Fund for Education Abroad Grants 41 Scholarships Totaling $200,000 for Spring 2020 Study Abroad

New FEA Scholars are 100% minority background, 51% first-generation, and 27% community college students

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WASHINGTON, DC, November 7, 2019 – The Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) has granted 41 scholarships during its second spring award cycle, increasing access to international education to a record 176 students in 2019. Scholarships to FEA’s latest cohort totaled $200,000, bringing scholarships awarded in 2019 to a record $600,000 and increasing by 45 percent the number of students awarded in a single year.

Of the 41 awarded students, 100% are of minority background, 51% are first-generation college students, and 27% have attended community college, now or in the past. A total of 466 scholars have benefited from over $1.8 million in scholarships since FEA’s inception in 2010.

“These students all, in some way, represent backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in American study abroad,” said FEA Executive Director Jennifer Calvert. “They embody FEA’s mission of increasing access to international education to those least likely to experience the high-impact practice of study abroad.”

The spring 2020 FEA scholarship winners were selected from a pool of over 1,800 applicants representing approximately 470 colleges and universities across the country. A team of 110 volunteer reviewers read and reviewed each application. The newly named FEA Scholars and their study abroad destinations are:

FEA Scholars come from a variety of racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds and represent higher education institutions across the country, and they include minority, LBGTQI, first-generation college and community college students. FEA funds scholarships of up to $10,000 for an academic year abroad, enabling students to study across the globe for a minimum of four weeks to a full academic year.

Fund for Education Abroad spring 2020 scholars include (from l-r, top-bottom): Feven Gebremariam, Walter Ramirez, Bidhya Bhattarai, Alejandra Tinoco Bonilla, Zena Jaber, Baldwin Lawson, Irma Reyes Aragon, Donovan Carter, and Joanely Alvidrez.


About the Fund for Education Abroad
The Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) is a 501(c)(3) whose mission is to provide scholarships and ongoing support to students who are underrepresented among the U.S. study abroad population, making life-changing, international experiences accessible to all by supporting minority and first-generation college students before, during, and after they participate in education abroad programs. FEA Access Partners participate on the FEA Access Advisory Board (AAB), establish best practices in international education and actively engage in FEA’s mission to increase the number of Americans studying abroad. FEA is a Guidestar Platinum participant, and has won the 2019 Scholarship Provider of the Year Award from the National Scholarship Providers Association, the 2015 Diversity Abroad Excellence in Diversifying International Education Award and’s 2015 Innovation in Philanthropy Award.  Follow FEA at, on Facebook and LinkedIn at Fund for Education Abroad, and on Twitter and Instagram: @FEAScholarships.