Scholarships and Grants
office of international programs
A variety of Boston College, national, and international scholarship and grant opportunities are availible to help eligible students study abroad.
Students have the opportunity to schedule an appointment with a scholarships advisor. To prepare for the meeting, it is necessary to review the scholarships listed below and come prepared with specific questions.
If you are a Montserrat student, you are encouraged to meet with the Montserrat Advisor after your initial meeting at Hovey House. You can schedule an appointment online.
Students interested in pursuing the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship or the National Security Education Program (NSEP) David L. Boren Scholarship we require to meet with the campus coordinator for these awards, Christina Hatzipetros. Please come to your appointment prepared with draft application essays.
Discover additional opportunities and guidance through the University Fellowships Committee, or come into our Hovey House Resource Room to look at The Ultimate Scholarships Book for more scholarships ideas.
Yes, you are encouraged to apply for all scholarships you are eligible for.
Depending on your individual need-based aid, receiving one or two awards in the $500-1,000 range will likely not affect your financial aid. However, if you recieve awards in the $500-1500 range, for example, the Boren, or several mid-range awards, your BC financial aid may be reduced. We recommend that you check with your financial aid advisor if you have questions about this and other topics related to your individual need-based aid.
There are several scholarships that are specific to locations—for example, the BUTEX scholarship for study in the UK, Bridging Scholarship for study in Japan or the DAAD Undergraduate Scholarship for study in Germany.
There are also several opportunities for critical need languages—for example, Critical Language Scholarships are available for extensive language studying during the summer, and Boren Awards are also available for extensive language study during the academic year and in the summer for STEM students only. Gilman Scholarship applicants can be considered for a Critical Need Language Award supplement. The Fund for Education Abroad and Freeman-Asia programs strongly encourage candidates who will be studying the host country language.
Most scholarship programs have a demonstrated need eligibility requirement; however, there are some merit scholarships, which welcome a wide pool of candidates.
If you chose to go on an external program, your Boston College institutional aid will not transfer over for that semester. However, you will still be able to use Federal or State aid that you receive.
Check for need-based or merit scholarships through your program provider.
This varies depending on the scholarship. For the majority of programs, students need to apply well before they are accepted to the program; a select few require proof of acceptance to a program. Be sure to pay close attention to scholarship deadlines and eligibility requirements posted. Most scholarship applications are due a semester or full year in advance of program start dates. Some require even further planning.
In most cases, if you receive a scholarship once, you will not be eligible to receive it again. For example, if you receive the McGillycuddy-Logue Travel Grant for summer study abroad, you will not be eligible to receive it again for a semester later on, and vice versa.
No - The McGillycuddy-Logue Fellows Program provides a unique opportunity for Boston College students to critically engage with concepts of community service and social justice during their time at BC. Through international service experiences paired with group reflection and coursework, students gain a more informed vision of their role in the world, both locally and globally; while the McGillycuddy-Logue Travel Grant is a monetary grant available to BC undergraduate students who plan to study on BC summer, semester, or year programs abroad.
Yes, The Benjamin Gilman program now accepts applications for internship (you must be a recipient of the Federal Pell Grant to apply for Gilman). Additionally, there is the Eagle Intern Fellowship Program, which provides financial support to BC undergraduates who obtain unpaid internships. The McGillycuddy-Logue Travel Grant also supports BC summer internships abroad. The Advanced Study Grants at Boston College will also review summer internship proposals.
This varies by scholarship program. The McGillycuddy-Logue Travel Grant will be credited to your student account given it is a BC grant. Most external- national competition scholarships will be paid by check sent directly to the student. It is required that students report all external scholarships and grants to Student Services. OIP will communicate information received to student services on behalf of students.
Many scholarships tend to promote non-traditional study abroad programs. Therefore, studying in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America, may help increase your chances of submitting a competitive application.
Yes, students are encouraged to meet with the scholarship advisor for questions and assistance with applications. Additionally, students are required to meet with Christina Hatzipetros for the Gilman and Boren scholarships, where a formal certification process is required. We will review essays for most but not all scholarships to offer strategy tips and feedback.
1. Start working on your applications as early as possible
2. Be aware of all upcoming deadlines
3. Give faculty adequate notice to provide references if needed
4. Make sure someone else proofreads essays before they are submitted
5. Reflect closely on academic goals and future career goals. Be intentional in choosing the right study abroad program that meets your goals.