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CEA Scholarships

CEA scholarships are open to all CEA program participants who meet the eligibility requirements; their objective is to aid students in subsidizing the cost of their study abroad program.

The CEA Scholarship program has been specially designed to meet the needs and qualifications for a wide range of students. CEA values the different backgrounds and experiences that a diverse student body brings to the study abroad experience. We strive to provide funding to as many students as possible through a wide variety of scholarship options; however, a limited number of scholarships are issued each term.

CEA Offers Two Categories of Scholarships

Students may only apply to one merit-based and one need-based scholarship. (While multiple applications are allowed per student, recipients are only eligible to be awarded a maximum of one scholarship per term).

  Semester and Academic Year Scholarship Summer
Scholarship
GPA
Requirement
Merit-Based Scholarships All CEA Affiliate± All CEA Affiliate± All Scholarships
Global Education Scholarship $1,000 $1,500 $500 $750 2.5
      Awarded with Distinction* $2,000 $3,000 $750 $1,250 2.5
Academic Excellence Scholarship $1,000 $1,500 3.7
      Awarded with Distinction* $2,000 $3,000 3.7
Global Career Scholarship $1,000 3.0
      Awarded with Distinction* $2,000 3.0
Diversity Scholarship $1,000 $1,500 2.5
      Awarded with Distinction* $2,000 $3,000 2.5
Chris Towns Memorial Scholarship $1,000 2.5
Need-Based Scholarship 
Financial Need Scholarship $1,000 $1,500 2.5

±Affiliate Scholarships are a separate fund of scholarships in each of the categories above that are available for CEA students who attend a CEA Academic Affiliate school. Students who attend an affiliate institution and apply for a CEA scholarship will automatically be considered for an affiliate scholarship — no extra application is necessary.

*Scholarships with Distinction are competitive awards chosen from Diversity, Academic Merit and Global Education Scholarship applicants highlighting excellence and exemplary effort for select candidates. NOTE: No additional application is needed to receive a scholarship with distinction; recipients will be awarded from the existing pool of applications per scholarship.

Specific Scholarship Requirements

Global Education Scholarship

For any CEA students seeking a global learning experience.

Semester/Trimester/Year Programs

$2,000 – $3,000 Scholarship Awarded with Distinction
(one per Affiliate; one non-Affiliate)
$1,000 – $1,500 remaining scholarships

Summer Programs

$500–$750 Scholarship Awarded with Distinction
(one per Affiliate; one non-Affiliate)
$750–$1,250 remaining scholarships

Students may only apply to one merit-based Semester/Trimester/Academic Year Scholarship, but may also apply to the Financial Need Scholarship if they wish (a maximum of only one scholarship will be awarded per student, per term). There are a limited number of scholarships available; however, the total number of scholarships awarded each term will depend on the quality and quantity of applications.

Requirements
  • Cumulative GPA requirement: 2.5
  • An original 400–500 word essay reflecting on the quote below and describing why it is important to you to gain 'a new way of seeing things' and how you will go about this during your study abroad experience:
  • "One's destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things."

    Henry Miller

  • Letter of recommendation
  • Scholarship Application Form and the Scholarship Academic Recommendation Form

Academic Merit Scholarship

For CEA students who have excelled academically.

Semester/Trimester/Year Programs

$2,000 – $3,000 Scholarship Awarded with Distinction
(one per Affiliate; one non-Affiliate)
$1,000 – $1,500 remaining scholarships

Students may only apply to one merit-based Semester/Trimester/Academic Year Scholarship, but may also apply to the Financial Need Scholarship if they wish (a maximum of only one scholarship will be awarded per student, per term). There are a limited number of scholarships available; however, the total number of scholarships awarded each term will depend on the quality and quantity of applications.

Requirements
  • Cumulative GPA requirement: 3.7
  • An original 400–500 word essay reflecting on the quote below and describing what you look forward to 'learning, unlearning, and relearning' and how you will accomplish your learning/unlearning goals during your study abroad experience:
  • "The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn."

    Alvin Toffler

  • Letter of recommendation
  • Scholarship Application Form and the Scholarship Academic Recommendation Form

Global Career Scholarship

For CEA students who are interested in pursuing a career with global ties.

Semester/Trimester/Year Programs

$2,000 Scholarship Awarded with Distinction
$1,000 remaining scholarships

Students may only apply to one merit-based Semester/Trimester/Academic Year Scholarship, but may also apply to the Financial Need Scholarship if they wish (a maximum of only one scholarship will be awarded per student, per term). There are a limited number of scholarships available; however, the total number of scholarships awarded each term will depend on the quality and quantity of applications.

Requirements
  • Cumulative GPA requirement: 3.0
  • Reflect on the quote below, and describe your career goals and how the skills and attributes you hope to gain while studying abroad will support you in your professional endeavors:
  • "All major hiring companies need global citizens. Global Sensitivities, global perspective, global insight; along with maturity and a capacity for risk-taking, are exactly the skills every major organization is looking for — in every industry."

