2007 to honor the College’s former Dean of Students whose support for BCC students was unqualified.  He felt that one of the most important things for students to develop was a commitment to community service.  This scholarship honors that vision.

Two scholarships for up to $2,500 for an international or domestic community service initiative will be offered annually for summer projects.

Students may propose working with an existing program or they may develop their own programs.  Students who are offered a scholarship must commit to meaningfully sharing their experiences with BCC students upon their return. 

Past recipients of this award have volunteered abroad in Ghana, Jamaica and Peru.

For more information, please contact Barbara Schaier-Peleg, Gould Memorial Library, Room A26, 718.289.5165, bsp@thenationalcenter.org.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship
The Gilman Scholarship Program seeks to diversify the kinds of students who study abroad and the countries and regions where they go. Specifically, the Gilman Program offers scholarships for students who have been traditionally underrepresented in education abroad. Over 1,200 scholarships of up to $5,000 will be awarded this academic year for U.S. citizen undergraduates to study abroad. Award amounts will vary depending on the length of study and student need with the average award being approximately $4,000.

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program is open to all U.S. citizen undergraduates, in good academic standing, who meet the criteria listed below:

  • The applicant must be receiving a Federal Pell Grant or provide proof that he/she will be receiving a Pell Grant at the time of application or during the term of his/her study abroad.
  • The applicant is applying to or has been accepted into a study abroad program eligible for credit by the student's accredited institution of higher education in the U.S.
  • The applicant is studying abroad for at least 28 days in one country. Programs going to more than one country are eligible if the student will be studying in one country for at least 28 consecutive days.
  • The applicant is studying abroad in any country except Cuba or a country on the State Department's current “Travel Warning” list.
  • The applicant is studying in the fall, spring, or academic year terms, including winter inter-sessions. Summer-only programs are not eligible.

If you are unsure about your eligibility status, please consult our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page for “Students” or “Advisors,” or contact gilman@iie.org.

Travelocity Grant for Volunteer Abroad

What is a Change Ambassadors Grant (CAG)?
A key component of the Change Ambassadors program is grants that will be awarded to people who have demonstrated long-term contributions through volunteering but do not have the financial means to take a volunteer vacation. The Change Ambassadors program offers grants to subsidize volunteer abroad experiences through designated volunteer travel partners. We believe that the opportunity to create change and see the world from a new perspective ought to be accessible to everyone, regardless of economic circumstance. That’s why The Sabre Holdings Foundation awards the Change Ambassadors Grant.

What qualifies as a Travel for Good-designated volunteer experience?
Any of the trips which are operated and sponsored by our volunteer travel partners can be selected. You can find out about our partners and access the full archive of trips by clicking on the individual links at www.travelocity.com/t4g.

Travel for Good aims to award two Change Ambassadors Grants of up to US$5,000 each per quarter to non Sabre Holdings employee(s) for the purposes of participating in the grant recipient’s selected trip. If the amount of the selected trip exceeds US$5,000, the recipient(s) is responsible to pay the balance. The awarded grant money will go directly to the volunteer travel partner to pay for the volunteer trip, and toward airfare and other necessary travel-related expenses. Grant recipients can choose to book their transportation and necessary accommodation to-and-from the volunteer site through any airline and/or hotel company directly or through Travelocity to be eligible for reimbursement. Any additional expenses incurred are the responsibility of the recipient(s). No other cash will be paid to the recipient(s).

Who can apply?
Anyone can apply for the Change Ambassadors Grant – either as an individual or as part of a team. General age restrictions are the following, unless otherwise approved in writing by both us and our volunteer travel partner: Individual and team leader applicants must be 18. Team members, unless accompanied by parent or legal guardian, must also be 18 years of age. The age restrictions for children on family teams depend on the chosen trip and terms & conditions set by our volunteer travel partners and should be approved by us in writing. A parent or guardian of a minor will be required to sign on behalf of the minor.

Unfortunately, we are only able to offer grants to legal residents of the United States of America. We reserve the right to reject any applicant who does not meet our eligibility criteria, or for any other reason.

What are the requirements for a CAG?
Recipients must adhere to the Terms and Conditions of the Change Ambassadors Grant and Agreement, which are available for download from the Travel for Good Website: www.travelocity.com/travelforgood/. Trips must be taken within six months of the notification of approval. All travel arrangements must be made as soon as possible after notification of selection and no less than 45 days before departure.

John T. Petters Service Scholarship for Students (For the Global Volunteers Program)
This scholarship was established to meet the financial challenges facing many college student volunteers --especially in these difficult economic times. The John T. Petters Foundation specifically responds to this difficulty, and offers a limited number of partial scholarships to undergraduate students for Global Volunteers' service programs in early 2010. The scholarship covers half of the recipient's Global Volunteers service program fee. The recipient is responsible for the remaining balance as well as securing and paying for their own airfare to and from the host country. Global Volunteers provides tips and tools that can assist in fundraising.

To be eligible for this scholarship, you must be enrolled at a college or university as an undergraduate student, be a US citizen, have proof of financial need, and be willing to volunteer internationally for a minimum of three weeks.

The completed application along with all documentation specified in the application and an official university/college transcript must be received by Global Volunteers, Attn: Karisa Grosser, 375 E. Little Canada Road, Saint Paul, MN 55117. Please contact Ms. Grosser for further information. Incomplete applications will not be considered: http://www.globalvolunteers.org/organization/PettersScholarship.pdf.

Please contact the John T. Petters Service Scholarship for Students for information on service program work projects and other funding options:


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