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Top 24 Scholarships for Foreign Languages in September 2023

Written by Lisa Freedland

Lisa Freedland is a Scholarships360 writer with personal experience in psychological research and content writing. She has written content for an online fact-checking organization and has conducted research at the University of Southern California as well as the University of California, Irvine. Lisa graduated from the University of Southern California in Fall 2021 with a degree in Psychology.

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Updated: September 19th, 2023

Learning a foreign language is an exciting and rewarding experience that can open up a world of opportunities. Whether you are studying Spanish, Mandarin, Arabic, Italian, French, or another language, you’ll study topics such as grammar, linguistics, literature, and cultural studies. Studying a foreign language will allow you to gain skills in translation and interpretation and develop a global perspective and an appreciation for cultural diversity.

Foreign language study can lead to a number of exciting career pathways in industries including education, literature, government, international business, and travel and tourism. Keep on reading to learn more about the top scholarships available for students studying foreign languages.

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The Boren Awards
The Boren Awards

Offered by Boren Awards

Multiple awards worth up to $30,000
Deadline Jan 31, 2024

Are you an undergraduate or graduate student interested in studying abroad? If so, consider applying for the Boren Awards! The Boren Awards are open to…

Are you an undergraduate or graduate student interested in studying abroad? If so, consider applying for the Boren Awards! The Boren Awards are open to…

Are you an undergraduate or graduate student interested in studying abroad? If so, consider applying for the Boren Awards! The Boren Awards are open to postsecondary U.S. students interested in studying abroad in world regions critical to U.S. interests. While the Boren Scholarships are open to undergraduate students, the Boren Fellowships are open to graduate students. The Awards are named after David L. Boren, who felt that “the U.S. would work more and more through partnerships with other countries whose needs and perspectives needed to be more fully understood.” Today, the scholarship awards up to $25,000 to Boren Scholars and up to $30,000 to Boren Fellows. Depending on the program duration, focus on language in the preferred country, and field of study of the applicant, the funds and requirements will vary. Thus, we recommend checking out the website for more detailed information. If you are a postsecondary student passionate about studying in world regions critical to U.S. interests, we encourage you to apply! Bear in mind that the deadlines slightly differ for undergraduate and graduate students. Thus, we recommend checking the deadline before starting your application.

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Grade Level: College & Graduate Students

Citizenship: US Citizens

Academic Interest: Foreign Languages

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$10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship

Offered by Scholarships360

1 award worth $10,000
Deadline Jun 30, 2024

The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high…

The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high…

The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high school student who hopes to go to college, a graduate student who’s in a master’s program, or an adult learner who wants to return to school, you are eligible for our no essay scholarship. This scholarship will be awarded to students who get the most out of Scholarships360 scholarships and content. You will be a strong applicant if you apply to scholarships with the Scholarships360 platform. Finalists for this scholarship will be interviewed about their process for funding their education.

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Grade Level: All Grade Levels

Citizenship: US Citizens, Permanent Residents

Minimum GPA: No GPA requirement

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$2,000 Sallie Mae Scholarship
$2,000 Sallie Mae Scholarship

Offered by Sallie Mae

1 award worth $2,000
Deadline Sep 30, 2023

Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for…

Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for…

Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for school.

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Grade Level: HS Upperclassmen, College & Graduate Students

Citizenship: US Citizens, Permanent Residents, DACA

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$40,000 BigFuture Scholarships
$40,000 BigFuture Scholarships

Offered by The College Board

Multiple awards worth up to $40,000
Deadline Sep 30, 2023

Open to US-Based high school students in the classes of 2024 and 2025 — no essay, minimum GPA, test score, or citizenship requirements.

Open to US-Based high school students in the classes of 2024 and 2025 — no essay, minimum GPA, test score, or citizenship requirements.

Open to US-Based high school students in the classes of 2024 and 2025 — no essay, minimum GPA, test score, or citizenship requirements.

