Foundation for Global Scholars

We INSPIRE and EQUIP young adults to tackle GLOBAL CHALLENGES with INTERNATIONAL experience, LEADERSHIP skills and CULTURAL competence.

NOTICE: In effort to better serve more students with funding opportunities, The Foundation for Global Scholars will be restructuring its scholarship initiatives, including the proposed GRIT program, and all scholarships are on hold until further notice. Unfortunately this means applications will not be accepted for 2016; however, we look forward to offering new and exciting opportunities in the future. Please visit our website to receive further updates.

Meet the team

Maddie – Conscious Dog

Maddie Grenney is the FGS conscious dog. Previously a stay at home dog, she was called in to work as the permanent office dog in February of 2015. Her job description includes sleeping, encouraging her co-workers to get away from their desks and take a walk, and being cute for all to admire.

Maddie’s unmatched dedication to her job description has secured her tenure as the FGS office dog. Although she has never been abroad, she has participated extensively in domestic travel, and is an advocate for stepping outside of your comfort zone on a quest for personal discovery.

Maddie does not have a direct line or email address, but she can be reached at the Posner Center as long as you bring her an offering of carbs


Pamela DeBellis is a global business strategist who solves complex problems to improve the human condition with health care products and services. Her consulting company is focused on bringing together senior- and executive-level leaders from a variety of business, clinical and technical disciplines to launch products globally for startups to Fortune 250 companies.

She holds a B.S. Ceramic Science and Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University and a M.Eng. Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She holds two patents for medical devices and has been quoted several times by the Boulder County Business Report on medical devices and by Colorado Biz magazine on diversity and innovation. She was a member of the Leadership Boulder County 2010 class, President of the Boulder chapter of Business and Professional Women, and a trustee for the Colorado Business and Professional Women’s Foundation, Inc. She was also a Pennsylvania State University Lion Ambassador and a Commended Student for the National Merit Scholarship.

As an internationalist, she is passionate about empowering young leaders to become global changemakers because “we need good people to solve big problems.” As part of the Foundation for Global Scholars team, she would also like to help make someone else’s dream come true!


Michanda Lindsey is a transformational coach dedicated to helping people discover that their true answers are found beneath the surface.

As an Executive Partner of Blueprint Transformations, Michanda supports both individuals and organizations through executive coaching, leadership development and elevating the culture. She focuses on providing people with tools for growth from the inside out.Through her subsidiary, Fill Your Cup, Michanda also provides deeper personal development for those looking to cultivate a more intentional and authentic relationship with self and others.

In addition to her work as a coach and consultant, Michanda volunteers her time in community organizations, particularly in the areas of education and equity.

She serves on the Board of Trustees for Kent Denver School and is the co-chair of the Advisory Board for Breakthrough at Kent Denver. Michanda also volunteers for City Year Denver, The Circle Conference, and is an avid supporter of community theatre. Most of all, Michanda is committed to helping people expand beyond limiting thought and belief patterns in order to fulfill their highest potential and purpose and to live their most magnificent life.

Helen Macias – Accountant

Helen joined FGS as the accountant in October 2014.

She began her career with Arthur Andersen, has worked as an Internal Auditor for Public Service and found her niche in the financial service, serving as a CEO for two credit unions before she made the switch to the non-profit world.

Helen has a BS in Accounting from Metropolitan State College, and is a lifelong learner, with an unending interest in learning about people and places in the world. She loves working for FGS and is inspired by world cultures.

Helen is a native of Denver, is married with two adult children and has three grandchildren.

Phone: 303.502.2756


Mary Cook – Secretary

Mary Cook is a passionate international educator and experienced professional in higher education. For the past 18 years, Mary worked at Regis University. Over the last 12 years, Mary developed, administered, and managed the study abroad program. Under her direction, the number of students studying abroad grew exponentially and a culture of study abroad formed on the campus. Special attention was devoted to encourage and assist first-generation and underrepresented students to go abroad. As a one-person office, Mary handled a broad scope of responsibility including advising, marketing, training, budgeting, and administration. She facilitated program expansion and developed numerous new partnerships with institutions and organizations around the world. Mary also acted as the international student advisor for incoming exchange students.

