Fund for Education Abroad Awards $400,000 to 123 Scholars Traditionally Underrepresented in Study Abroad

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WASHINGTON, D.C., March 18, 2022 – The Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) has increased access to international education by offering 123 flexible scholarships totaling more than $400,000 for study abroad in summer 2022, fall 2022, and academic year 2022-2023 to students traditionally underrepresented in U.S. study abroad. 

With this new cohort, a total of 867 scholars, including students of color, first-generation college and community college students, have benefited from more than $2.5 million in scholarships granted since FEA’s inception in 2010. The newly awarded FEA scholarships are flexible, an innovation introduced in spring 2020 in response to the disruption in higher education and travel triggered by the global COVID-19 pandemic. 

This application cycle, 85% of awarded scholars identify as students of color: 3% Middle Eastern or North African, 22% Black/African-American, 29% Asian/South Asian, 24% Hispanic/Latinx, and 7% identified as mixed race. Additionally, 34% of these FEA Scholars identifies as LGBTQ+ and 35% have never left the United States. Characteristic of FEA scholars, 82% are first-generation college students, and 35% are current or former community college students. 

“For these FEA Scholars to remain intent on realizing their study abroad goals despite the last two years of interruptions to their educational pathways truly humbles us. We are grateful to our reviewers and volunteers for their dedication throughout the selection process. We look forward to supporting this amazing cohort of FEA Scholars as they continue to break down barriers in education abroad and beyond,” said FEA Executive Director Angela Schaffer. 

FEA awards many different types of scholarships, including Named & Dedicated Scholarships that are funded by specific donors; Designated Scholarships that are destination- or demographic-specific; and Access Partner Scholarships. FEA Access Partners engage in the mission of the organization through annual support towards co-branded and allocated scholarships, and they participate on the Access Advisory Board, providing critical leadership-level feedback to FEA. 

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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 students of color 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), established to share best practices in international education and actively engage in FEA’s mission to increase the number of Americans studying abroad. FEA is a Guidestar Gold participant, and  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, and on Facebook, LinkedIn, Tumblr and on Twitter: @FEAScholarships.