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Study Abroad Now – Travel Scholarships Guide for Latinas & Women of Color

Do you dream of studying abroad? Well the time is now! This Travel Scholarships Guide for Latinas & Women of Color was created with three words on mind: Educate, Empower and Explore. In the US, colleges & universities offer travel scholarships and financial aid for students to study abroad. Non University based scholarships have deadlines in March for summer and the following academic year. It is important as Latinas and Women of Color to keep ourselves informed and know what opportunities we have available.

The best way to find Travel Scholarships for study abroad opportunities is by not only researching online for scholarships and financial assistance, but by visiting the Scholarships office at your college. A scholarship, changed our founder Olga Maria’s life and inspired her full-time travel career. I hope that traveling can also inspire your lives. Go abroad – Travel and Study! It will change you forever.


Here is a guide with some Travel Scholarships for Latinas & Women of Color studying abroad. This is an ongoing list. Message us if you know of any other opportunities.


Traveling Mercy

Traveling Mercy is a 501(c)(3) organization that facilitates international experiences for historically marginalized people. It was founded in 2017 by Alexis Coleman. In the increasingly globalized world, it is important not to forget about the historically marginalized. Traveling Mercy helps to foster self-awareness, interconnection, and peace through facilitating international experiences for historically marginalized groups.

Who are the historically marginalized? Well, often times we pigeon-hole ourselves into focusing on one group and we miss several others. Traveling Mercy does not focus on one group, or one form of marginalization. Through providing international experiences for people of color, women, the elderly, those of low socio-economic status, LGBT, formerly incarcerated, disabled and religious minorities, etc., Traveling Mercy believes we can leave the world better than we found it.
Through annual grants, Traveling Mercy partners with other organizations that plan and schedule trips. We fund raise to provide knowledge and resources that make international experiences possible for those who do not have access.


Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program

About Gilman International:

The U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship is a grant program that enables students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad, thereby gaining skills critical to our national security and economic competitiveness.

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.

Lucha Latina

A great support for Latina High School Seniors to pursue higher education, which push them towards a better future internationally.
About Lucha Latina:

Lucha Latina is an organization that prides itself on promoting the importance of having an education and pursing a higher, collegiate level degree. While it is understood that everyone comes from different socio-economic and cultural backgrounds, Lucha Latina also understands that encouragement goes a long way. With that being said, a scholarship portion was developed to help alleviate some stress that may accompany Latina high school seniors (and their families). Since the inaugural year, 11 women have been sponsored and have gone off to in-state universities, Ivy Leagues, and community colleges.

PINC International

Professional Immersions for Networking & Connections – Make Memories Abroad. Build Your Resume.

About PINC International:

PINC International designs and organizes internships & study abroad programs to Spain for young women in college. Our mission is to help bridge the gender gap by giving young women a competitive edge on their resume with international experience. PINC International programs provide language learning, cultural immersion, career development, and access to executives in various fields. PINC International is the only female-focused program in Spain and has been working with students from over 22+ universities across the United States since 2013.

Abroad with Disabilities

Dr. Natalia Gómez Passport Scholarship

This covers the cost of passports for students with disabilities that want to study abroad

The Dr. Natalia Gómez passport scholarship was established to empower persons with disabilities to go abroad and offset the cost of essential items. Individuals who have been accepted to volunteer, intern, do a gap year, or participate in a study abroad program are encouraged to consider applying. Dr. Gómez, a former faculty member at Grand Valley State University in Michigan motivated, inspired, and encouraged AWD founder, Juanita Lillie, to pursue her passions and follow her dreams which lead to the creation of Abroad With Disabilities in 2014. Dr. Gómez’s unwavering support, dedication, and guidance since inception are why she is the scholarship namesake.

HACU IES Abroad Scholarship

Open to students who are currently attending a Hispanic-Serving Institution that is a member of Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities.

Anyone can go from here to there. But for us, study abroad is about the journey we create—an exhilarating challenge of academic and cultural immersion, plus a whole lot of fun. Learn more about the IES Abroad Difference.

Diversity Abroad

Engage the world – Map your future

The Overseas Ambassador Program is a initiative created for currently students or recent graduates who are planning to study, intern, volunteer or teach abroad. The Overseas Ambassadors will serve as an overseas correspondent, sharing their experiences to motivate other members of the DiversityAbroad.com community to go abroad. By writing insightful articles, sharing inspiring videos and pictures about your new surroundings, cross-cultural observations and personal growth, your words will inspire other diverse students to go abroad and challenge them to rethink how study abroad experiences can be for everyone.

Rainbow Scholarship

The Rainbow Scholarship awards deserving lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) students who aim to participate in high-quality, rigorous education abroad programs. To be considered for the Rainbow Scholarship, applicants must self-identify on the Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) scholarship application.

Hostelling International USA – Explore the World Travel Scholarships

At HI USA, we think travel should be as much about making a difference in the world as it is about seeing it. That’s why we’ve created Explore the World Travel Scholarships. Recipients receive $2,000 to help finance their international trip that includes an educational or service component.

Study Abroad Scholarship for Students with Disabilities

Michigan State University

This scholarship recognizes recipients of the Study Abroad Quality Funds Scholarships for participation in an MSU study abroad program. The scholarship is funded by a grant from the MSU Quality Funds. The grant recognizes that few students with disabilities participate in study abroad programs or international travel, activities that lead to acquisition of important personal skills and knowledge resulting in a more competitive resume for a future job market. Students participating in the program who are selected to receive this scholarship will be awarded $2,000. While applicants to any MSU study abroad program are eligible to apply, priority is given to applicants who have been approved to participate in the Disability in a Diverse Society program.

Named in honor of David Porter, who has served on the IES Abroad Board of Directors since 1995, this scholarship is open to students of diverse cultural backgrounds who have been traditionally under-represented on study abroad programs. It is open to students who have been traditionally under-represented on study abroad programs. This group includes, but is not limited to, students identifying by a certain race, sex, color, religion, creed, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, age, marital status, national origin or ancestry, ethnic origin or veteran status.


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