Mary’s interest in international education developed when her daughter studied abroad as a Rotary Ambassador student. Her daughter departed for a year-long exchange in Caracas, Venezuela, as a naïve high school student and returned a mature, globally aware, confident, independent, young woman who spoke fluent Spanish. This experience convinced Mary of the powerful transformative effect of international education and exchange, and inspired her to enter into the field of international education in an effort to assist others to achieve their dream of studying abroad.

Mary earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Masters in Art in Intercultural Communication from Regis University and was inducted as a member of Alpha Sigma Nu, the Jesuit Honor Society. She completed a Certificate in International Education through the NAFSA Academy. Mary is an active member of NAFSA: Association of International Education and the Forum on Education Abroad. Mary has facilitated workshops and training sessions on a variety of topics regarding international education and intercultural communication. While she never had the opportunity to study abroad herself, Mary has had the opportunity to travel to more than 30 countries.

A Colorado native, Mary, and her husband Paul, reside in Broomfield. She enjoys travel, spending time outdoors, attending concerts and the theater, and spending time with family and friends. Her blended family includes four children and five grandchildren.

Meg VanderLaan – Director

Meg VanderLaan is Chief Communications Officer of MWH Global, headquartered in Broomfield, Colorado. She is charged with strengthening the MWH brand by increasing the awareness of the MWH organization globally, while improving employee and customer loyalty. Meg has a passion for taking the complex subjects that often accompany MWH projects and effectively communicating those topics in a way that is relatable, accessible and easily understood for people in communities around the world.

Prior to joining MWH in 2009, Meg spent 13 years with Gates Corporation, a world leader in industrial and automotive solutions, ultimately serving as the Vice President of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs. In 2006 she became a member of the Board of Directors for Gates Winhere, a joint venture based in Yantai, China. She also worked in marketing for a dot-com start-up and managed marketing programs in the health insurance industry.

Outside of the office, Meg is active in several organizations, including serving on the Management Group of the Downtown Denver Partnership, Denver Civic Ventures Board of Directors for the Downtown Denver Partnership and the Downtown Denver Events Board of Directors. Since 2012, she has served on the Board of Trustees for Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania. In her spare time, Ms. VanderLaan enjoys skiing, mountain biking and travelling.

Meg has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts with a proficiency certificate in German from Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania. She currently lives in Highlands Ranch, Colorado with her husband John.

Ian Kynor – Director

Ian Kynor is the Director of B-to-B Sales and Support for STA Travel, the world’s largest student travel provider. In this role, Ian oversees the account management, logistics, sales, and support for all of STA Travel’s U.S. academic and study abroad accounts: including custom groups, faculty-led programs, individual study abroad programs, and corporate travel. During the past 12 years of working in student and youth travel, Ian has trained travel experts, managed STA Travel’s surface and land product portfolio, implemented significant enhancements to ISIC, the International Student Identity Card, and developed strategic initiatives and partnerships focused on the expansion of international travel for students and young people.

Born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Ian’s life changed when he participated in a BUNAC student work exchange program while studying Business in college. Through this program, he found himself in London, working for the first time in the student travel industry. Experiencing the transformative effects of travel first-hand ignited a passion in Ian that would become his current drive to provide the life-changing opportunity of travel to young people.

Ian has traveled throughout the world and is proud to take his wife and two young boys on international trips, knowing that by doing so he is helping his sons become better global citizens. As an Eagle Scout, Ian volunteers his time with the Boy Scouts of America and other youth organizations, further helping shape the next generation and tomorrow’s leaders. Ian and his family have lived in many places in the U.S.; they now call Phoenix, Arizona home.