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Grade Level: High School Juniors & Seniors

Citizenship: US Citizens, Canadian Citizens, Permanent Residents, DACA

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$25k “Be Bold” No-Essay Scholarship
$25k “Be Bold” No-Essay Scholarship

Offered by Bold.org

1 award worth $25,000
Deadline Oct 1, 2023

Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

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Grade Level: All Grade Levels

Minimum GPA: No GPA requirement

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Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program
Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program

Offered by U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

3000 awards worth up to $5,000
Deadline Oct 5, 2023

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program is funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, a government branch that…

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program is funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, a government branch that…

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program is funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, a government branch that works to increase “mutual understanding by means of educational and cultural exchange that assist in the development of peaceful relations.” Each year, their Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program awards up to $5,000 to Pell Grant-eligible students at accredited U.S. universities who are applying or have been accepted to study abroad programs. If this scholarship sounds like a fit for you, keep on reading for more application details.

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Grade Level: College Students

Citizenship: US Citizens

Academic Interest: Foreign Languages

Other Category: Low Income

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AAUW’s International Fellowships
AAUW’s International Fellowships

Offered by American Association of University Women

Multiple awards worth $20,000 - $50,000
Deadline Nov 15, 2023

Are you a woman studying abroad to pursue a graduate or postdoctoral degree in the U.S.? If so, consider applying for the AAUW's International Fellowships!…

Are you a woman studying abroad to pursue a graduate or postdoctoral degree in the U.S.? If so, consider applying for the AAUW's International Fellowships!…

Are you a woman studying abroad to pursue a graduate or postdoctoral degree in the U.S.? If so, consider applying for the AAUW's International Fellowships! The fellowship is open to women pursuing full-time graduate or postdoctoral study in the U.S. who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Applicants should also intend to return to their home country after graduation to pursue a career and make a positive impact in their chosen field. This program is offered by the American Association of University Women, a non-profit organization that supports women through advocacy, education, and research. Since Marion Talbot founded it in 1880, AAUW has focused on breaking down barriers, equity, and trailblazing for women. If you want to be part of AAUW's impressive history and study abroad in the U.S., we encourage you to apply to AAUW's International Fellowships! Winning applicants can earn up to $50,000 to cover educational expenses, living expenses, childcare, and travel. 

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Grade Level: Graduate Students

Citizenship: Other

Academic Interest: Foreign Languages

Other Category: Women

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Blakemore Freeman Fellowship
Blakemore Freeman Fellowship

Offered by Blakemore Foundation

Multiple awards worth Full Program Costs
Deadline Dec 30, 2023

Are you a bachelor's degree holder pursuing a career that involves the use of an East or Southeast Asian language? If so, consider applying for…

Are you a bachelor's degree holder pursuing a career that involves the use of an East or Southeast Asian language? If so, consider applying for…

Are you a bachelor's degree holder pursuing a career that involves the use of an East or Southeast Asian language? If so, consider applying for the Blakemore Freeman Fellowship! The Blakemore Freeman Fellowship is open to college graduates pursuing a professional, business, or academic career that will require the regular use of East or Southeast Asian languages. Applicants should have already formally studied their target language for at least three years and be willing to partake in extensive language study during the term of the grant. The scholarship is offered by the Blakemore Foundation, a Washington-based charitable trust dedicated to encouraging the use of Asian languages and increasing the understanding of Asian art within the United States. Every year, the fellowship covers tuition, and awards a stipend for related educational expenses, and basic living and transportation costs for the language programs of each of the winning applicants. If you’re looking for some help to pay off your East or Southeast Asian language program, we encourage you to apply!

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Grade Level: Graduate Students

Citizenship: US Citizens, Permanent Residents

Academic Interest: Architecture, Journalism, Education, Engineering, Foreign Languages, Law, Math, Political Science, Business, Accounting

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Margaret Mcnamara US-Canada Program
Margaret Mcnamara US-Canada Program

Offered by Margaret Mcnamara Education Grants

Multiple awards worth up to $15,000
Deadline Jan 15, 2024

Are you an international, female student enrolled in a university in the U.S. or Canada pursuing a postsecondary education? If so, consider applying for the…

Are you an international, female student enrolled in a university in the U.S. or Canada pursuing a postsecondary education? If so, consider applying for the…

Are you an international, female student enrolled in a university in the U.S. or Canada pursuing a postsecondary education? If so, consider applying for the Margaret Mcnamara US-Canada Program! The program is open to women aged 25 and up who are nationals of a country on the MMEG eligibility list and are full-time students pursuing a certificate, undergraduate, graduate, or postdoc degree in the U.S. or Canada. The scholarship is offered by the Margaret Mcnamara Education Grant, a nonprofit public charity dedicated to awarding education grants to women from developing countries since 1981. Every year, they award $15,000 to help multiple, chosen applicants cover their educational costs. If you are a woman over 25 passionate about your education, we encourage you to apply! The application cycle runs from September 15 to January 15 of each year.

