Accessible Frontiers Portfolio

Accessible Frontiers is a portfolio of scholarships available to UIC students with the objective of helping those traditionally underrepresented in international education push the boundaries of a typical undergraduate experience to include the unfamiliar but exciting world of study abroad. 

Applications are available in the Study Abroad Office


Nina Shepherd Scholarship
$500 for semester, $250 for summer
This award honors the memory of the founding director of the UIC Study Abroad Office and is made possible by the generosity of her friends and family

Eligibility

  • Participation on a Study Abroad Office affiliated program
  • 3.0 GPA
Application Deadline: Mid - March for summer and fall programs; Mid - October for Spring programs

UIC-CIEE Diversity Fund
$2,500 for semester, $500 for summer
Through generous support from the Council on International Educational Exchange this fund was established to support traditionally under-represented students studying abroad.

Eligibility

  • Participation on a CIEE program
  • Self-identify as an under-represented student
Application Deadline: Mid - March for summer and fall programs ; Mid - October for Spring programs

UIC-SIT Diversity Fund
Up to $2,000 for summer; Up to $4,000 for semester 
Through generous support from World Learning and SIT Study Abroad, the UIC-SIT Fund is established to support of traditionally under-represented students studying abroad.

Eligibility

  • Participation on an affiliated SIT program
  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Self-identify as an under-represented student
Application Deadline: Mid - March for summer and fall programs ; Mid - October for Spring programs

Honors College Flaherty Scholarship
$500-$1000
The scholarship is awarded to Honors College students studying abroad during the Fall, Spring, or Summer term. The award is made possible by a gift from the estate of Gloria Flaherty, a former professor of German. Complete online application to apply

Eligibility

  • UIC campus endorsed program
  • Good Standing in the Honors College
  • Minimum 3.4 GPA
Application Deadline: Mid - March for summer and fall programs ; Mid - October for Spring programs

Honors College Deans Study Abroad Scholarship
$1,000-$2,000

The scholarship is awarded to Honors College students studying abroad during the Fall, Spring, or Summer term. The award was established to support traditionally under-represented students studying abroad. Complete online application to apply

Eligibility

  • UIC campus endorsed program
  • Good standing in the Honors College
  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Minimum 3.4 GPA
Application Deadline: Mid - March for summer and fall programs ; Mid - October for Spring programs

Judy Curry Award
$900 for Fall
This scholarship, named after retired Deputy Associate Chancellor and former Professor of Communication at UIC, is awarded to a UIC undergraduate or graduate student for a fall semester overseas academic project or study abroad (preference for project/study related to China / U.S.).

Eligibility

  • Participation on a Study Abroad Office affiliated program
  • Minimum 3.2 GPA
Application Deadline: Mid - March for fall programs

Ikenberry Scholarship
$1000 for Fall
This scholarship, named after the former president of the University of Illinois, is awarded annually to an undergraduate student pursuing a UIC Study Abroad Office approved semester-long program.

Eligibility

  • Participation on a Study Abroad Office affiliated program
  • Minimum 3.2 GPA
  • Demonstrated leadership ability
Application Deadline: Mid - March for fall programs

AANAPISI Study Abroad Scholarship
Up to $2,000
Through generous support from a grant issued through the U.S. Department of Education's Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution program, the AANAPI Study Abroad Scholarship Fund was established in Fall 2010 to support traditionally under-represented UIC undergraduate students in studying abroad on the UIC Faculty led Japan and London's Black and South Asian Communities summer programs.

Eligibility

  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Self-identification as an Asian American or Native American Pacific Islander
  • Be participating on the UIC faculty led program to Tokyo, Japan. "Cross Currents of American and Japanese Cultures" and London, UK "Black and South Asian Communities : Policies, Culture & History"
Application Deadline: Mid - March for summer programs

Oaxaca Study Abroad Award
up to $200
Through generous support from UIC Associate Professor of Spanish and Director of Spanish for Heritage Speakers, Kim Potowski, the Oaxaca Study Abroad Award Fund was established in Fall 2011 to support students who are accepted into the Oaxaca study abroad program.  Five (5) awards of $200 are available for Summer.

Eligibility

  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Must be eligible for Spanish 114 and applying for admission into the UIC summer study abroad program: Spanish Language and Culture for Bilingual Speakers in Oaxaca, Mexico
Application Deadline: Mid - March for summer programs

UIC-CIEE GAIN Summer Award
$1000 for summer
Through generous support from the Council on International Educational Exchange this fund was established to support traditionally under-represented students studying abroad.Preference will be given to applicants who are able to demonstrate financial need and/or those who can best demonstrate how they have overcome barriers in order to participate in study abroad.

Eligibility

  • Participation on a CIEE program
  • Self-identify as an under-represented student
Application Deadline: Mid - March for summer programs

Italy Study Abroad Award Fund
up to $1000
The Italy Study Abroad Award Fund was established to support students who are accepted into the Study Abroad office approved program in Italy. Awards up to $1,000 are available for Summer and Fall 2014 semesters.

Eligibility

  • Be accepted into the Study Abroad office approved program in Italy;  
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA;
  • Preference will be given to Italian minors;
  • Some preference will be given to students who can demonstrate financial need;
  • Must be an undergraduate student in good academic standing;
Application Deadline: Mid - March for summer/fall programs

Luca Bonomi Study Abroad Award
€250
The Luca Bonomi Award is made possible by a generous personal gift from Dr. Luca Bonomi, President of Siena's Dante Alighieri Society. The award offers one €250 (approximately $330) scholarship for the Summer term.

Eligibility

  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Preference will be given to Italian minors
  • Must be applying for admission into the UIC summer study abroad program: Italian Language and Culture in Siena, Italy
Application Deadline: Mid - March for summer programs

Dante Alighieri Study Abroad Award
$500 for summer
The Dante Alighieri Society Award is made possible by a generous gift from the Dante Alighieri Society. The award offers one $500 scholarship for Summer term.

Eligibility

  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Preference will be given to Italian minors
  • Must be applying for admission into the UIC summer study abroad program: Italian Language and Culture in Siena, Italy
  • A minimum of 15 students must participate on the program
Application Deadline: Mid - March for summer programs

Stefan and Lucy Hejna Family Foundation Scholarship
Up to $1,000 for Summer
Through generous support from a grant issued through Stefan and Lucy Hejna Family Foundation, this scholarship offers awards of up to$1,000 for the Summer term. The award must be used towards the Central European Modernity study abroad program.

Eligibility

  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Preference will be given to students with Polish or History majors/minors.
  • Students must be accepted into the UIC program "Central European Modernity" in Krakow, Poland during the Summer.
Application Deadline: Mid - March for summer programs

UIC-ACT Scholarship
$1,000
Through generous support from the American College Of Thessaloniki, the UIC-ACT fotScholarship was established in Spring 2013 to support students at public institutions in studying abroad.  The award offers five (5) scholarships of $1,000 for the Fall or Spring semester at ACT.

Eligibility

  • Acceptance into the American College Of Thessaloniki during the Fall or Spring semester
Application Deadline: Mid March for Fall programs ; Mid - October for Spring programs

*Accessible Frontiers Scholarships are only available to UIC students. 

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