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Scholarships & Awards

Below is information about funding possibilities through Moravian University, Moravian affiliates, state, and federal agencies.

All scholarships and grants listed below are only available for individuals who are Moravian students at the time of travel.

Moravian University offers several scholarships for students who study or intern abroad in approved programs. For questions about the funding opportunities through Moravian University, please contact the Center for Global Education at


  • Students must be full-time baccalaureate degree candidates in good standing upon time of travel. 
    • Academic (at least a 2.7GPA)
    • Disciplinary, as identified by the Office of Student Affairs
    • Financial, defined as follows: student’s account reflects current charges, authorized financial aid, and zero net balance owed to the institution. Students with unresolved financial obligations (at the time the student applies for study abroad), including missing financial aid documentation, are ineligible for scholarship consideration.
  • A completed study abroad profile (through the Center for Global Education's online profile portal) by the deadline indicated below
  • Students must attend an approved program abroad. 
  • Students who graduate prior to travel are not eligible for MU scholarships.


Annual award cycle:

  • Spring & Summer Travel: The application opens on the day of the Study Abroad Fair and closes on November 15.
  • Fall Travel: The application opens on the day of the Global Greyhound Fair in April and closes on May 15.

Awards notifications are sent on the last day of finals.


The Engels Scholarship

The Engels Scholarships will be awarded by first selecting individuals with the greatest potential for academic and personal success in a study abroad program from students who have applied through the Center for Global Education's online application portal. Selection may be based on such factors as grade point average, faculty recommendations, and essays from applying students on their study abroad goals. In turn, the Office of Financial Aid Services will thoroughly evaluate the financial need of qualified students. Finally, based on careful consideration of merit and need, the Engels Scholarships will be awarded in varying, appropriate amounts to four or more deserving students.


  • CGE forwards qualifying names to the Office of Financial Aid Services (FAS).
  • Based on financial need as assessed by FAS, students will be awarded funds, amounts determined by fund availability and number of successful applications.

Apply for The Engels Scholarship here


Alexander, Elizabeth & Joann Trotsky Study Abroad Endowed Scholarship Fund

The purpose of this fund is to provide scholarship awards to one or more deserving undergraduate students who will participate in study abroad opportunities offered by the University throughout the calendar year including, but not limited to, funding opportunities for students who will participate in research projects, service learning projects, internships, or other individually designed projects or programs while studying abroad. Conditions of the fund: "to be used for a student or students with demonstrated need and a good academic record who will study abroad at any given point throughout the calendar year."


  • Funds can be awarded for any approved learning experience abroad, including faculty-led travel
  • Applicants must submit an essay relating their experience abroad to their future career objectives
  • Eligibility for funds based on financial need will be determined by FAS.
  • CGE will make final award determination.

Apply for the Alexander, Elizabeth & Joann Trotsky Study Abroad Endowed Scholarship Fund here


Donald N. Diehl Study Abroad Scholarship Fund

Scholarship funds will be distributed on an equal basis among the approved study abroad students. Application should include recommendation from the student's department or advisor.


  • Students must apply to their program abroad through the Center for Global Education's online application portal. The online application includes essays.
  • Students must submit a letter of recommendation from a professor or major advisor that speaks to the student’s potential for academic success.
  • Successful awardees will receive $350 per unit of coursework done abroad. For example, a student recipient earning 4 units of credit during a semester-long program will receive $1,400. A recipient on a 1-unit May term program will receive $350.

Apply for the Donald N. Diehl Study Abroad Scholarship Fund here.


Czech Republic Study Abroad Fund

This fund is designated for Moravian undergraduate students (or recent graduates) who wish to pursue international studies opportunities in the Czech Republic.

  • A Moravian student must study in the Czech Republic one of three ways:
    • Palacky University (in Olomouc) -- one semester abroad
    • Palacky University (in Olomouc) -- 5-week summer class
    • Another opportunity through a third party provider
  • The student must study in the Czech Republic for at least 4 weeks.
  • The award amount is $500 to be used at the student's discretion. Awards will be funded until the funds are depleted. 
  • GPA requirement is a 2.7 - Selection is based on grade point average and essays submitted during the application process.

Upon return from the study abroad experience in the Czech Republic, award recipients will be expected to help promote study abroad in the Czech Republic. This can be done through classroom visits, poster presentations, and/or at the education abroad fairs. Student recipients will meet with Center for Global Education Staff upon their return to discuss and agree upon options.

Apply for the Czech Republic Study Abroad Fund here.


Cohen Scholarship Fund

This fund is designated for Moravian undergraduate students who wish to pursue international studies opportunities during May or summer terms.


