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Global Business Center Study Abroad Scholarships

Global Business Center Study Abroad Scholarships are available for undergraduate and graduate Foster School of Business students. Awards range from $500 to $5,000 with the average award around $2,000. The application cycle for summer quarter, Early Fall Start, fall quarter, winter quarter, and spring quarter programs opens in the spring (March). The application cycle for spring break programs (and spring quarter programs that opened after the March application cycle) open in the fall (October).

The next application cycle opens March 2, 2021.

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Students seeking scholarships to support winter or spring quarter 2021 virtual global learning experiences should email [email protected], even if the November 9 deadline has passed.

Criteria

You must meet all of the following criteria to be eligible for the scholarship:

  1. Participation in an exchange, internship, or study abroad program approved by the University of Washington.
  2. Program will take place between Summer 2020 – Spring 2021
  3. Michael G. Foster School of Business student status during participation in the program.
  4. Determination of financial need based on FAFSA form (for all need-based awards).
  5. In good standing with the Michael G. Foster School of Business and University of Washington.

Application

The Global Business Center’s primary Study Abroad Scholarship Application opens each winter quarter. There is a second, smaller scholarship cycle for spring break programs that opens each fall quarter.

To be considered for either cycle, complete both the general application and the Global Business Center Study Abroad scholarship application by the deadline. You will be asked for the following:

  1. Resume (uploaded as a PDF)
  2. Goals Statement: Share three goals for your study abroad experience, one for each of the following categories: academic, professional, cultural.
  3. Statement of Financial Need

 

What does it fund?

Global Business Center Study Abroad scholarships can be used for summer programs including the Foster School Rome Program, Exploration Seminars, and academic quarter or semester programs. Our scholarship funds come from very generous Foster School alums and friends that support study abroad. Some of these funds are designated for certain programs (Rome Program, WHU Exchange, Exchanges in Asia, etc.) or for students that can demonstrate financial need. We recommend that you fill out FAFSA before submitting your application.

GBC Study Abroad Scholarship Deferral Policy

If your study abroad program is canceled due to COVID-19, your Global Business Center scholarship award can be used to support a future study abroad program, through the completion of your current degree at UW, so long as these conditions are met: the program is approved by UW, you are accepted to the program, and you are a matriculated UW Foster student.

If, in the case of a program cancellation, you elect to participate in a virtual global program or other alternative to study abroad, please notify [email protected]. Although there is no guarantee that scholarship awards can be re-directed, the scholarship committee will thoughtfully review each request. The goal of the review is to ensure that the alternative program aligns with the intent of the study abroad scholarship program and the intent of the donors.

Important notes:

  • Your GBC scholarship award cannot exceed the cost of your program.
  • Your GBC scholarship award will be distributed at the start of the quarter in which you participate in a global learning experience, either abroad or virtually. Please contact [email protected] prior to the start of the quarter you study abroad so we can disburse your deferred award(s) accordingly.

If you qualify for need-based financial aid, maximum eligibility may limit the amount of aid you can receive. Contact UW’s Office of Financial Aid with questions.

Other Scholarship Opportunities

For Undergraduates

For MBA/Graduate Students

Questions

Email gbcschol[email protected]