BYU faculty are key to the Global Opportunity Scholarship process. You are program gatekeepers and the ones who can best identify students with financial need that are best qualified to participate in your program.
Ensure Student Eligibility
Before you nominate a student, be sure this is their first academic experience abroad. Funding is only available for approved BYU International Study Programs. Also, students should do everything they can to secure funding first, including contacting family and friends, creating a financial plan/budget, and completing their (FAFSA) Federal Financial Aid Score. All of this information will be reviewed with them in a personal interview to ensure financial eligibility.
What is the purpose of this scholarship?
The purpose of the scholarship is to provide just enough funding assistance and an opportunity for students who, after doing all they can do for themselves, need a little more help to have an educational experience abroad. We call it the “scholarship of last resort.”
How many students have received this new award?
Since 2015, there have been 228 recipients.
Can I nominate more than one student?
Generally, we only consider one student per program during each semester or term.
How many awards do you give out each semester?
All scholarship funding is currently dependent upon fund-raising efforts. The number of scholarships awarded will vary each semester depending on how much money is raised. Check the deadlines below to be sure your nomination is considered for the correct semester.
What does the ideal student look like?
Someone who you, the professor deems qualified, but who never thought they could participate in the program because of financial restraints. Please be sure to have an open and frank conversation with the student about their financial situation prior to nominating them.
What if the student doesn’t need to receive the full $5,000?
We adjust each scholarship based on the varying cost per study abroad, internship, field school, or direct enrollment program and their unique situation. By being prudent and strategic with our limited resources—while expecting students to secure as much funding as they can for themselves—we will assist more students from across campus.
Monday, 7 December—Application opens
Friday, 5 March—Application closes
Friday, 9 April—Final decision and announcements to students
Thursday, 15 April—Orientation
Friday, 30 April—Deposit scholarship into student account (once survey completed)
Monday, 21 June—Application opens
Friday, 16 July—Application closes
Friday, 23 July—Final decision and announcements to students
Friday, 6 August—Orientation
Friday, 13 August—Deposit scholarship into student account (once survey completed)
Monday, 9 August—Application opens
Friday, 15 October—Application closes
Friday, 29 October—Final decision and announcements to students
Thursday, 11 November—Orientation
Friday, 26 November—Deposit scholarship into student account (once survey completed)
Monday, 6 December—Application opens
Friday, 21 January—Application closes
Friday, 18 February—Final decision and announcements to students
Thursday, 3 March—Orientation
Wednesday, 23 March—Deposit scholarship into student account (once survey completed)
How to Nominate a Student
Complete this simple nomination form on behalf of the student, which will be submitted to the Kennedy Center.