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International Education Scholarship Fee (IEFS)

This scholarship aims to promote study abroad to TAMIU students.  It is distributed in a competition open to all undergraduate and graduate TAMIU students, including international students, meeting the established eligibility requirements and attending a TAMIU approved study abroad program.  The IEFS awards grants of up to $3,000.


1.   Students must be enrolled at least part-time at TAMIU at time of application

2.   Cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.5 or higher (undergrad) or 3.2 or higher (grad)

3.   Students must have been approved for participation in a TAMIU Study Abroad Program

Guadalupe and Lilia Martinez International Fellows Scholarship (G&LM-IFS)

This scholarship aims to diversify and expand the participation of TAMIU students in overseas programs by awarding grants of up to $5,000 to undergraduate students coming from traditionally under-represented fields in education abroad and have chosen a non-traditional location for their study abroad experience.


1.  Students must have graduated from high schools of Webb or Zapata Counties

2.  Students must have a cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.75 or higher

3.  Students must be classified as sophomore or junior students at the time of their application

4.  Students must have been approved for participation in a TAMIU Study Abroad Program

Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship

Students who are U.S. citizens and receive a Pell Grant may apply for the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship, a nationally competitive scholarship which promotes study abroad among underrepresented students.  As part of the electronic application process, all applications must be certified online by both a financial aid and a study abroad advisor. The Financial Aid Scholarship Coordinator, will verify that the student is currently receiving a Federal Pell grant and the estimated amount of financial aid, in grants and scholarships, that the student may apply to their study abroad program.  The Study Abroad Advisor will verify the study abroad program information provided by the student and that the program they are applying to is an approved, undergraduate credit-eligible program at the student's home university. 


1.  U.S. citizen

2.  Undergraduate in good standing

3.  Pell grant recipient at time of application

4.  Applying or have been accepted to a university approved undergraduate credit-eligible program

5.  Study in any nation worldwide with the exception of Cuba and those nations currently under a    U.S.Department of State Travel Warning

6.  Program must be a minimum of four weeks

National Security Education Programs

The National Security Education Program (NSEP) is a unique scholarship opportunity for U.S. undergraduates to study abroad.  NSEP awards scholarships students for study of world regions critical the U.S. interests.  The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded.  A NSEP service requirement requires that an award recipient must first seek work in the Department of Defense, Homeland Security, State or the Intelligence Community, and, if no positions are available, seek work in the broader federal sector.


1.  A U.S. citizen at the time of application

2.  A high school graduate, or have earned a GED, and matriculated as a freshman, sophomore, junrior or senior in a U.S. post-secondary institution, including universities accredted by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education

3.  Applying to engage in study abroad experience in a country outside of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand that has been approved by the home institution (OIE)

4.  Planning to use the scholarship for study abroad in a program that ends prior to the students' graduation

Using Post 9/11 GI Bill for Study Abroad Costs

The Post-9/11 GI Bill has the potential to allow many more American students with diverse backgrounds to study abroad. The Department of Veterans Affairs has issued an important clarification of their policies that will help veterans and campus administrators to better understand how the GI Bill benefits can be used to help cover the cost of certain study abroad activities. In guidance they issued in response to questions we have been discussing with them, the VA addresses several of the ways that students can enroll in study abroad programs, and spells out what is eligible to be covered. The VA has just posted this guidance on their Post-9/11 GI Bill website, as a "Post-9/11 Study Abroad Fact Sheet"

Institute for International Education

IIE’s Rocky Mountain Regional Center awards two scholarships to students who are enrolled in IIENetwork Member Institutions throughout the region.  The two awards of $2,500 each are granted by the Adell & Hancock Scholarship Fund, established to provide both U.S. and international students the opportunity to study abroad and in doing so, opening their mind to the world.  The Adell & Hancock Fund Scholarships are available to U.S. Students in the region who will study abroad as part of a program beginning during the 2011 calendar year, as well as international students that will soon or currently are studying in the region who may choose to apply the award toward their study abroad experience in the U.S.

For more information about the scholarships and to download the applications, please visit the IIE Rochy Mountain Regional Center website at www.rockymountainiie.org/scholarships