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Study Abroad Scholarships
Spain, Argentina, Cuba, Panama & Puerto Rico

Study Abroad Scholarship Program

SSA scholarships are only awarded to students participating in our programs. Scholarship applications submitted by students participating in non-SSA programs will not be considered

SSA has awarded over $230,000 in scholarships since 2001. We offer two scholarship options available for students attending SSA regular academic programs in Spain, Argentina, Cuba, Panama, and Puerto Rico. You may submit an application to only one scholarship: Merit-Based or Diversity.

Essay entries should be between 400 and 500 words and written in English. Please include your name, program, and home school in the top right-hand corner, and submit your completed scholarship application to with “Diversity Scholarship Essay” or “Merit-Based Scholarship Essay” in the subject.

Be creative! This is your chance to set yourself apart!

Below you will find information about SSA scholarship opportunities. 


– SSA scholarships cannot be applied to program costs, including tuition. Scholarships are meant to offset extra expenses while abroad, such as flights, transportation, entertainment, etc.

– The SSA Scholarship Program does not include Custom Programs or Faculty-led Programs. 

– For information on other sources of funding and financial matters, please click below.

Merit-Based Scholarship

This scholarship is especially designed for students with a strong passion for Spanish and Latin American cultures. Strong preference will be given to students who demonstrate great dedication to their study of Spanish and Latin American cultures both in and out of the classroom.

Prompt: For this essay, share a personal life story that demonstrates your dedication to learning about Spanish and Latin American cultures.

Diversity Scholarship

This scholarship is especially designed for students from diverse backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in study abroad including, but not limited to the areas of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, age, religion, disabilities, as well as first generation students and non-traditional students.

Prompt: In this essay, describe a unique chapter in your life that has contributed to making you an applicant for this specific scholarship.

 Merit Based ScholarshipDiversity Based Scholarship
Cumulative GPA Requirement:   3.5 GPA   3.0 GPA
Semester/Academic Year Awards:                $ 1,500.00
Summer/January Awards:                 $ 500.00

The deadlines for both SSA Scholarships are the same as the regular program deadlines:

Program TermProgram Application / Scholarship Deadlines
Academic Year               May 15
Fall Semester               May 15
Spring Semester            October 15
Spring Semester Jan Term             October 15
Jan Term             October 15
Any Summer Program                May 15
  • Students may apply for the Merit-Based or Diversity Scholarship prior to their acceptance in an SSA program, but only accepted students may receive a scholarship.
  • Receipt of an SSA scholarship, as with all scholarship awards, may affect your overall financial aid package at your home institution.
  • Late scholarship applications will not be considered. No exceptions.
  • Students who are part of customized group programs/faculty-led programs through their home universities are not eligible for scholarships.
  • Essay entries should be between 400 and 500 words and written in English.
  • Please include your name, program, and home school in the top right-hand corner, and submit your completed scholarship application to with “Diversity Scholarship Essay” or Merit-Based Scholarship Essay” in the subject.

Go-Again Alumni Scholarship

The SSA Alumni Scholar Fund was developed in 2004 and designed to benefit returning students wishing to embark on an additional cross-cultural adventure with SSA. We now offer all alumni students a stipend to apply towards another SSA experience in Spain, Argentina, Cuba, Panama, and Puerto Rico.

Go-Again Alumni Scholarship

Please note that all SSA alumni who choose to attend an additional program with us will automatically receive the Alumni Scholarship. Alumni who receive an Alumni Scholarship are also eligible to apply for the SSA Scholarship Program.

Program Term     Award Amounts
Academic Year            $1,000
Semester              $500
Each Short Term              $100

Using Financial Aid to Study Abroad

Study abroad does not have to be out of your reach financially. In fact, if you already receive financial aid most students are able to use part, if not all, of their financial aid for study abroad. Often, a “Contractual Agreement” or “Consortium Agreement” Form is completed by the college and SSA for purposes of applying financial aid to your study abroad program. You may contact us at for further information and instructions regarding the transfer of financial aid. Your advisor or your financial aid officer can also assist you with this process. This must be done in advance of payment due dates.


Who Needs This Form

If you are going to receive financial aid after the payment deadline for your program at SSA, then you need to submit this form along with a signed consortium agreement to your SSA Advisor. This form allows SSA to defer a portion of your program’s cost until your financial aid is processed and disbursed. Click on the button below, and then right click on the form to save it to your computer.


Imagine you are going on the Summer program which costs $5,000 and whose payment deadline is April 15th. You are receiving $2,000 in scholarship funds, but these funds will only be disbursed to you on June 15th.