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Grade Level: College & Graduate Students

Citizenship: Other

Academic Interest: Foreign Languages

Other Category: Women

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National Latin Exam Scholarship
National Latin Exam Scholarship

Offered by ACL/NJCL National Latin Exam

20 awards worth $1,000
Deadline Feb 15, 2024

The National Latin Exam Scholarship is a prestigious award that is bestowed upon gold medal winners of the Advanced Latin Prose Exam, the Advanced Latin…

The National Latin Exam Scholarship is a prestigious award that is bestowed upon gold medal winners of the Advanced Latin Prose Exam, the Advanced Latin…

The National Latin Exam Scholarship is a prestigious award that is bestowed upon gold medal winners of the Advanced Latin Prose Exam, the Advanced Latin Poetry Exam, and the Advanced Latin Reading Comprehension Exam. Recipients of this scholarship must commit to enrolling in at least one course per semester of Latin or classical Greek during their first year of college. Please note that a course in classics translation will not fulfill this requirement. Apply now to take advantage of this incredible opportunity, and bonam fortunam!

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Grade Level: High School Seniors, College & Graduate Students

Academic Interest: Foreign Languages

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Project GO Scholarship
Project GO Scholarship

Offered by Project GO

Multiple awards worth Full Ride
Deadline Varies

Are you an ROTC student who wants to improve your language skills, regional expertise, and intercultural communication skills? If so, consider applying for the Project…

Are you an ROTC student who wants to improve your language skills, regional expertise, and intercultural communication skills? If so, consider applying for the Project…

Are you an ROTC student who wants to improve your language skills, regional expertise, and intercultural communication skills? If so, consider applying for the Project GO Scholarship! The Project GO Scholarship is open to ROTC (Reserve Officers' Training Corps) and PLC (Marine Platoon Leaders Class) students planning to improve their language skills, regional expertise, and intercultural communication skills. Applicants must also be willing to remain in ROTC or PLC for the duration of their program. The scholarship is sponsored by the Defense Language and National Security Education Office (DLNSEO), a branch of the U.S. Department of Defense that provides strategic direction, supports policy development, and provides oversight for the Military Departments and Defense Agencies on present and future requirements related to language, regional expertise, and culture. The DLNSEO also offers a portfolio of programs that provide language support for the Department. Recipients of the DLNSEO's Project GO Scholarship are awarded the full expenses to cover living costs and accommodations for their program. If you’re an ROTC or PLC member passionate about intercultural communication, we encourage you to apply!

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Grade Level: College & Graduate Students

Citizenship: US Citizens

Academic Interest: Foreign Languages

Other Category: ROTC

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Ibn Battuta Scholarship
Ibn Battuta Scholarship

Offered by Qalam Wa Lawh Center

Multiple awards worth Full Ride
Deadline Varies

Are you passionate about studying the Arabic language and the promotion of it as a foreign language? If so, you may be eligible for the…

Are you passionate about studying the Arabic language and the promotion of it as a foreign language? If so, you may be eligible for the…

Are you passionate about studying the Arabic language and the promotion of it as a foreign language? If so, you may be eligible for the Ibn Battuta Scholarship! The Ibn Battuta Scholarship is open to individuals who have studied the Arabic Language for at least four (4) university semesters and who are planning to enroll in one of the study abroad semester programs offered at the Qalam wa Lawh center in Rabat, Morocco. The scholarship is offered by Qalam Wa Lawh Center, Morocco's leading provider of Arabic language instruction to students and working professionals from around the world. To promote the study of Arabic, each semester, the scholarship awards five (5) full scholarships covering all tuition and housing costs and ten (10) partial scholarships covering only tuition for students for the duration of the program. If you’re passionate about the Arabic language and are looking for some help to pay off your study abroad plans, we encourage you to apply!

