R-MC Funds to Support Study Abroad

R-MC students can apply for the following sources of financial support for their study abroad experiences. Most are designated for students spending a semester or academic year abroad. J-term travelers are eligible for the Meade Family Scholarship, the Gilman Scholarship (if the course meets the Gilman criteria), and possibly others. These funds are the result of generous contributions to the college by alumni, or in one case a former faculty member.  

NEW! The Meade Family Scholarship for J-term or semester abroad

Made possible by Mr. Michael Meade, R-MC class of 2004, and the Meade family, this scholarship encourages students to express their passion for study abroad in creative, artistic ways. Any student participating in a J-term study/travel course or semester abroad can apply. Consult the Meade Scholarship Application for detailed information and application guidelines. (The deadline for 2018 has passed.)

R-MC Study Abroad Travel Grants


Need-based awards for travel to semester study abroad programs in any country outside the US. Award amounts vary; they may cover up to half the cost of airfare. Students studying abroad in fall 2018 can submit the online application  

The Gray Fund for International Study

Deadline: April 9 2018

The Gray Fund for International Study was established in honor of Anne Marie Gray, whose husband, William Cabell Gray, graduated from R-MC in 1933. The fund is to benefit students who have demonstrated financial need and wish to study abroad, with preference given to students studying the humanities. Students studying abroad in fall 2018 can apply by submitting the online application  

The Carrell Aid Program


Established by former R-MC faculty member Susan L. Carrell, this program supports travel expenses for RMC students who study abroad in France (including dependencies) for a semester or an academic year. Students must be majoring or minoring in French and have demonstrated financial need. Awards vary based on the actual costs of travel to the host site.

The Barbara S. Doggett French Fellowship Fund

Deadline: April 9 2018

Established by Robert V. Doggett, Jr., R-MC class of 1957, in honor of his wife, Barbara, this merit-based award is for R-MC students majoring or minoring in French and participating in a semester abroad program in a French-speaking country. One $2,500 award will be made each academic year. Recipients will send a letter of thanks to the donor or his designated representatives, as well as a brief written reflection at the conclusion of their study abroad experience.

Applicants for this award submit a questionnaire, an essay, 2 letters of recommendation written by faculty members, and 1 character reference from a non-family member. In addition, each applicant will participate in a personal interview.

The Georgina Childs and Marcelle Prat de Jouvenel Scholarship

Established by the late Hon. J. Rives Childs ’12, this scholarship provides in alternating years a full year of study at the University of Nice in France for a Randolph-Macon student, and a year’s study at R-MC for a student of the University of Nice. It may be divided by two R-MC students who each spend one semester in Nice. R-MC recipients are selected by the French department on the basis of merit from among students currently majoring in French. Contact the OIE or the French faculty for more information.

Additional Sources of Funding for Study Abroad

This list is by no means complete - there are myriad opportunities out there! Investigate scholarships offered by your program provider, any groups you belong to, and use the Internet to search for additional possibilities.

AIFS Study Abroad Scholarships

AIFS offers scholarships for students studying abroad through an AIFS program.

Allianz Global Assistance USA


Allianz Global Assistance USA hosts a national scholarship contest called ScholarTrips that awards six $2,500 scholarships to students seeking to enrich their education through international travel. To participate in this contest, applicants may create a video or write an essay on what inspires them to travel abroad.

Annette Kade Scholarships for Study in Austria, France, Germany, and Switzerland

Applicants must be studying in one of the countries listed above through an ISEP program.

Asia Institute

The Asia Institute awards scholarships of $1,000 to students majoring in international business or engineering who plan to have an international experience in an Asian country - that can be study abroad of any length, an internship, or even research. This is one of VERY FEW scholarships available for programs as short as J-term study/travel courses!

Benjamin Franklin Travel Grant

The Benjamin Franklin Travel Grant is awarded by the French Embassy in the United States. It provides grants of $900 to students who are majoring or minoring in French and wish to travel to France for studies, internships, research, or other projects.

Bridging Scholarships

Bridging Scholarships are generous awards of $2500 or $4000 for students studying in Japan on a semester or year-long program, and there are multiple awards each semester (75 awards will be made in fall 2016, for example). In addition, two students who participate in an essay contest will receive $7,500 toward their studies in Japan.

Boren Scholarships

An initiative of the U.S. Department of State, applicants should be studying one of the languages deemed critical to U.S. national security, which include Japanese, Chinese, Arabic, Russian, French (in African countries), and many more. Boren Awards are up to $10,000 for a semester or $20,000 for an academic year. STEM students are eligible for awards of up to $8,000 for summer programs at least 8 weeks in length. The Boren program is for both undergraduates and graduate students.

Campus France

Search the Campus France database for hundreds of scholarship opportunities to help fund studies in France. Most of the information is in French, naturally, but don’t let that deter you!


