Saturday, November 5, 2016


USF Education Abroad Administered Scholarships
ATTENTION: The SPRING 2017 Education Abroad scholarship application cycle is: Tuesday, November 1st - Wednesday, November 23, 2016. All scholarship applications must be submitted through USF’s STARS (Scholarship Tracking & Review System) website. Scholarship applications will no longer be accepted through the Education Abroad’s system. The deadline to apply for the Spring 2017 Education Abroad Administered Scholarships is November 23, 2016 at 11:59:59PM.

The deadlines to apply for Education Abroad Scholarships in STARS are listed by application cycle in the table below. Please apply for the scholarship cycle that corresponds to the semester of your education abroad program.

Cycle STARS Start Date STARS Deadline
Spring 2017  Nov. 1, 2016  Nov. 23, 2016
Summer 2017  Dec. 12 2016  Feb. 15, 2017
Fall 2017  Apr. 15, 2017  Jun. 1, 2017

The scholarships below are administered by the USF Education Abroad Office. While none of these scholarships are intended to pay for an entire program, they are meant to aid our students in covering some of the costs associated with international study.

In order to be considered for a scholarship, students must have:

1) Completed the Education Abroad scholarship application(s) in STARS,
2) Committed to their program of choice,
3) Paid their required program deposit

Scholarship FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions

How to Apply
STARS re-opens for student access beginning Tuesday, November 1, 2016. Log in to STARS using your USF NetID and password:

Follow steps to complete the Scholarship Application Wizard:
Personal Information
Opening Questionnaire
Academic Information
Attach Documents* Please attach the REQUIRED materials below:
Education Abroad Scholarships Signature Document
Statement of Intent
Unofficial Transcript
Statement of Financial Need
Cost Estimate Form* (REQUIRED for Non-USF programs)
Letter of Recommendation (NOT required for Education Abroad Scholarships)
Recommended Scholarships: at this stage you will receive a list of scholarships that you have the recommended criteria for according to the answers you provided.

Apply for any Education Abroad scholarship from your list of “Recommended Scholarships” to use towards your study abroad experience, including:
Ellsworth G. Simmons Scholarship for International Leadership- Study Abroad Only
Genshaft/Greenbaum Passport Scholarship Endowed Fund-Study Abroad Only
Joan Newcomb Scholarship- Study Abroad Only
Mark and Kay Orr International Affairs Scholarship- Study Abroad Only
USF Education Abroad Scholarship Fund- Study Abroad Only
USF Federal Credit Union Passport Scholarship Endowed Fund- Study Abroad Only

NOTE: you may be eligible for other scholarships through STARS but only the above mentioned scholarships are administered through the Education Abroad Office.

Submit your Spring 2017 Education Abroad scholarship application(s) by the scholarship deadline, November 23, 2016 at 11:59:59 PM.

You may monitor the status of your scholarship applications in the “Recommended Scholarships” section in STARS.
Complete Your Program Application Requirements by November 23, 2016 11:59:59 PM:
Commit to a program and,
Pay the program deposit.
All Spring 2017 Education Abroad Scholarship Applicants will receive their award decision by December 9, 2016.

If you have questions about STARS: A simple guide can be found here. For additional help please contact the USF Financial Aid Office at (813) 974-4700 or your Financial Aid Advisor.

If you have any questions about Education Abroad administered scholarships: please contact Kate Ledford,

Genshaft/Greenbaum Passport Scholarship Endowed Fund

Genshaft/Greenbaum Passport Scholarships aim to expose USF students to the world by providing access to a diverse array of research and education abroad opportunities, including but not limited to semester exchanges, dual degree programs, summer and short term programs, international internships and service learning opportunities.

Passport Scholarships were created by a $1 million endowment from USF President Judy Genshaft and her husband, Steven Greenbaum. Students receiving this scholarship will be known as Genshaft/Greenbaum Passport Scholars.  Scholarship amounts will be $5,000 to $2,500 per person.

Scholarship Criteria:
Full or part-time student
Any academic level
Any USF campus
Any major
US citizen
First-time study abroad

Merit and financial need may be taken into consideration.

