At HECUA, we are committed to making our programs affordable for all students. Last year, HECUA awarded $50,000 in scholarships. More than 60% of students who applied for a scholarship received an award. BIPOC students, first-generation students, and students from low-income backgrounds are encouraged to apply.We offer three types of awards to students in HECUA programs, listed below.
Applicants must be an enrolled student at a HECUA consortium school. All students must have an application on file for a HECUA program to apply, and you may only apply to one type of scholarship. HECUA’s work, including scholarships, is supported by donations from our community – make a contribution here.
- November 1st – Early bird* deadline for January term and spring scholarships
- December 1st – Regular deadline for January term and spring scholarships
- March 1st– Early bird* deadline for summer and fall scholarships
- April 15th – Regular deadline for summer and fall scholarships
*Students who apply for the early bird deadline and do not receive an award will be automatically considered for the regular deadline
Scholarship for Racial Justice (up to $4,000)
A central component of HECUA’s mission is to equip students with skills and knowledge for building just communities and democratic societies. In U.S. society, racial discrimination and white supremacy shape power and privilege, including within institutions of higher education. The Scholarship for Racial Justice is one of HECUA’s concrete commitments toward undoing institutionalized racism in higher education.
- Applicants must be students of color.
- Applicant must show a demonstrated understanding of and commitment to racial justice.
- Applicants must be currently enrolled in one of HECUA’s member colleges/universities.
- Applicants must have a program application on file for a semester-long US or international HECUA program (HECUA’s short-term programs are not eligible).
Note: Students who apply for but do not receive the Scholarship for Racial Justice may withdraw from the HECUA program without financial penalty before the program begins.
Scholarship for Social Justice (up to $1,500)
A central component of HECUA’s mission is to equip students with skills and knowledge for building just communities and democratic societies. In U.S. society, racial discrimination and white supremacy shape power and privilege, including within institutions of higher education. The Scholarship for Social Justice is one of HECUA’s concrete commitments toward undoing institutionalized racism in higher education.
- Applicant must be a first-generation college student, a student from a low-income family (family’s taxable income for the preceding year did not exceed 150 percent of the poverty level amount), have an undocumented or refugee immigration status, and/or a student of color.
- Applicant must be currently enrolled in one of HECUA’s member colleges/universities.
- Applicant must have a program application on file for a semester-long US or international HECUA program (HECUA’s short-term programs are not eligible).
Note: Students in HECUA’s short-term programs are not eligible to receive the Scholarship for Social Justice.
Scholarship for Community Engagement (up to $750 for semester-long programs, and $500 for short-term programs)
HECUA provides a number of these $750 scholarships each semester to students who have demonstrated commitment to working for social change whose future goals will be strengthened by a HECUA program. Smaller awards up to $500 are available to students participating in January-term or summer programs.
- Applicants must be enrolled in a HECUA program.
- Applicants must have a demonstrated commitment to working for social change.
- Applicant must be currently enrolled in one of HECUA’s member college/universities.
Note: Students in HECUA’s short term programs may receive up to $500 from the Scholarship for Community Engagement.
How to Apply
Complete the application online using one of the links above. You may apply for only one scholarship per HECUA program. If you are participating in a second HECUA program and have already received a HECUA scholarship, you may apply for an additional scholarship for your second program.
The Gerardo Marín Scholarship for Community Internships in Latin America ($500)
The Gerardo Marín Scholarship for the Community Internships in Latin America (CILA) program honors the memory of Gerardo Marín, a leader in the field of international education at the University of San Francisco. Dr. Marín was dedicated to diversity and inclusion, and stewarded the expansion of international education programs in Central and South America, Eastern Europe, and Asia at the University of San Francisco. This $500 scholarship is intended to help defray the out-of-pocket expenses of students enrolled in HECUA’s Community Internships in Latin America program. This scholarship is open to consortium member school students, and can be applied for in conjunction with any of HECUA’s other scholarships. You can apply for the scholarship by clicking the link below: APPLY NOW!
Scholarship for DREAMer & DACA Students
Augsburg University and HECUA award an automatic $2,100 scholarship for Augsburg University DACA and undocumented students who participate in one of HECUA’s semester programs. Click here for more information.
- Applicants must be an enrolled undergraduate student at Augsburg University
- Applicants must be a DACA recipient or have an undocumented immigration status
- Applicants must be enrolled in a HECUA semester program
Other Off-Campus/Study Abroad Scholarships
- Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship
- Diversity Abroad Scholarships
- Diversity Abroad Consortium Summer Scholarship
- Ecolab Scholarship for University of Minnesota Students
- Fund for Education Abroad
- Hispanic Scholarship Fund (all HSF scholarships can also be used for study abroad through HECUA)
- Hawkinson Scholarships
- Lakselaget Foundation Scholarship
- Sons of Norway Foundation Scholarships
- Sieben Edmunds Miller Criminal Justice Scholarship
- Fund for Education Abroad: Minnesota Scholarship
- Hosteling International: Explore the World Scholarship
- Scholarships for Study Abroad Programs in New Zealand
- Maxim Smith Family Law
Frequently Asked Questions
What if my school’s program application deadline is before the HECUA scholarship deadline?
Students always have until HECUA’s scholarship application deadline to submit scholarship materials, even if a school’s application deadline comes earlier.
How do you evaluate applications?
The scholarship review committee looks primarily at essays to assess candidates for these scholarships. HECUA encourages you to have your essay reviewed by a mentor, a campus writing center, or an academic advisor.
What if I don’t get a scholarship? Are there other ways to finance my HECUA experience?
Yes! Federal aid always follows the student, and financial aid from home institutions often applies to HECUA programs. Students should consult with their home campus financial aid and study abroad offices. Be sure to also ask about additional scholarship possibilities available through your home campus. You can also refer to the list of scholarships and scholarship search sites below. *Note: Only students who apply for the Scholarship for Racial Justice are allowed to withdraw their HECUA program application without financial penalty if they don’t receive a scholarship.