Steve Markey – Director

Steve Markey is Vice President of Sales at Green Toys, one of the world’s leading manufacturers and distributors of eco-friendly toys, all of which are manufactured in the USA.

Born in Manchester, England, Steve graduated from Leeds University with a degree in French and Spanish, a course which included two study abroad spells in France and Spain.

After two years teaching English in Madrid, Spain, and Castres in southwestern France, Steve entered the toy industry, eventually running the Europe, Middle East and Africa division of Ertl, a leading US toy manufacturer.

Since then, Steve has held a number of senior sales roles within various toy companies including OddzOn, Hasbro, Wham-O, Prime Time, Sprig and Green Toys.

In his current role at Green Toys, where he took on the position of VP of Sales when the company was still in its infancy, Steve has helped the company expand distribution into over 5,000 US retail outlets, and, his biggest source of pride, the company’s US manufactured toys are now sold in over 85 international markets.

Cindy Humphrey – Director

Cindy Humphrey, a seasoned executive leader with experience in marketing, sales, engineering and operations has held vice president positions with Cochlear Americas and CenturyLink/Qwest. Her latest position was vice president of Marketing at Cochlear, responsible for all marketing and product capabilities. During her tenure there, Cochlear introduced several new products and tripled leads through the direct to consumer division. In her previous position at CenturyLink, she handled a broad scope of responsibility in reaching all segments of the business market, including medium to large size businesses, government and education accounts. She managed a team of marketing and product professionals working to equip the company with the types of tools that drove growth in the business market.

Before these two roles in strategic marketing, Cindy was a regional vice president for Qwest, responsible for sales to wireless carriers. Her group, serving accounts from the smallest wireless customers to the very largest, achieved increased sales levels in a declining marketing over multiple years.

Cindy began her career as a network manager and over time, became an expert in product management with roles in a variety of product areas from mature products to product development. Additionally, she holds a patent for work completed in a product development position.

Cindy is a graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering and holds an MBA with an emphasis in marketing from the University of Denver. She was awarded the B-to-B Marketer of the Year award from the Direct Marketing Association in 2011 and many of the campaigns and projects her team worked on have received accolades.

She and her husband Craig reside in Arvada and are the parents of two children.

Shelia Houston – Director

Shelia Houston has actively been involved in the field of International Education for over twenty years. Passionate about travel as an important part of an individual’s learning journey, Shelia was a business partner, in a study abroad company AustraLearn, later to become GlobaLinks Learning Abroad as its global reach expanded from North America and the Pacific countries into Asia and Europe. Shelia was the Director of GlobaLinks Learning Abroad’s operations in Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific. She worked for GlobaLinks for more than 18 years and had served as the Acting Executive Director in the US office. Shelia was a founding member of the Foundation for Global Scholars.

Prior to her involvement with AustraLearn, Shelia was on the management team of a Fortune 500 company in the US and later was founder and CEO of the CQUniversity Travel Centre in Australia. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Shelia was born in the US and following her university study she travelled the world extensively and immigrated to Australia where she resides with her husband. She has a broad background in international business in both public and private sectors. She was a founding member of the Australian Internship Industry Association (AIIA). As President of AIIA, Shelia liaised with Government Ministers and Departments on issues related to process standards for visas and fair workplace expectations for interns. In 2012, Shelia was a finalist in the Management Excellence Award, Professional Manager of the Year category of AIM (Australian Institute of Managers). She now acts in the role of Award judge for AIM.

In 2014, after facilitating a merger between GlobaLinks and ISA, Shelia stepped down from her position with the company to allow more time for travelling, at the same time balancing this with her commitment on the Board of three Australian companies.

Keith Smith – Treasurer

Keith has served as a commercial banker for Colorado Business Bank since 2008. From 2001 to 2008, Mr. Smith worked in both retail and commercial banking roles at First National Bank of Omaha (Denver office). Prior to banking, Keith served in the United States Air Force as an intelligence analyst. He holds a B.A. degree in Finance and an M.B.A. from the University of Colorado.