  • Students must apply to their program abroad through the Center for Global Education's AMOS Travel Portal. The online application includes an essay.

Apply for the Cohen Scholarship Fund here.


The Fab MAB Pass-It On Award

This service outreach award will be given annually to fund a project that is aimed at diminishing health disparities among at-risk individuals or populations, living within the local Lehigh Valley community, the United States, or a developing nation. For a full overview and to view the criteria for this award, please read the Award Governing Statement. Please note: The deadline for proposals for this award is December 1st. 

Athena Study Abroad 

Affiliate Grant

All accepted Moravian students will receive $500 off Athena Study Abroad semester programs and $200 off Athena Study Abroad short-term programs (3+ weeks long)


CAPA The Global Education Network

Distinguished Affiliate Grant 

All accepted Moravian students will receive $1,200 towards any CAPA semester program.


CIEE Global Institute programs

For the following CIEE Grants, students must begin at CIEE application by TBA.


Latin America Global Scholars

Three $8,000 grants for students who meet the following guidelines:

  • Enroll in our open campus program for three blocks, with at least two of the three blocks in Latin America – locations include Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, and Santiago, Chile
  • Students may stay in a single Latin American location for all three blocks

Nelson Mandela Global Scholars

Two $8,000 grants for students who meet the following guidelines:

  • Enroll in our open campus program for three blocks, with at least one of the blocks in Cape Town
  • For the additional block locations, the student may choose from any of our other nine open campus locations

CIEE Open Campus Grants

Five grants for semester students who meet the following guidelines:

  • Students must start an application for a 3-block semester to be eligible
  • Students who attend one Global Institute location receive a $4,000 grant
  • Students who attend two or three Global Institute locations receive a $6,000 grant


CPI Spanish Immersion School (Costa Rica)

One Jonle Sedar CPI Spanish Immersion School Study Abroad Experience Award per year for study at CPI Monteverde campus. Students:

  • Must be in good academic standing
  • Will receive funding for tuition, homestay, and transportation to/from San Jose to Monteverde
  • Need to apply through the Center for Global Education

This is for a two-week period of study, either during winter break or over the summer. Students may elect to stay longer at their own expense.



Affiliate Discount

All accepted Moravian students will receive $200 off of ISA programs. 


KEI (All Programs):

  • Semester long programs: $1,000 discount
  • Summer programs: $500 discount

Middlebury Language Schools:

The Cason Scholarship Award is in memory of Jeffrey W. Cason who served as Dean of International Programs at Middlebury College for nine years. This scholarship is in recognition of his lifelong passion for international teaching, learning, and study abroad. A limited number of students from colleges and universities other than Middlebury will be granted scholarships of $3,000 every semester. 


  • Students must be enrolled in an undergraduate degree program at a U.S. college or university other than Middlebury College.
  • To be considered, students must be accepted by one of the Schools Abroad and meet all additional application requirements.
  • Preference will be given to students whose home institution’s financial aid is not transferrable.

Scholarship Application Deadlines:
Fall and Academic Year Programs:               March 1
Spring Programs:                                          September 25

Applicants will be notified about award status by March 15 (fall) and October 15 (spring).

Many of Moravian's providers offer scholarships and discounts to Moravian students. Please check the individual program pages for details. Other scholarships are available for undergraduate students to study abroad including:

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program
The Gilman Scholarship Program is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide. Students participating in faculty-led programs that have at least 21 days in-country may apply for this scholarship program.  
Application deadline: Usually early October for summer and academic year awards

Boren Awards
The Boren Scholarship, an initiative of the National Security Education Program, provides unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The scholarship provides up to $20,000 for a year-long program, $10,000 for a semester long program and $8,000 for STEM majors to participate in a summer program.
Application Deadline: Usually early February for summer and academic year awards

CLS The Critical Language Scholarship Program
The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a fully funded summer overseas language and cultural immersion program for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students. CLS is a program of the U.S. Department of State.
Application Deadline: Usually early November for summer awards

Fund for Education Abroad 
The Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) provides scholarships to students underrepresented in study abroad, including first-generation college students and minority students. FEA scholarships are open to US citizens or permanent residents who are enrolled as an undergraduate and participate in a for-credit study abroad program that spends at least 4 weeks (28 days) abroad. FEA awards scholarships of up to:

  • $10,000 for a year-long program
  • $5,000 for a semester-long program
  • Awards based on the number of weeks spent abroad during the summer with a minimum award of $1,250

Students participating in programs through one of FEA's Access Partners are encouraged to apply. Access partners include AIFS Study Abroad, CAPA The Global Education Network, CIEE, The Institute for Study Abroad (IFSA-Butler), SIT Study Abroad, and others. 
Application Deadline: Usually early September for the Spring semester and early November for the summer, fall, and academic year awards