For more information, read the full story:

Ellsworth G. Simmons Scholarship for International Leadership
Recipients will be full-time USF degree-seeking students.  Applicants must have an interest in international business and demonstrate leadership and community service involvement. Scholarships are awarded for Fall and Spring semesters and summer term. A maximum of $6,000 may be awarded annually.
Scholarship Criteria:

For USF continuing undergraduate, graduate, transfer students
Available to all majors
US Citizen or International Student eligible
Minimum 3.4 GPA for currently enrolled USF students; 3.5 minimum GPA for new transfer students
Financial need considered but not the sole determining factor in choosing recipients
USF Tampa campus only
Applicants should be residents of Florida; preference to Hillsborough County residents

Joan Newcomb Study Abroad Scholarships
Special Requirements: For USF International Studies majors/minors only.  Scholarships are awarded fall & spring semesters and summer term. Applicants are not guaranteed funding. Award amounts are determined by the quality of the application and available funds, but are generally in the amounts of $500-$750. Applicants must have been accepted into their program of study and paid the required deposit to assure program participation. Study abroad duration must be three weeks or longer. Additional consideration given to students who balance academics, community service and employment.

Scholarship Criteria:

For continuing undergraduate, graduate, transfer students
Major-International Studies only
US Citizen or International Student eligible
Minimum GPA is 2.5
Financial need considered but not a deciding factor
USF Tampa campus only

Mark and Kay Orr International Affairs Study Abroad Scholarship
Special Requirements:  For semester or academic year study abroad only.  Award amounts are $1000 minimum.  Recipients will have completed one semester at USF at the time of application.  Preference given to study in non-traditional locations  Scholarship applicants must have applied to their program of study.

Scholarship Criteria:

For continuing undergraduate, graduate, transfer students
Available to all majors
US Citizen or International Student eligible
Minimum GPA is 2.5
Financial need considered but not a deciding factor

Mark Orr Japanese Study Scholarship
The purpose of this fund is to encourage USF students in the study of Japan in all its aspects at Japanese University, School or College.

USF Federal Credit Union Passport Scholarship Endowed Fund
USF Federal Credit Union Passport Scholarships aim to help USF students be exposed to the world by providing access to a diverse array of research and education abroad opportunities, including but not limited to semester exchanges, dual degree programs, summer and short term programs, international internships, and service learning opportunities.

Scholarship Criteria:

For continuing undergraduate, graduate, or transfer students
Available to all majors
Restricted based on a combination of merit and financial need. USF has established GPA requirements for merit-based aid. USF uses the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine financial need.

USF Education Abroad Scholarship Fund
This scholarship fund is for subsidizing an education abroad experience for a student traveling internationally on a USF sponsored study abroad trip. Eligible students must demonstrate financial need as documented by the Free application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Other University Scholarships
USF College of Behavioral and Community Sciences

Please see:

USF College of Business Scholarship:

Please see:

Or contact Pavla Ozkul:

Another resource is the USF Financial Aid Services scholarship search engine; students may also want to refer to the scholarship name.

Financial Aid
Studying abroad does not need to be an expensive experience. Florida and federal financial aid may be used by students participating in USF-sponsored study abroad programs, and many study abroad scholarships exist as well.

Our office will liaison with the USF Office of Financial Aid, however, students are responsible for:

making an appointment to consult with a financial aid advisor to see what of their aid may apply
Students receiving financial aid and either exchanging for a semester or transferring credits should complete the USF Financial Aid, Education Abroad Certification Contract (SAE):Linked in the "forms" section of the Office of Financial Aid's Website above.  Please note, your main academic advisor must sign off on your intended course selection on part B. They are approving these courses to count towards your degree, not approving the equivalencies (this would already have been done in your course approval form).
Students completing the SAE must send confirmation of their enrollment from the foreign institution to the Financial Aid Office. Aid for semester exchanges and transfer credit will not be disbursed until after the confirmation of enrollment is processed and aid is disbursed on campus.
Listed below are some of the more popular college funding options and information regarding whether they apply to study abroad:

Florida Prepaid

Usually, students can use their Florida Prepaid funding to help offset the costs of studying abroad.  The total fee amount that Florida Prepaid will cover depends on several factors:

The number of credit hours the student will receive during his/her study abroad program
The rate that Florida Prepaid is paying per credit hour
The total dollar amount that has been accrued in the student's prepaid account
Students interested in using their prepaid funding to help pay the costs of studying abroad should email a statement to, expressing his/her wishes to use prepaid funding for this purpose. Education Abroad will partner with the USF Cashier's Office and Florida Prepaid to apply the funding for the student's study abroad trip. Within the term the student should receive a credit on his/her OASIS account for prepaid funding. Please be advised that Florida Prepaid only pays the rate per credit hour that would normally apply if the student were taking courses on-campus.