Scholarships for Study Abroad

Financial Aid for study abroad during the academic year transfers 100% for students participating on study abroad through Pomona College. In addition, a number of national and program-specific scholarships are available for fall, spring, academic year, and summer study abroad. These awards typically reduce the family contribution to Pomona’s tuition and can provide funding in place of work study during the semester or year abroad.

For more information on your financial aid package and how outside scholarships may be applied, please visit the Office of Financial Aid.

What follows is a list of national and program-specific scholarships. For more resources, please visit the Institute of International Education Programs webpage or search Scholarships on Diversity Abroad.

National Scholarships

AATJ-Bridging Scholarship
Funding: $2,500/semester; $4,000/year
Eligibility: U.S. citizens; study in Japan for credit that will transfer to Pomona; Japanese language study is not a prerequisite
Deadline: May 1, 2022

beGirl World Scholarship
Funding: $2,000
Eligibility: Black female identifying; U.S. Citizen; proof of acceptance in study abroad program
Deadline: July 29, 2022 (for fall 2022 study abroad)

Boren Scholarship
Funding: Up to $25,000/year or $12,500/semester
Eligibility: U.S. citizen; undergraduate not graduating until after Boren funding period; plan to study in an eligible world region (Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, Middle East); plan to study a foreign language
Service requirement: One year of work for the federal government after graduation, department related to national security
Deadline: February 1, 2023 (for programs starting between June 4, 2023 and March 1, 2024)

BUTEX Scholarship
Funding: £500
Eligibility: Undergraduate study in the UK for at least one semester at a BUTEX-affiliated university
Deadline: July 31, 2022 (for study during the next academic year)

Diversity Abroad Inclusive Ireland Scholarship
Funding: €3,000
Eligibility: GPA 3.0; undergraduate at a college or university in the US; participate in study abroad in Ireland; see also required diversity criteria in scholarship description
Deadline: April 15

Diversity Abroad Overseas Ambassador Scholarship
Funding: $500
Eligibility: varies; priority for economically disadvantaged, first generation, minority racial/ethnic backgrounds, and students with disabilities
Service requirement: Share abroad experiences; participate in community
Deadline: varies – February, September

Funding: up to $5,000/semester or$7,000/year
Eligibility: U.S. citizens or permanent residents; study abroad program in East or Southeast Asia; undergraduate students; GPA >2.8; demonstrated financial need; receiving academic credit
Service Requirement: submit survey upon return to U.S.; initiate service project to promote study abroad opportunities in Asia and report on it
Deadline: March 29, 2022

Fund for Education Abroad Scholarship
Funding: Up to $10,000
Eligibility: US citizens or permanent residents; study abroad for Pomona credit for at least four weeks
Deadline: January (fall), September 15, 2022 (spring)

Gilman Scholarship
Funding: Up to $5,000
Eligibility: U.S. citizen; undergraduate student; Federal Pell Grant recipient (at time of application and during study abroad); receiving academic credit; country of study not restricted; minimum of four weeks
Service requirement: Upon return, recipients must create and execute a “Follow-on Service Project”
Deadlines: March 1 (fall, academic year, summer); October 6, 2022 (spring)

Gilman-McCain Scholarship
Funding: $5,000
Eligibility: U.S. citizen; undergraduate student; child dependents of active duty service members; receiving academic credit; receiving Title IV federal financial aid
Deadlines: August 1, 2022 (program start dates: September 1, 2022 - April 30, 2023)

Hostelling International USA Explore the World Travel Scholarship
Funding: $2,000
Eligibility: between ages of 18-30; permanent, legal U.S. resident; travel includes volunteering or service learning
Service requirement: Use social media to communicate experiences.

Sony Music Group Global Scholars Program
Funding: $3,000-$20,000
Eligibility: full-time students pursuing undergraduate degree programs in music and music business related fields, 3.0 GPA, demonstrated financial need
Deadline: July 25, 2022

Toshizo Watanabe Scholarship
Funding: Up to full cost of attendance
Eligibility: U.S. citizen or permanent resident; good academic standing; receiving academic credit; demonstrated financial need
Deadline: March 12, 2022

Scholarships & Fellowships that do not require proof of citizenship or legal permanent residency

Program Scholarships

Individual program providers have a range of merit and need-based scholarships.  Please visit your program provider’s website to learn more.  Here is a list of our program providers that offer scholarships to Pomona students:

More Resources on Scholarships

For more information on your financial aid package:
Office of Financial Aid at Pomona College
(909) 621-8205


Crowdsourcing and fundraisers can be a great way to raise additional money for study abroad, particularly for items such as immunizations, passport, books, supplies, and other personal expenses not covered by Pomona or outside scholarships. Sites like FundMyTravel and GoFundMe provide tools to build a fundraising platform and spread the word among family and friends.