Lawrence Bell – Director

For the past 18 years, Larry has been the chief international officer on the campus where he has worked. Each of the three campuses where he has served in this capacity has been somewhat differently organized but all three offices have been responsible for both the inbound and outbound students and faculty.

Originally trained as an ESL teacher, Larry is a graduate of Southern Illinois University (SIU) where he taught for two years. He also taught in and directed the intensive English program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for 12 years before moving into international education administration on that campus. All told, the higher education international experience combines for a total of 32 years.

Larry has served NAFSA: Association of International Education in a number of positions including regional chair, national office, conference organizational positions. Larry was Chair of Region V in 1993-4. Prior to that he held a variety of state and regional positions on the Region V NAFSA teams. He recently served as NAFSA’s Vice President for Policy and Practice (2005 – 07). He served as Chair of the Consular Affairs Working Group from 2001 to 2004. He has been conference and local arrangements chair for TESOL Regional and NAFSA Regional conferences and was Local Arrangements Co-Chair for NAFSA ’99 the annual conference of 6,000 plus held in Denver.

Larry developed his interest in international activities while serving as a draftee in the military in Viet Nam. After leaving the army, he studied Vietnamese language and linguistics (his BA is in Vietnamese language from SIU, MA in linguistics) and that started him on his international journey.

Cynthia Banks – President

Cynthia Banks is President of the Foundation for Global Scholars a non-profit organization supporting study abroad scholarships and recently helped launch a new educational mobile company called Unleesh. Her consulting practice, New World Vistas, designs business and leadership strategies. From 1990-2014, Banks was the founder and CEO of GlobaLinks Learning Abroad an education abroad organization which helped more than 30,000 students study or intern abroad. She earned an M.S. in organizational development from the University of Colorado. Banks is a member of NAFSA’s Board of Directors, a member of the International Women’s Forum, a board member for the Colorado State University Institute of Entrepreneurship and was honored in 2013 as a top three Minority/Women Owned Businesses by the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce.

Darren Royal – Vice Chair

Darren W. Royal, President and owner of Royal Wealth Management, has been helping clients pursue their financial goals for over 18 years. He began his career in financial services as an investment banker and has held financial advisor positions with major broker/dealers. In order to better serve his clients, Darren founded his independent firm, Royal Wealth Management in 2002.

Darren earned 3 degrees from Indiana University in management, international business and marketing. He also studied international finance at the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands. He currently holds FINRA Series 7, 24, 31, 63 and 65 registrations through LPL Financial as well as life, accident & health, and variable contract insurance licenses.

Darren served on the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors for 6 years. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Women’s Leadership Foundation and FGS. Darren is also a volunteer for Junior Achievement. He and his wife Jennifer have lived in Castle Pines for over 10 years. They have two children, Alexandra and Ava. In addition to Darren’s philanthropic endeavors, Darren enjoys the outdoors with his family and is an avid fly fisherman.

Christie Doherty – Chair

Christie Doherty is the President of Trinity Partners, LLC a business performance consulting firm that specializes in leadership and organizational development, business process and workforce transformation. Trinity Partners has a unique niche in the area of corporate culture and inclusion strategies for progressive organizations focused on state of the art talent management. As a former telecom and cable executive, she has extensive experience successfully leading large, complex, diverse organizations through organizational change and transformation.

She is past President of the Women’sVision Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on the development and advancement of corporate women. During her leadership tenure, The Women’sVision Foundation grew to more than 62 corporate members and 3,600 individual members. Women’s Vision provides a wide array of leadership and professional development programs, events and networking resources to its members.

Former Vice President, Wholesale Service Delivery at Qwest, Christie had responsibility for Customer Service Operations for Wholesale customers, managing over 1,700 employees with revenue responsibility for $3.2 billion. She held a number of positions in the telecom and cable industries, including assignments in Strategic Planning, Customer Operations, Marketing, Sales, and Organization Effectiveness. For three years she was Vice-President, Marketing and Sales for Time Warner Cable, with responsibility for the development of the company’s integrated cable/telecom business.

