Rainbow Scholarship

This scholarship will be awarded to a deserving LGBTQI student who aims to participate in a high-quality, rigorous education abroad program. Applicants must meet general FEA scholarship eligibility requirements & preferences. Students interested in being considered for this annual scholarship should indicate this through their application forms.

Deadline: Check the Fund for Education Abroad website for application details.

Funding Amount: up to $10,000

Number of Scholarships Awarded: up to 15

Eligibility Requirements:
Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents currently enrolled as undergraduates in US universities/colleges who plan to study abroad for at least four weeks between May 2014 and May 2015. Fund for Education Abroad awards are intended to support students planning to participate in high-quality, rigorous education abroad programs in the 2014-2015 academic year or summer 2014. The financial support for these scholarships is provided by generous donors, who are committed to increasing study abroad opportunities for dedicated American students.

Applicants must meet the eligibility requirements listed above in addition to any requirements specific to the dedicated scholarship.

DONATE to the Rainbow Scholarship Fund

This scholarship is made possible by the generous support of a group of international education professionals who are committed to advocating on behalf of LGBTQI students. These professionals counsel international and study abroad LGBTQI students and support their LGBTQI colleagues in the field. Many of these educators have come together through groups created with the support of NAFSA and the Forum for Education Abroad.

Please make sure to select “Rainbow Scholarship Fund” in the Program Designation section of the Donation form.

Thank you – Rainbow Giving Day!

A $10,000 dollar day! – The NAFSA Rainbow SIG in coordination with the Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) has reached and exceeded its goal of raising $5,000 to help send a deserving LGBTQ college student on a life-changing study abroad experience.  A full 28 days before the end-of-year deadline, the result of the Rainbow SIG’s fundraising efforts, including the ‘Rainbow Giving Day,’ was a final tally well over $10,000 – enough to offer two scholarships for the 2014 award cycle.  This is a first for the Rainbow SIG!!

“It’s great. It’s incredible,” said Rainbow SIG co-Chair Brita Doyle. “I’m so impressed with what this community can do when they pull together.”

The ‘Rainbow Day of Giving’ was championed by Rainbow SIG members Brita Doyle and George Kacenga both co-Chairs, along with  Andrew Coleman, Wendy Gaudin, and Fund for Education Abroad Executive Director, Kate McPhail.  FEA’s Rainbow Scholarship was founded in memory of Dave Burkhart, a man who never earned a college degree but who greatly admired the courage of the earnest international students.  The Rainbow Scholarship’s success this year is the culmination of a lot of work and support by NAFSA members around the world who support the values behind international education experiences.