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Grade Level: College Upperclassmen & Graduate Students

Academic Interest: Foreign Languages

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Foreign Fulbright Student Program
Foreign Fulbright Student Program

Offered by U.S. Department of State

Multiple awards worth Varies
Deadline Varies

Are you an international student interested in studying and conducting research in the United States? If so, consider applying for the Foreign Fulbright Student Program!…

Are you an international student interested in studying and conducting research in the United States? If so, consider applying for the Foreign Fulbright Student Program!…

Are you an international student interested in studying and conducting research in the United States? If so, consider applying for the Foreign Fulbright Student Program! The program is open to young students, artists, and professionals from outside the U.S. looking to pursue their graduate degrees or conduct research at a university in the U.S. To find out if your country offers the program, check out this list of nations with FTLA programs. The program is jointly offered by the U.S. Department of State and Fulbright, an international educational exchange program that hopes to serve as a "catalyst for peace and an interconnected world". It offers international graduate students, young professionals, and artists opportunities to study, conduct research, or teach their native language in the U.S. through merit-based grants. If you are interested in studying, conducting research, or teaching in the U.S., we encourage you to apply!

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Grade Level: Graduate Students

Citizenship: Other

Academic Interest: Foreign Languages, Social Science

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Georges Lurcy Fellowships
Georges Lurcy Fellowships

Offered by Georges Lurcy Charitable and Educational Trust

Multiple awards worth $20,000
Deadline Varies

Are you a student in France interested in studying abroad in the U.S.? If so, consider applying for the Georges Lurcy Fellowships! These scholarships are…

Are you a student in France interested in studying abroad in the U.S.? If so, consider applying for the Georges Lurcy Fellowships! These scholarships are…

Are you a student in France interested in studying abroad in the U.S.? If so, consider applying for the Georges Lurcy Fellowships! These scholarships are open to French students wanting to study abroad at American universities for a year. The Georges Lurcy Charitable and Educational Trust have funded and awarded the scholarship since 2001 in an effort to promote teamwork between America and France and support the global education of students in both countries. The goal for students is to receive an education in the field of their choice (and how it pertains to the United States) and to experience life on an American campus. Each year, scholarships worth approximately $20,000 are awarded to six (6) lucky applicants to help pay for tuition, room and board, books, and the round-trip ticket between France and the United States. If you are a French student looking for a study abroad opportunity in the U.S., we encourage you to apply!

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Grade Level: College & Graduate Students

Academic Interest: Foreign Languages, Law, Political Science, History

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OAS Academic Scholarships Program (Undergraduate)
OAS Academic Scholarships Program (Undergraduate)

Offered by Organization of American States

Multiple awards worth up to $10,000
Deadline Varies

Are you a college junior or senior interested in studying abroad? If so, consider applying for the OAS Academic Scholarships Program (Undergraduate)! The scholarship is…

Are you a college junior or senior interested in studying abroad? If so, consider applying for the OAS Academic Scholarships Program (Undergraduate)! The scholarship is…

Are you a college junior or senior interested in studying abroad? If so, consider applying for the OAS Academic Scholarships Program (Undergraduate)! The scholarship is open to students from the U.S. and any other OAS Member States in the last two years of their studies leading to a bachelor’s degree. Applicants should have the desire to study in another OAS Member State (excluding their home country) and return to and remain in their home country for at least two years following the completion of their studies abroad. The Organization of American States (OAS), the premier regional forum for political discussion, is proud to offer this and other scholarships to help students achieve their educational goals. Every year, they select multiple recipients to earn up to $10,000 for tuition and mandatory fees, health insurance, monthly allowance, roundtrip airfare, and school books. If you are a college upperclassman looking for a study abroad opportunity, we encourage you to apply!