Christie is a member of the International Women’s Forum and the WiseWomen Council. Extremely active and committed to giving back to her community, she is Board Chair for INROADS—Rocky Mountain Region and is a National INROADS Board Director; Board Chair for the FGS; Board Chair for DenUM, a Denver human services outreach non-profit, and Chair of the Women’s Collaborative for Colorado. Christie is an active mentor and informal coach to women across the spectrum of corporate, small business and non-profits sectors.

A graduate of Regis University with a degree in business, Christie also is a past member of the Regis University Executive Advisory Council and is an advisor for Women in the Boardroom. She is the recipient of the US West Chairman’s Award for Leadership, the Women’s Leader of Excellence Award, and the Woman of Vision Award.

Molly Dupuis – Marketing Manager

Molly Dupuis is the Marketing Manager at FGS. She began her international endeavors in 2011 at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia, and has had an insatiable desire for expanding global horizons ever since.

Previously an International Program Specialist at GlobaLinks Learning Abroad, Molly believes strongly in an international experience’s power to catalyze global changemaking in young adults.

Molly is a Midwesterner to the core, but is constantly seeking opportunities to see the world, recently crossing off her fifth continent from her traveling bucket list. With degrees in Public Relations and Graphic Design, she is excited to work with FGS to transform young adults into global changemakers.

Direct Phone: 651.341.0212

Allison Grenney – Product Innovation Director

Allison Grenney is the Product Innovation Director for FGS. Previously Allison founded a socially conscious business, EduKate, and consulted with several start-up businesses on strategic development. At the University of Denver she earned a degree in Environmental Science with minors in International Studies and Geography. Her hunger for knowledge and desire to grow pushes Allison to take every opportunity to travel and see the world. Her love for the outdoors and living in an active culture always brings her back to her home state of Colorado.

Direct Line: 303.601.5314

Jodi Reesman – Scholarship Director

Jodi Reesman joined FGS after nearly eight years with the GlobaLinks Learning Abroad admissions team, as a study abroad coordinator followed by manager of degree programs.

Jodi first traveled overseas as an exchange student to Germany while still in high school. Although a relatively short experience, it changed the path of her future. While earning her bachelor degree at the University of Evansville, she studied abroad at the University of South Australia.

Later Jodi returned to Australia to backpack the continent and volunteered in Guatemala. Her personal travels have also taken her to New Zealand, Costa Rica, the Caribbean, and throughout Western Europe, including Iceland.

Many years ago Jodi aspired to be a travel writer. Now she simply journals her travel experiences and enjoys the art of armchair travel. Apart from reading travel books, Jodi enjoys afternoon runs, baseball at Coors Field, summer concerts at Red Rocks, and hiking and snowshoeing Colorado’s mountains.

Jodi is enrolled in a Master of Corporate and Organizational Communication at Northeastern University.

Direct Phone: 303.502.7256

Nancy Kepner – Executive Director

Nancy Kepner is the Executive Director of FGS. Prior to joining FGS, she was a director at Firefly Autism in Denver, overseeing operations of what has become the largest learning center for children with autism in the Rocky Mountain region. Her experience living and working in Japan and Russia for several years and study at the University of Guanajuato in Mexico sparked a wholehearted appreciation for the transformative power of international experiences. A Texas native, Nancy earned a BA from Baylor University, an MA from the University of Texas, and an MEd from Western Washington University.

Direct Phone: 303.719.3145

I’ve applied – what’s next?

You will receive a confirmation email once your complete application has successfully been submitted. Add to your address book to ensure you receive this message and the outcome notification message too.

Scholarship Details and FAQ

FGS awards scholarships to U.S. citizens studying abroad. 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. After one year, the scholarship is forfeited if unclaimed.

