Fund for Education Abroad Offers 91 Study Abroad Scholarships Totaling More Than $350,000, Extends Deferral Period for All Awarded During Pandemic

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WASHINGTON, D.C., April 1, 2021 – One year after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) has increased access to international education by offering 91 flexible scholarships totaling more than $350,000 to students traditionally underrepresented in study abroad. These scholarships are deferrable through summer 2022, a deferral period that has been extended twice to help students achieve their dream of study abroad despite the current disruption to higher education and international travel.

Including this new cohort, a total of 705 scholars, including students of color, first-generation college and community college students, have benefited from over $2.2 million in scholarships granted since FEA’s inception in 2010. Of these scholars, 240 have been awarded deferrable scholarships during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This application cycle, 92% of awarded scholars identify as students of color: 2% Middle Eastern or North African, 20% Black/African-American, 23% Asian/South Asian, 31% Hispanic/Latinx, and 16% identified as mixed race. Additionally, 90% of these scholars are first-generation college students, 9% currently attend community college, and 32% transferred from community college to their current four-year institution.

“I am humbled to award these deserving students FEA scholarships in my final weeks as Director,” said departing FEA Executive Director Jennifer Calvert. “The past, present, and future FEA scholars are the reason I intend to stay very involved with FEA as a donor and supporter. I can’t wait to see all that these students, and FEA, will do.” 

FEA awards many different types of scholarships, including Named 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.

FEA Scholars:

Access Partner Scholars:

The Cyril Taylor Memorial Scholarship recipients. Left to right, in succession from top to bottom: Abigail Delao, Anaya Truss-Williams, Dontay Givens, Lilibeth Ramirez, Mesoud Awol, Romina Pinto, Shukrana Shukrullah, Tagira Alvarenga, Bobbi Coffee.


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.