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Grade Level: College Upperclassmen

Citizenship: Canadian Citizens, Other

Minimum GPA: Yes

Academic Interest: Foreign Languages

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U.S. Air Force In-College Scholarship Program (ICSP)
U.S. Air Force In-College Scholarship Program (ICSP)

Offered by U.S. Air Force ROTC

Multiple awards worth Varies
Deadline Rolling

Are you a college student interested in serving in the U.S. Air Force? If so, consider applying for the U.S. Air Force In-College Scholarship Program!…

Are you a college student interested in serving in the U.S. Air Force? If so, consider applying for the U.S. Air Force In-College Scholarship Program!…

Are you a college student interested in serving in the U.S. Air Force? If so, consider applying for the U.S. Air Force In-College Scholarship Program! The ISCP is open to college freshmen and sophomores in specific majors whose universities host an Air Force ROTC program and who have completed at least one term as full-time students.  The U.S. Air Force ROTC offers the scholarship program as a way to support students and develop leaders for future members of the air force. Thus, students who are selected for the program must accept a commission as an Air or Space Force officer and serve at least four years on active duty. In addition to this, chosen applicants may receive scholarships in varying amounts to help with their tuition costs. Bear in mind that there is no formal application process for the Program. Rather, Air Force ROTC staff evaluate and nominate cadets themselves. For more details on the In-College Scholarship Program, we recommend contacting your school’s AFROTC detachment. 

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Grade Level: College Underclassmen

Citizenship: US Citizens

Minimum GPA: 2.5

Academic Interest: Agriculture, Architecture, Computer Science, Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Foreign Languages, Physical Sciences, Aviation/Aerospace, Chemistry

Other Category: ROTC

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CIA Undergraduate and Graduate Scholarships
CIA Undergraduate and Graduate Scholarships

Offered by Central Intelligence Agency

Multiple awards worth up to $25,000
Expected deadline June 2024

The CIA Undergraduate and Graduate Scholarships are funded by the Central Intelligence Agency, a U.S. government agency that provides objective intelligence on foreign countries and…

The CIA Undergraduate and Graduate Scholarships are funded by the Central Intelligence Agency, a U.S. government agency that provides objective intelligence on foreign countries and…

The CIA Undergraduate and Graduate Scholarships are funded by the Central Intelligence Agency, a U.S. government agency that provides objective intelligence on foreign countries and global issues to the president, the National Security Council, and other policymakers to help them make national security decisions. Every year, their CIA Undergraduate and Graduate Scholarships award up to $25,000 to multiple postsecondary students who are willing to work one to two 90-day sessions at the CIA before graduating and for a few years after graduating. If this scholarship sounds like a fit for you, keep on reading for more application details.

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Grade Level: High School Seniors & College Students

Academic Interest: Computer Science, Foreign Languages, Psychology, Business, Accounting

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Virtual National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y)
Virtual National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y)

Offered by U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA)

Multiple awards worth Full Program Costs
Expected deadline June 2024

Are you a high school student wanting to learn a foreign language critical to U.S. national security? If so, consider applying for the Virtual National…

Are you a high school student wanting to learn a foreign language critical to U.S. national security? If so, consider applying for the Virtual National…

Are you a high school student wanting to learn a foreign language critical to U.S. national security? If so, consider applying for the Virtual National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y)! The Virtual National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) is open to high school students in the U.S. who want to participate in the virtual, 10-week-long NSLI-Y beginner-level foreign language and culture course. The scholarship is funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), which utilizes "educational and cultural exchange" programs to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and those of other countries in order to develop peaceful relations. If selected, the scholarship will cover the full program costs for recipients. Each year typically consists of separate Fall and Winter NSLI-Y Programs, each of which has its own deadline. If you're a high school student with a passion for foreign languages, we encourage you to apply!

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Grade Level: High School Students

Citizenship: US Citizens

Academic Interest: Foreign Languages

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National Junior Classical League Scholarship
National Junior Classical League Scholarship

Offered by National Junior Classical League

11 awards worth $1,200 - $4,000
Expected deadline June 2024

The National Junior Classical League Scholarships are awarded on the following criteria: (1) financial need; (2) JCL service at local, state, and national levels; (3)…

The National Junior Classical League Scholarships are awarded on the following criteria: (1) financial need; (2) JCL service at local, state, and national levels; (3)…

The National Junior Classical League Scholarships are awarded on the following criteria: (1) financial need; (2) JCL service at local, state, and national levels; (3) academic record; (4) recommendations from teachers, principals, counselors, and other adults. Special consideration will also be given to those applicants who intend to teach Latin, Greek, or the Classical Humanities.