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! Scholarship recipients will be profiled on the FGS website.


What are the values of the scholarships?

FGS scholarships are valued at $2000 each. Scholarship values are reviewed and approved by the FGS board of directors on an annual basis.

Are all applicants awarded a scholarship?

No. FGS scholarships are highly competitive. Applicants should take time and give care and attention when preparing their application.

If I am not awarded a scholarship, can I find out why?

Unfortunately, no. The review of applications by the scoring committee is completely anonymous. This ensures a fair and unbiased outcome, but also means feedback cannot be provided.

How will I know if I have been awarded a scholarship?

All applicants – recipients and non-recipients alike – will be notified by email. Email messages will be sent to the primary email address listed in your application. Firewalls and heightened security, particularly for university email addresses, have proven to prevent students from receiving these messages. Please check your spam folder or junk mail should you not find a message in your inbox. FGS will also post scholarship recipients on our Facebook page and on the website. Please check these resources should you find that your email provider has prevented the delivery of the email message.

When will I receive my scholarship?

All FGS scholarship disbursements are made after the award acceptance requirements have been fulfilled by the scholar. Scholars have one year from the date of notification to claim the awarded scholarship. Award disbursement dates are not fixed and will occur after an overseas program begins.

How will I receive my scholarship?

Scholarships award within or before Spring-Summer 2015 will be distributed in the form of a check, directly to the scholar. Scholarship checks are mailed to the permanent address listed in the application. If this permanent mailing address changes from time of application to point of mailing, it is the scholar’s responsibility to notify the FGS Scholarship Director of the change. A $40 stop payment fee will be assessed for all lost checks.

Beginning in the Fall 2015 Award Period, FGS will award scholarships electronically. Recipients will be required to provide banking information for an electronic transfer.


I will be enrolling in a degree program overseas. Am I eligible to apply for an FGS scholarship?

No. To be eligible for a scholarship you must be enrolled in a U.S. institution stateside, in a degree-granting program. FGS does not offer scholarships for students undertaking a degree program outside of the U.S.

Does FGS offer scholarships for high school students?

No. FGS offers scholarships to students enrolled in U.S. higher education institutions, in degree-granting programs only.

How is first generation college student defined?

A first generation college student is a student with neither parent having any education beyond high school.

I am participating in a ‘Study Away’ program, at another institution within the U.S. Am I eligible for an FGS scholarship?

No. FGS scholarships are exclusively for students studying abroad, participating in programs outside of the 50 U.S. states and Its territories.

My study abroad program will not yield academic credit. I will not receive credit towards my U.S. degree program. Does FGS offer scholarships for me?

No. To be eligible for a scholarship you must be enrolled in a U.S. institution stateside, in a degree-granting program, and receive credit for the program. The overseas credits must be applied to your degree program, credited towards your major studies or general education requirements.

I have already studied abroad. May I still apply for a scholarship?

No. Scholarships awarded and distributed by FGS are not retroactive. Applicants may apply only within the award period in which they will begin their overseas studies.

I am a permanent resident of the U.S. Am I eligible to apply for an FGS scholarship?

No. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

May I apply for a FGS scholarship more than once?

Yes, but under the follow circumstances only: You may lodge one application per unique study abroad program, given the programs’ start dates fall into two different award periods. In other words, if you will be enrolling in more than one study abroad program, both of which begin in different award periods, you may apply more than once.

My study abroad program is more than 4 weeks but the in country portion is less than 4 weeks. May I still apply?

No. To be eligible for a FGS scholarship, applicants must be in the host country, studying for no less than 28 days/4 weeks.

Timelines & deadlines

For which award period should I apply?

The award periods reflect the range of dates on which students begin their overseas programs. You should consider your start date when selecting the appropriate award period. Your start date is the day any official program activity begins in your host country, such as orientation or registration.

When will I be notified if I have been awarded a scholarship?