Project Global Officer (GO)
Project GO is a Department of Defense initiative aimed at improving the language skills, regional expertise, and intercultural communication skills of future military officers. Current ROTC cadets at Moravian studying Arabic, Chinese, or Russian are eligible for intensive summer language study scholarships.
Application Deadline: February 1st for summer awards

St. Andrew's Society of Philadelphia

The Scholarship program of the St. Andrew’s Society of Philadelphia (SASP) is designed to foster better understanding and relations between the United States and Scotland through the exchange. Each year, SASP provides funds to send a small group of American students to attend a full year at one of the “Four Ancients,” or the Scottish equivalent of the Ivy League: the Universities of Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, and St. Andrew’s. These U.S. scholars are chosen from a pool of applicants nominated by 30 participating colleges and universities in the Philadelphia area, including Moravian University.  

The current amount of each scholarship is $25,000. This amount increases from time to time as funds and circumstances allow. Moravian students accepted on this program will also receive $20,000 for the academic year towards tuition costs.

All scholars must spend an entire academic year in Scotland. Unlike “semester abroad” or other short-term foreign study programs, this allows Scholars to truly experience and appreciate the culture, history, and character of Scotland; to fully immerse themselves in the academic and social life at their chosen University, and to make life-long friends from Scotland and around the world. It takes a particularly courageous person to embark on such an adventure, but over 50 years of experience and hundreds of returned Scholars have taught us that the rewards are commensurately great.

All applicants for a St. Andrew’s Society of Philadelphia scholarship must be:

  • United States citizens
  • Enrolled full-time at Moravian University
  • Ranked in the top 25% of their class academically
  • Nominated by the Director of Global Programs & Initiatives
  • Willing to spend an entire academic year at any one of the four Scottish universities
  • Willing to attend a meeting of the Society in May prior to departure to be introduced as Scholars, and in October after their return from Scotland to describe their experiences

For more information, contact the Center for Global Education

How can I use financial aid to study abroad? 

  • Semester-Long Programs: Your financial aid award for the fall/spring can be used towards your Moravian tuition bill. If you have a balance after your aid is applied, you have the option of borrowing a loan to cover the remainder of your Moravian tuition and study abroad expenses. Moravian University then pays up to $10,000 towards educational costs for your program abroad. 
  • May Term Faculty-Led Programs: Please visit the Scholarships & Awards through Moravian University section above to view scholarship opportunities for May term travel courses. You also have the option of applying for a private alternative loan to cover the cost of this trip. Click here to view our preferred list of lenders.

  • Summer Programs: If you are enrolled at least half-time during the summer (minimum of 1.5 units), please contact your Financial Aid Advisor to schedule an appointment to review your options. Your standard financial aid award (fall/spring) may not be used towards your summer costs.

Do I have to pay tuition at Moravian University if I will be studying abroad for the semester?

Yes. To maintain full-time student status at Moravian University while you are away, this is the policy that is in place. Moravian University then pays up to $10,000 towards educational costs for your semester-long program abroad. 

How do I know my out-of-pocket costs for a semester abroad?

After deciding on your program, you will fill out a study abroad cost analysis worksheet with both the Center for Global Education and the Office of Financial Aid Services to determine the exact cost of your semester abroad. This form takes into account tuition, program fees, financial aid, scholarships, and other expenses. 

Will I receive my loan refund before my study abroad program begins? 

This information will be reviewed during your scheduled meeting with your Financial Aid Advisor prior to your trip. Be sure to inform your advisor that you are planning on borrowing a loan to cover your expenses. If you have any unresolved financial aid issues or missing documents, these will need to be resolved before your departure for your abroad trip.

What happens if I don’t like being abroad and decide to return back home to finish the semester? 

If you decide not to attend your program abroad or, if while abroad you decide to return home, please first inform your program provider or exchange partner abroad as well as the Center for Global Education ( The Center for Global Education will work with you, the Registrar, Office of Financial Aid Services, Student Accounts, and others as needed. There may be financial implications for withdrawal from a program within a certain period of time. 

Where do I send payment for my study abroad program?

All programs differ. Please contact to discuss payments.

Who can I talk to about financial aid and study abroad? 

You can meet with a financial aid advisor to discuss the details of your financial aid and study abroad plans. Please email to set up an appointment. 

Where can I learn about study abroad scholarships? 

Please see the information on scholarships on this page or contact the Center for Global Education at

When will I receive my study abroad scholarship?

Moravian’s study abroad scholarships are typically disbursed to your student account at the beginning of the term in which you study abroad.