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Grade Level: High School Juniors & Seniors

Citizenship: US Citizens, Canadian Citizens, Other

Academic Interest: Classics, Foreign Languages, Humanities

Other Category: Low Income

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Rotary Peace Fellowships
Rotary Peace Fellowships

Offered by Rotary International

Multiple awards worth Full travel costs
Expected deadline May 2024

Are you a college graduate interested in studying abroad? If so, consider applying for Rotary Peace Fellowships! The fellowships are open to college (undergraduate and…

Are you a college graduate interested in studying abroad? If so, consider applying for Rotary Peace Fellowships! The fellowships are open to college (undergraduate and…

Are you a college graduate interested in studying abroad? If so, consider applying for Rotary Peace Fellowships! The fellowships are open to college (undergraduate and graduate school) graduates whose graduation dates will be at least three years ago by the start of their fellowship programs. Applicants should wish to study peace and development issues in a study abroad program. The fellowship offers both a Master’s Program and a Professional Development Certificate Program. Depending on which you are interested in, the application and eligibility requirements differ, so check the website for more specific details. The programs are offered by the Rotary Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports education to cultivate peace. Their fellowships seek to improve health and the environment, provide quality education, and alleviate poverty across the globe. To achieve these goals, 130 applicants every year are granted fully funded fellowships to go abroad and become "catalysts for peace". If you are interested in studying abroad, participating in global networking, and making a change, we encourage you to apply!

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Grade Level: Graduate Students

Academic Interest: Foreign Languages

Other Category: Adult, Nontraditional

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Learning a foreign language is an exciting and rewarding experience that can open up a world of opportunities. Whether you are studying Spanish, Mandarin, Arabic, Italian, French, or another language, you’ll study topics such as grammar, linguistics, literature, and cultural studies. Studying a foreign language will allow you to gain skills in translation and interpretation and develop a global perspective and an appreciation for cultural diversity.

Foreign language study can lead to a number of exciting career pathways in industries including education, literature, government, international business, and travel and tourism. Keep on reading to learn more about the top scholarships available for students studying foreign languages.

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How to win foreign languages scholarships

As you apply to foreign languages scholarships, try to take your essays a step further. Don’t just talk about how much you love the language you’re studying or how well you speak it. Talk about the change in the world you hope to make once you have a better grasp of the language. Discuss the plans you would make if you won the scholarship and what it would help you to accomplish.

The organizations offering scholarships want to grant them to students who will use them to make big changes. They are looking to help make success stories. Make sure to emphasize the successes you can obtain if you receive that help from the organization.

Writing a stellar essay

Writing an effective scholarship essay is no small task. Luckily, we have a variety of resources to answer any questions you may have. Check out our guides on how to start and end scholarship essays, as well as some tips on responding to the most common scholarship essay prompts. We’ll also help you tailor your writing to 250 or 500 word limits, and learn about writing about yourself. Good luck!

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Resources for foreign language students

Alpha Mu Gamma

Alpha Mu Gamma is the largest national collegiate foreign language honor society in the country. No matter what language you are studying, Alpha Mu Gamma recognizes it. This includes American Sign Language. There are chapters at most colleges and universities, and membership offers opportunities for networking and professional development, and it looks great on a resume.

American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese

For students studying Spanish or Portuguese, this is a great organization offering networking, insight into the state of foreign language instruction, and scholarships. Many students who major in a foreign language go on to teaching, and organizations like this can give a good idea of what that career field would look like. Those who are pursuing a degree in another language could benefit from seeking a similar organization for their language. They exist for most languages.

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Frequently asked questions 

What colleges have the best foreign language programs?

Some of the universities with the best foreign language programs include: Columbia University, Brigham Young University, UW-Seattle, and the University of Wisconsin, Madison. For a more complete list of colleges with the best foreign language programs, check out this list. Keep in mind, however, that this is by no means a complete list and you can still get a fulfilling and complete foreign language education at your chosen university (just remember to check out what languages are available beforehand!).

What jobs can you get knowing multiple languages?

Great question. You have many career options when you know multiple languages, including: translator, foreign service officer, international sales manager, or foreign correspondent. Knowing multiple languages can even expand your options if you’re in a vastly different field, as the number of job listings aimed at bilingual workers more than doubled between 2010 and 2015 (and is continuing to grow!).

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