Scholarships are typically awarded 5 weeks after applications have formally closed. This may vary depending on the volume of applications received. Award timelines can be accessed from the application page, under Step 2, via the ‘application cycles’ link. All applicants will be notified of the outcome.

The application

I cannot access the application. Why is this?

The FGS scholarship application is not open year round. Applications are available according to the application cycles listed with the application page, under Step 2, via the ‘application cycles’ link.

Where can the scholarship essay question be found?

The essay question is only located within the online application and only available when the application is open. Note, the essay question may change from one award period to the next.

May I complete a paper application?

No. FGS does not offer a paper application. You must complete the application online via the FGS website.

What is considered my start date?

The start date is the day any official program activity begins in your host country, such as orientation, registration, classes, etc. Travel dates are not considered start dates.

The essay instructions indicate a 500 word limit. Will I be penalized for a few more words?

No, but FGS does ask that you keep your essay within a reasonable range of this limit. Prepare your essay in a Word document so you can be clear of your word count. Do not format your essay in Word, as the formatting will not transfer into the online application. Rather, after pasted, format the essay within the application.


May I include a reference with my scholarship application?

No. FGS does not require references, nor will we accept them.

Where do I send my documents?

All documents must be uploaded directly to your online application in PDF file formats. Physical copies of any documents mailed to our office will not be accepted, unless otherwise specifically requested by FGS.

What types of transcripts are acceptable?

Acceptable documents include unofficial transcripts, official transcripts, student copies of an official transcript, photocopies of official transcripts, and web transcripts. Do not upload a password protected/secured transcript. Your transcript must be a PDF file. Should you not receive an electronic transcript as a PDF, you will be required to convert the file to PDF, or if you receive a hard copy, save it as a PDF after scanning. The transcript should be your most complete, up-to-date transcript. It must include the most recently completed term prior to lodging your application. If you are currently enrolled in your first academic term at a U.S. institution (i.e. you are a first semester freshman), upload your complete high school transcript. Or, if you have transferred institutions, please upload all higher education transcripts, merging them into a single PDF file. Regardless of the type of transcript you upload, all required information must appear on the document. Should any requirements be missing from your transcript, your application will be deemed ineligible.

What details should be listed on my transcript?

Along with the standard listing of all classes and grades, transcripts should clearly list the following: 1) the name of the college or university; 2) your full name (first and last); 3) your cumulative GPA. Transcripts which fail to list these 3 details will deem your application ineligible.

My institution does not calculate GPAs. May I still apply for a scholarship?

Yes, but you must include this official university policy with your transcript, uploaded as a single PDF file. Transcripts which do not include the policy will be deemed incomplete and your application ineligible. FGS may contact you to request additional information about your academic performance.

Helpful Tips & Hints

  • The application deadlines are subject to change. Please check back often to confirm dates.
  • Be certain you are applying in the correct award period. Your application will not be considered if you apply in the wrong award period.
  • Plan to submit your application early. Don’t miss the deadline because of technical difficulties with your equipment/network or because of heavy traffic on the FGS site.

Part II PDF Upload Requirements

Upload PDF files and provide weblinks. Required PDF files:

1. Your transcript

  • An official, unofficial, student copy, photocopy of an official copy, or web transcript are acceptable. Degree audits and copied & pasted documents will not be accepted. Do not upload a locked or secured transcript.
  • Your uploaded transcript must include the term completed prior to submission of your application, as well as, the current term listed as ‘in progress.’
  • The following must be clearly listed: 1)the name of the college or university, 2) your full name (first and last), and 3) your cumulative GPA. (If your university does not calculate GPAs, this policy must be included in the document upload.
  • Transcripts that do not comply with the above and/or transcripts which are illegible will deem applications ineligible.

2. Proof of US citizenship

Acceptable documents include: the photograph page of your valid U.S. passport, your U.S. birth certificate, your U.S. passport card, your birth abroad certificate as a U.S. citizen, or your U.S. naturalization certificate.