You would make a payment to SSA of $3,000 by the April 15th deadline, and submit a Financial Aid Deferment Form letting us know when and how you will be receiving your $2,000 scholarship money.

This would allow you to go abroad without paying the full tuition by the final payment due date, while still holding you responsible for paying your financial aid amount when it is disbursed to you.

SSA is committed to helping make your dreams of studying in another country a reality. Toward that end, we’re open to discussing the possibility of payment plans. If you would like to explore this option, please contact your SSA Advisor by calling (413) 256-0011 and let them know you’re interested in a payment plan.

SAMPLE Payment Plan

This sample payment plan is for a student attending a Summer Term Program. Your payment plan would be different, but follow a similar model.

The total balance of this sample program fee is $4,500. The repayment schedule and terms are outlined below:

Repayment Schedule      Amount
Non-Refundable Deposit – Due 10 days after acceptance          $500
First Payment – Due February 15          $800
Second Payment – Due March 15          $800
Third Payment – Due April 15          $800
Fourth Payment – Due May 15         $800
Final Payment – Due June 15         $800
Total Payments:       $4,500
  • Payments must be received by the due dates specified in your payment plan.
  • If the account becomes delinquent on any listed payment, the entire amount will become payable immediately.
  • A $100 payment plan fee will be added to the program costs.
  • Immediate notification to SSA must be made if a situation arises causing the potential for default.
  • Agreement to and acceptance of the payment plan schedule and terms outlined above.

The Gilman International Scholarship Program Applicants must be receiving a Federal Pell Grant or provide proof that he/she will be receiving a Pell Grant at the time of application or during the term of his/her study abroad. The applicant is applying to or has been accepted into a study abroad program eligible for credit by the student’s accredited institution of higher education in the U.S. The applicant is studying abroad for at least four weeks in one country. Programs going to more than one country are eligible if the student will be studying in one country for at least four consecutive weeks. The applicant is studying abroad in any country except Cuba or a country on the U.S. Department of State’s current Travel Warning list. Award amounts will vary depending on the length of study and student need with the average award being approximately $4,000.

Fund for Education Abroad (FEA): The FEA was established in 2010 to expand access to study abroad by raising awareness of its benefits to the individual and value to the collective, and by granting scholarships of up to $10,000. Applicants from groups underrepresented in study abroad and those destined for non-traditional locations are given preference, in an effort to make the demographics of U.S. undergraduates studying abroad reflect the rich diversity of the U.S. population.

Diverse International Women of Color Scholarship: is intended to assist women of color who are exceptional in their studies and in need of financial assistance to study abroad. DIWC will award (5) $500 scholarships to women of color who have been accepted to a Summer 2021 Study Abroad Program.

International Education Financial Aid IEFA is the premier resource for financial aid, college scholarship and grant information for US and international students wishing to study abroad. At this site, you will find the most comprehensive college scholarship search and grant listings plus international student loan programs and other information to promote study abroad. is the first online resource center dedicated to increasing the number of minority and underrepresented students in study abroad. They list several diversity, low-income, and general scholarship opportunities available to students (see site for details).

Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grant Phi Kappa Phi offers forty-five $1,000 study abroad grants each year. Those eligible to apply include members and non-members of Phi Kappa Phi, but must have a Phi Kappa Phi chapter at their home institution and a minimum 3.5 GPA. For deadlines and further details visit their website.

Boren Awards for International Study Boren scholarships are awarded to students studying abroad in typically underrepresented countries of international study. This includes Spanish Studies Abroad programs in Argentina. Boren scholarships are funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), which supports education believed critical to U.S. national security, including language. For deadlines and more details visit their website.

Addiction Resource Scholarship awards $3,000 in scholarships each year to students who share their vision for an addiction-free world.  With the Addiction Resource Scholarship, current and prospective college students share their story on how we can make the world addiction-free. Scholarship Directory allows you to search for available scholarships based upon your individual needs and plans.

Check out and Billed as ‘The World’s #1 Personal Fundraising Website’, this page will allow you to set a dollar target amount and then ask people to contribute toward it much like a Kickstarter or IndieGoGo project. GoGetFunding is a crowdfunding website that lets you raise money for anything that matters to you. From personal causes and events to projects and more. We’ve helped people from all over the world raise millions online.

There are many other resources to help you fund your study abroad. Sometimes schools have special funding available to students studying abroad, or there may be a study abroad scholarship offered through your local Rotary Club. We encourage you to talk to your school or search the internet to research these funding sources.

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