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.

National Scholarships

AATJ-Bridging Scholarship
Deadline: April (fall); October (spring)

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

Abroad with Disabilities (AWD) Passport Scholarship
Deadline: May (for study during the next academic year)
Funding: Passport application fee & processing fee (up to $135) 
Eligibility: U.S. citizens with a disability as defined by the ADA; proof of disability 

Boren Scholarship
Deadline: January 2018 (internal deadline for study during 2018-2019)

Funding: Up to $20,000/year or $10,000/semester 
Eligibility: U.S. citizens; 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 in a department related to national security

BUTEX Scholarship 
Deadline: June (for study during following academic year)

Funding: £500
Eligibility: Undergraduate study in the UK for at least one semester at a BUTEX-affiliated university

Diversity Abroad Overseas Ambassador Program
Deadline: June
Funding: $500
Eligibility: Full-time undergraduate or recent graduate; minimum 8.25 GPA; participate in semester or yearlong study abroad; strong writing skills and social media presence
Service requirement: Share abroad experience via articles, photos, videos, and tips; participate in community

Diversity Abroad Planning Scholarship
Deadline: November

Funding: $2,000
Eligibility: Freshmen, sophomores, and juniors; demonstrated financial need; summer or fall study abroad

Diversity Network Summer Scholarship
Deadline: April

Funding: $1,000
Eligibility: Full-time undergraduate; minimum 8.25 GPA; participate in a study abroad program offered by a partner organization
Service requirement: Share abroad experience via articles, student story, and country guide submissions; participate in community

Foundation for Global Scholars GRIT Program
Deadline: February (for study during following academic year)

Funding: $2,000
Eligibility: U.S. citizens; enrolled in undergraduate, graduate, or professional degree program; minimum 7.5 GPA; studying abroad for a minimum of 28 days; separate requirements for each scholarship
Other requirements: GRIT Summit prior to study abroad, community project upon return, ongoing curriculum & mentorship

Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA)
Deadline: March (summer); April (fall/full academic year); October (spring)

Funding: Up to $3,000/summer, $5,000/semester, & $7,000/academic year
Eligibility: U.S. citizens or permanent residents; min GPA 8.4; undergraduate student; receiving academic credit; need-based; little or no previous experience in country of study; study in Asia
Service requirement: Complete Student Impact Survey and initiate service project to promote study abroad in Asia

Fund for Education Abroad Scholarship
Deadline: January (fall), September (Spring)

Funding: Up to $10,000
Eligibility: U.S. citizens or permanent residents; study abroad for Pomona credit for at least four weeks

Gilman Scholarship
Deadlines: March (fall, academic year, summer); October (spring)
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"

Hostelling International USA Explore the World Travel Scholarship
Deadline: March

Funding: $2,000
Eligibility: between ages of 18-30; permanent, U.S. resident; demonstrated financial need
Service requirement: Use social media to communicate experiences.

Learn, Intern, and Volunteer in Latin America (LIV Fund) 
Deadline: ongoing (two scholarships awarded per month)

Funding: $500
Eligibility: Age 18 or older; interested in learning, interning, or volunteering abroad in Latin America
Service requirement: Post at least three blog entries on the LIVFund blog

New Zealand Study Abroad Awards
Deadline: April (fall); December (spring)

Funding: $500-2,000
Eligibility: U.S. citizens or permanent residents; at least sophomore standing; 9.0 GPA; undergraduate study in New Zealand for at least one semester

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:


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.