3. Your resume

Only PDF files will be accepted. Regardless of how you receive a document (hard copy or electronic), it can be converted and saved as a PDF file.

4. Required weblinks

  • Public link to your LinkedIn profile
  • Link to your confirmed or proposed study abroad program profile web page

Part I Requirements

Part I requires the following:

  • Personal & Contact information
  • University & Academic information
  • Study Abroad Program Information
  • Required Essay of 500 words or less, based on the prompt. Prepare your essay in advance in a Word document; review & edit it.

When should I apply for a scholarship?

FGS is reducing the number of application cycles in a given year, and consequently, expanding the duration of start dates per award period. This change will be effective in the application cycle that opens in October 2015. Please take specific note below. Applicants must apply in the application cycle/award period according to the start dates of their study abroad programs. The start date is the day any official program activity begins in your host country, such as orientation, registration, first day of class, etc. Travel dates and/or voluntary early arrival are not considered start dates.

Award Period reflects the program start date (not your dates of travel).

Spring/Summer 2015 – Programs that begin April 1, 2015 through August 15, 2015

Dates to Apply: 2/23/15 – 4/3/15

Standard Application Deadline: 4/3/15 at 5:00 PM Mountain

Announcement Date: 5/8/15 (subject to change)

Fall 2015 – Programs that begin August 16, 2015 through December 31, 2015

Dates to Apply: 6/4/15 – 7/13/15

STA Scholarship Application Deadline: 6/29/15 at 5:00pm Mountain

Standard Application Deadline: 7/13/15 at 5:00 PM Mountain

Announcement Date: 8/21/15 (subject to change)

First half of 2016 – Programs that begin January 1, 2016 through June 30, 2016

Dates to Apply: 10/12/15 – 11/20/15

STA Scholarship Application Deadline: 11/06/15 at 5:00 PM Mountain

Standard Application Deadline: 11/20/15 at 5:00 PM Mountain

Announcement Date: 12/30/15 (subject to change)

Overview & Eligibility

Applicants must meet all of the following criteria:

  • You are a U.S. citizen.
  • You are enrolled in a U.S. college or university where transfer credit from an academic program abroad will be applied to your U.S. degree being earned.
  • You are enrolled in a U.S. 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
  • You are studying abroad in the host country for a minimum of 4 weeks/28 days.

Foundation for Global Scholars designates 60% of its scholarship funding to students deemed underrepresented in study abroad, specifically the following:

  • Students with financial need (PELL grant recipients)
  • Students studying at Colorado institutions
  • Ethnically diverse students
  • U.S. military veterans
  • First generation college students

Accepting Your Scholarship

All applicants will be advised of outcomes by email. Awarded Scholars will also be posted on the FGS website.

If you are awarded a scholarship, you will have one year from the date of notification to claim the scholarships. Award disbursement dates are not fixed and will occur after an overseas program begins.

To claim an awarded scholarship, scholar recipients must submit the Confirmation of Participation form (provided in the email notification). This includes:

  • Confirmation details of program participation
  • Brief responses to 4 biographical questions
  • A photo of the scholar in their country of study
  • Only completed Confirmation of Participation forms will be accepted.

Beginning in the Fall 2015 Award Period, FGS will award scholarships electronically. Recipients will be required to provide banking information for an electronic transfer.

Additionally, scholar recipients who receive the PELL grant, are U.S. military veterans, and/or are first generation college students will be required to provide evidence of these statuses upon selection. FGS also reserves the right to request official transcripts of any of our scholar recipients.

FGS keeps in touch with its award recipients both while abroad and following the completion of the study abroad program. Our scholars should and do expect to hear from us! All scholar recipients will be profiled on the FGS website.

Scholarship checks will be mailed to scholars’ permanent addresses, as listed in the application. Should an address change from point of application to mailing, it is the responsibility of the scholar to inform the FGS Scholarship Director.