Scholarships and Financial Aid

So we know that it's not enough for us to simply encourage more people to study abroad. We also need to make sure that they can actually afford it.

~ Michelle Obama

Understandably, one of the biggest deterrents for students when making the decision to study abroad is concern for the cost. At the Lamar University office of Study Abroad and Student Exchange, we want to empower every student who wants to enrich their education through travel to be provided with that opportunity regardless of socioeconomic status or personal finances. Below are several options for scholarships and grants to make this dream a reality:

First, we have multiple scholarships offered through Lamar University. Fill out this application to be considered for the following grants or scholarships for Study Abroad (make sure to select "Study Abroad" on the drop-down menu in the first section). Completing this application will automatically put in the pool for consideration for the following:

  • The Study Abroad Fee Grant (almost every student qualifies for this $200 scholarship! Funds available on a first come first serve basis.)

  • The McMaster Study Abroad Grant for Reaud Honors College undergraduate students for $1000

  • The Carter Innovation Fund Scholarship for undergraduate business majors/minors up to $2500

  • The Steinhagen Global Fellowship scholarship for graduate business majors/minors up to $2500


If you are a Pell Grant recipient, you automatically qualify for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program. The Gilman offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies or internships abroad. Applications open once a semester with deadlines in October and March of each year. This scholarship can apply toward short term, faculty-led study abroad programs and semester long exchanges. 

If you are considering spending a semester studying abroad at one of our international partner universities, the following are scholarships for students going abroad for a semester:

  • Boren Scholarship--The Boren Awards fund the intensive study of language and culture abroad by U.S. undergraduate or graduate students. Students must be studying abroad for at least 12 weeks 

  • Freeman Asia Scholarship--for students studying abroad in East or Southeast Asia (students who study at one of our two partner universities in South Korea would qualify) 

  • DAAD German Exchange Scholarship--students who choose to study abroad at our partner university in Germany qualify for this scholarship

  • Tortuga Study Abroad Scholarship  --$1000 scholarship offered to students who have been accepted into a semester/year long study abroad program 


What if none of these scholarships are a good fit? 

We encourage you to take advantage of This website is designed to help students raise funds for their study abroad trips through the generosity of their network of friends, family, and acquaintances.

With FundMyTravel, you can create a personalized donation page where you can share your trip itinerary, a video explaining your plans, and letters of recommendation from professors or study abroad advisors. This allows potential donors to see exactly what they are contributing to and feel confident in their decision to support you.

The process is simple: you create a profile, set a fundraising goal, and then share the link with your network. From there, donors can contribute directly to your campaign and help you reach your study abroad dreams.

FundMyTravel is a great way to make your study abroad dreams a reality, and the LU Office of Study Abroad is here to assist you in creating your donation page. 

Please reach out to us at or at 409-880-7013 if you want to schedule an appointment to talk about study abroad opportunities and your options for financial assistance.


Download our budget worksheet to plan for any additional expenses associated with your program.

Are you a Pell Grant recipient?

Then you automatically qualify for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship ProgramThe Gilman offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies or credit-bearing, career-oriented internships abroad.

Annually, nearly 3,000 students are awarded up to $8,000 toward their study abroad program.

October 6th is the deadline to apply for programs in Spring 2023, Summer 2023, Fall 2023, and Academic Year 2023-2024. If you are interested please email ASAP!