A comprehensive list of scholarships, grants, and loans for students studying abroad, organized by country. You can also search for funding for study in multiple countries or by region or by language.

Critical Language Scholarships 

If you are intrigued by less commonly taught foreign languages, a Critical Language Scholarship may be right for you! These generous awards fully fund 8-10 weeks of intensive language training abroad (including airfare) during the summer in areas deemed of critical need to U.S. national security, including China, Japan, Korea, Russia & more. Most CLS languages do not require previous study of the target language. Applications are due mid-November for the following summer.

Cultural Bridge Scholarships

Weekend Student Adventures (WSA) offers one or more scholarships each semester to help defray the cost of studying abroad in Europe. Check their website for application deadlines.

DAAD - German Academic Exchange Service

The DAAD offers a wide range of generous scholarships, grants, and fellowships to support US and Canadian citizens, from freshman to faculty, who study or do research or internships in Germany. If the website is confusing, send them an email or call to ask questions!

Education New Zealand - Generation Study Abroad Travel Awards

Awards are targeted towards students (US citizens and residents) who want to spend a semester or year at a New Zealand university through a study abroad program. R-MC students can apply to several programs in New Zealand through ISEP or USAC.

Foundation for Global Scholars

Applicants must plan to study abroad for a minimum of 4 weeks. Scholarships are designated for students with financial need.


Freeman-ASIA awards provide generous, need-based funding for undergraduate students studying abroad in many countries throughout East or Southeast Asia for a summer, semester, or year. 

Fund for Education Abroad

FEA is dedicated to increasing the number and diversity of American students studying abroad by providing game-changing scholarships for semester and summer study abroad. Preference is given to first gen and other underrepresented students as well as those with financial need. Awards are up to $5,000 for a semester or $10,000 for a full year.

Gilman Scholarships

U.S. undergraduate students studying or interning abroad (spending 3 weeks or longer in one country) during the semester, summer, or J-term and who are eligible to receive a federal Pell Grant can apply for the Gilman Scholarship. Priority for these very generous awards is given to students underrepresented in study abroad, and a service project must be completed after your return. Several R-MC students have won Gilman Scholarships in recent years - ALL eligible students are strongly encouraged to apply!

Go Abroad 

A comprehensive site devoted to going abroad for many reasons, including scholarships listed by geographic location and field of study, as well as tips for submitting the strongest possible applications and info about other ways to fund your abroad experiences.

Go Overseas - Grants and Scholarships

Provides a list of scholarship opportunities and other databases, as well as offering scholarships in partnership with other organizations. In 2016 Go Overseas is awarding two $15,000 scholarships for study in Ireland, for example, and there may be awards for New Zealand as well.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund

For students who are of Hispanic background wishing to study abroad.

IIE (Institute of International Education) Study Abroad Funding Database

Brought to you by the organization spearheading the Generation Study Abroad initiative, this is a helpful database with detailed descriptions of hundreds of scholarships, fellowships, grants, and paid internship opportunities. 

International Financial Aid and College Scholarship Search

IEFA is a database where you can search for many different types of study abroad scholarships.

ISEP Scholarships & Financial Aid

ISEP offers a variety of grants and scholarships to students who are studying abroad on ISEP programs.

Mango Scholarships

Mango Languages is offering three scholarships of $1,000 each to support students in their educational goals. There are no lengthy essays, recommendation letters, or application fees. Just tell your story. It’s that simple!

The National Italian American Foundation

The National Italian American Foundation awards scholarships to 60-70 students each year. Students must be a member of the NIAF or have a parent/grandparent/guardian who is a member. Students must also have a GPA of at least 3.5 and have at least one ancestor who has immigrated from Italy. The deadline to apply for the scholarship is on March 1. 

USAC Scholarships

USAC (University Study Abroad Consortium) offers a variety of grants and scholarships to students studying abroad on USAC programs. They are expanding the number and scope of scholarships every year! Check out this USAC blog for some more info.

Virginia International Business Council Scholarship

The Virginia International Business Council (VAIBC) scholarship program grants multiple scholarships to students in central Virginia who study abroad, in part to encourage them to consider a career in international business. Recipients also receive a year-long membership to the VAIBC. Two R-MC students are among the most recent recipients! While the website has not been updated, applications for 2017-18 are due April 12th. Email for application information.

The travel website WanderPig provides one or more $500 scholarships to students studying abroad. The online application is simple and painless - give it a try!

The Study Abroad Journal

Write an essay or submit a creative video for a chance to win $500!

Hostelling International USA

Over 90 scholarship recipients receive $2,000 to help finance an international experience that includes an educational component. Please visit the link to find out more about this opportunity. Only students in very particular geographical areas can apply (Hanover County, VA is one of them, believe it or not), so the competition will not be nearly as fierce as for some of the national scholarships. Deadlines are provided in the website.