Students studying foreign languages have increased cultural awareness, the opportunity to interact with more diverse individuals, and perhaps even the chance to study abroad. Many students who study foreign languages worry about how to fund their education, study abroad trips, and supplemental cultural experiences necessary to improve their language skills. For students seeking foreign language scholarships, the list below is a good starting point:
Jensen Scholarship for Study Abroad
This award is open to students who aspire to become French teachers. The scholarship provides an award worth $1,500 to help pay for one or two semesters of study abroad. Any student who is over 18 years of age is eligible for the award as long as they are majoring in a French. Additional information about the application process can be found at the following website: https://www.frenchteachers.org/hq/scholarshipjensen.htm.
Providence College’s Agnes Martin & James F. Sheil ’43 Memorial Fund
This scholarship helps defray the cost of tuition for foreign language majors who attend Providence College. In order to be eligible, students must have at least a 3.0 grade point average, demonstrate leadership abilities, and be enrolled as a full-time student. Additional information about this award can be found at this website: http://catalog.providence.edu/content.php?catoid=6&navoid=206#Endowed_Donor_Scholarships.
The Critical Language Scholarship Program
This scholarship programs helps fund students who plan to study abroad over the summer. In order to be considered for the award, students must intend to study a high need language. A number of languages are considered critical, so students studying one of these should definitely consider this award! Foreign-language students may wonder whether their language is considered a critical language. According to the program, the current critical languages are: Russian, Japanese, Chinese, Azerbaijani, Hindi, Indonesian, Punjabi, Bangla, Korean, Urdu, Swahili, Turkish, Persian, and Arabic. Some languages require students to have an advanced level while other languages are open to students who are beginners and intermediate speakers. Additional information about this scholarship can be found here: http://clscholarship.org.
The Fulbright program aims to increase cultural exchange between the U.S. and other countries. These awards are highly competitive and they are considered among the most prestigious scholarships available. In order to be eligible, students must be citizens of the United States, have a bachelor’s degree, be in good health, and provide proof of language fluency in the country where they wish to study. Additional eligibility criteria can be found at the following website: http://us.fulbrightonline.org/about/eligibility.
American Foundation for Translation and Interpretation, Inc. Scholarship
This scholarship provides a $2,500 one-time award. Students must have at least one year left in their degree program. This award is open to both undergraduate and graduate students. Additional information about this scholarship and other scholarships can be found at this website: http://www.afti.org.
Boren Undergraduate Scholarships
This scholarship is open to any U.S. undergraduate student who wants to study abroad. Knowledge of the language where the student plans to study is a critical component of the application. Students who plan to study critical languages are given priority for the award, as are students who plan to study for at least one year abroad. The amount of the awards varies, but in general, they can range from $8,000 through $20,000. Students who only plan to study for a summer abroad are awarded a smaller amount of funding that students who plan to study abroad for an entire year. Additional information about this scholarship can be found here: https://www.borenawards.org/boren_scholarship/basics.html.
Students who are seeking other opportunities may want to look at the following website, hosted by the University of Maryland’s National Foreign Language Center: http://www.nflc.umd.edu/support_college. This website provides an extensive list of government and non-governmental scholarship opportunities that are available to U.S. students. In addition, students should inquire with their college or university to determine if they have any scholarships for students studying a foreign language.