    Kevin Gill, Global Director of Staffing for Honeywell

  • Letter of recommendation
  • Scholarship Application Form and the Scholarship Academic Recommendation Form

Diversity Scholarship

For CEA students from diverse backgrounds and/or for students who have had a personal experience with diversity.

Semester/Trimester/Year Programs

$2,000 – $3,000 Scholarship Awarded with Distinction
(one per Affiliate; one non-Affiliate)
$1,000 – $1,500 remaining scholarships

Students may only apply to one merit-based Semester/Trimester/Academic Year Scholarship, but may also apply to the Financial Need Scholarship if they wish (a maximum of only one scholarship will be awarded per student, per term). There are a limited number of scholarships available; however, the total number of scholarships awarded each term will depend on the quality and quantity of applications.

Requirements
  • Cumulative GPA requirement: 2.5
  • An original 400–500 word essay reflecting on the quote below and describing how your experience with diversity has prepared you for your study abroad experience:
  • "Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends."

    Maya Angelou

  • Letter of recommendation
  • Scholarship Application Form and the Scholarship Academic Recommendation Form

Chris Towns France Scholarship

For CEA students who wish to study abroad in France and are involved in co-curricular activities centered on multi-cultural or international issues at their home campus.

Semester/Trimester/Year Programs

$1,000 each scholarship

Students may only apply to one merit-based Semester/Trimester/Academic Year Scholarship, but may also apply to the Financial Need Scholarship if they wish (a maximum of only one scholarship will be awarded per student, per term). There are a limited number of scholarships available; however, the total number of scholarships awarded each term will depend on the quality and quantity of applications.

Requirements
  • Cumulative GPA requirement: 2.5
  • Open to any student who has applied to any CEA France semester, trimester, or year program
  • Write an original 400–500 word essay describing your involvement in co-curricular activities centered on multi-cultural or international issues.
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Scholarship Application Form and the Scholarship Academic Recommendation Form

Financial Need Scholarship

For CEA students who demonstrate a high need for additional funding.

Semester/Trimester/Year Programs

Need-based Scholarship: $1,000 – $1,500 per scholarship

Students who apply to the Financial Need Scholarship may also apply to one merit-based Semester/Trimester/Academic Year Scholarship if they wish; however, only a maximum of one scholarship will be awarded per selected student each term. Candidates will be evaluated on their letter of recommendation and their overall financial need gathered from the Financial Need Scholarship Application. There are a limited number of scholarships available; however, the total number of scholarships awarded each term will depend on the quality and quantity of applications.

Requirements

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Recipient Requirements

Students who are awarded a CEA scholarship must agree to adhere to the CEA Code of Conduct; CEA reserves the right to revoke a scholarship if the recipient fails to adhere to the CEA Code of Conduct listed in our policies.

Students who are awarded a scholarship with distinction will be required to submit a one page essay about their experience upon returning from their program. More details will be provided to these recipients upon notification of their award.

By applying to a CEA scholarship, you are giving CEA permission to publish your name, home university, original essay(s) and likeness for educational and promotional purposes.

General Criteria for All Scholarships

To receive full consideration for CEA's competitive scholarship program, applicants must:

  • Have submitted a completed general application for a qualifying CEA study abroad program
  • Be confirmed in their program within 30 days of submitting their scholarship materials
  • Complete the scholarship application and submit all required supporting documents as outlined in each scholarship category. The following materials must be submitted for all Scholarships:
  • Send all scholarship materials to CEA Headquarters by mail, fax, or e-mail as noted on the Scholarship Application Form. Please send all materials together (letters of recommendation may be sent separately by the recommender). All items must be received by the following dates:
    • Spring Programs: Accepting applications from August 15 to October 1
    • Summer Programs: Accepting applications from December 15 to March 5
    • Fall Programs: Accepting applications from January 15 to April 15

Candidates must properly cite the source for any quote or paraphrase used in their essay. Essays with any evidence of plagiarism will cause the candidate to be disqualified from receiving a scholarship. Candidates will be evaluated on their letter of recommendation, and the overall creativity, quality and structure of their essay and some essays on the demonstrated involvement with co-curricular activities.

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Dates and Deadlines

  • Spring Programs:
    Accepting applications from August 15 to October 1
  • Summer Programs:
    Accepting applications from December 15 to March 5
  • Fall Programs:
    Accepting applications from January 15 to April 15

Selection Process

There are a limited number of scholarships available; however, the total number of scholarships awarded each term will depend on the quality and quantity of applications. Candidates who meet the scholarship criteria and program requirements will have their scholarship application and supporting documents evaluated by an interdepartmental selection committee. A maximum of only one scholarship per selected student will be awarded per term. Winners will be notified by phone,
e-mail, or mail approximately six to eight weeks after the submission deadline.