eligibilityFGS awards scholarships to US citizens studying abroad, three times annually. Scholarships are valued at $2000. All decisions regarding scholarship awards are those of FGS and are final.

If awarded a scholarship, you will have one year from the date of the email notification to provide confirmation of participation and other requested information in order to collect your FGS scholarship check. After one year, the scholarship is forfeited.

FGS keeps in touch with our award recipients both while abroad and following the completion of the study abroad program. Our scholars should and do expect to hear from us!

General Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must meet all of the following criteria:

  • You are a US citizen.

  • You are enrolled in a US college or university where transfer credit from an academic program abroad will be applied to your US degree being earned.

  • You are enrolled in a US undergraduate, graduate, or professional degree program.

  • You have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5/4.0.

  • You have a full, up-to-date transcript that can be provided as a PDF file and explicitly lists the following:

1) the name of the college or university

2) your full name (first and last)

3) your cumulative GPA

4) your declared major (applicable for major-specific scholarships)

  • You are studying abroad for a minimum of 4 weeks/28 days.

FGS Scholarships

FGS offers 7 different scholarships.  Applicants may select one.

General Scholarship

There are no additional eligibility requirements beyond those listed in the above section.

STA Travel Scholarship

STA Travel, Inc. is a global travel specialist with 30 years experience helping students, teachers and young professionals travel the world. STA Travel offers a unique range of products with exclusive discounts on airfare, accommodations, tours, rail passes and more.

In addition to the general eligibility requirements, you must also meet the following criteria and provide the listed requirements:

    • You are majoring in one of the following: Art, Film, Foreign Language, Photography, and Tourism & Travel
    • Your major must be listed on your transcript
    • You must provide the contact details of an academic reference, a professor. Include all of the following: 1) the name of the professor, 2) title and department, 3) direct phone number, and 4) email address at the close of your scholarship essay.

You should receive the permission of your professor before listing him or her.

STA Travel Award recipients will receive 80% of their scholarship upon confirmation of participation in their program abroad. The remaining 20% will be sent upon fulfilling additional requirements that will be outlined upon notification of the award.

Financial Need Scholarship (for PELL Grant recipients only)

In addition to meeting the general eligibility requirements, you must demonstrate financial need through receipt of the PELL grant.  A financial aid award letter from your home university is the ideal documentation for providing this proof.  You may also provide a tuition receipt which notes the credit of the grant toward your student account.

The document should be a PDF file and list:

1) the name of the institution,

2) your full name (first and last),

3) acknowledgment that you have been awarded the PELL grant, and

4) acknowledgement that you have ‘accepted’ the PELL grant

If your financial aid award letter (or tuition receipt) does not explicitly list these 4 details, you should request a custom-drafted letter from your financial aid office.

STEM Scholarship

In addition to meeting the general eligibility requirements, you must be majoring in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics discipline. Your major must be listed on your transcript.

The below is a comprehensive list of eligible majors but is not entirely exhaustive:

Actuarial Science, Acoustical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Applied Mathematics, Astrophysics, Astronomy, Atmospheric Sciences, Biochemistry, Biology, Biological Sciences, Biomechanics, Bioinformatics, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Computational Science, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Electronics, Geographic Information Systems, Industrial Engineering, Information Science, Instructional Technology, Mathematical Biology, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Nanotechnology, Neurobiology, Nuclear Physics, Optics, Physics, Robotics, Software Engineering, and Statistics.

Colorado Universities Scholarship

In addition to meeting the general eligibility requirements, you must be enrolled in a Colorado college or university (2-year or 4-year institution). Residents of Colorado who are attending college out of state are not eligible for this award.

Ethnically Diverse Student Scholarship

In addition to meeting the general eligibility requirements, you must self-identify as an ethnic minority, not ‘White, not of Hispanic Origin.’

Veterans Scholarship

In addition to meeting the general eligibility requirements, you must be a US military veteran who has honorably served in one of the five military branches. FGS reserves the right to request documentation of military service.

Good Advice

  • Watch all deadlines and apply early.

  • Check your application for errors and proofread your essay once completed and prior to submitting.

  • The essay portion of the application is the most scrutinized piece of the application. Please do not take it lightly. You should take time to develop a draft and have others review it for you.

  • Scholarship applications which are received late, do not comply with the instructions, or are incomplete will be deemed ineligible for an FGS scholarship.

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