Fund for Education Abroad Surpasses $3 Million in Scholarships for U.S. Students Traditionally Underrepresented in Study Abroad

68 new FEA Scholars awarded $285,000 for spring 2023 programs

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WASHINGTON, D.C., November 14, 2022 – The Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) has increased access to international education by over $3 million with its latest scholarships awards of $285,000 offered to 68 U.S. college students with financial need who are traditionally underrepresented in study abroad for spring 2023 programs. 

With this new cohort, a total of 935 FEA Scholars, including students of color, first-generation college, and community college students, have benefited in scholarships granted since FEA’s inception in 2010.

This application cycle, 85% of awarded scholars identify as students of color: 1% Middle Eastern or North African, 16% Black/African-American, 15% Asian/South Asian, 38% Hispanic/Latinx, and 14% identified as mixed race. Additionally, 57% have never left the United States. Characteristic of FEA scholars, 81% are first-generation college students, and 32% are current or former community college students. 

“FEA hits a major milestone by topping $3 million in scholarships to nearly 1,000 students who may otherwise have been excluded from game-changing opportunities,” said FEA Executive Director Angela Schaffer. “Study abroad advances careers and enriches lives, with positive impacts that ripple across communities the world over. Twelve years of intention and collaboration have paid off, inspiring us anew to manifest our vision of a world where international education is accessible to all students.”

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) supports U.S. students with financial need who are traditionally underrepresented in study abroad. Focused on first-generation college, community college, and minoritized students, FEA has awarded more than $3 million in FEA scholarships to 935 scholars since its founding in 2010. The only national non-profit (501(c)(3)) scholarship provider funded exclusively through philanthropy, FEA supports students before, during, and after their study abroad experience with scholarships and programming. FEA is a Guidestar Gold participant and was awarded the 2020 Innovation in Diversity Award by, the 2019 Scholarship Provider of the Year Award by the National Scholarship Providers Association, the 2015 Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion in International Education (EDIIE) Award by Diversity Abroad, and the 2015 Innovation in Philanthropy Award by Follow FEA online and on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Twitter.