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How to Maximize Eligibility

To remain eligible for UCEAP Scholarships, keep in mind that only applicants who have started program applications to study abroad with UCEAP will be considered. You can continue advancing your UCEAP application by logging into MyEAP.
 
Be sure to read the eligibility criteria and application procedures for each scholarship carefully. Pay special attention to all deadlines and submit your application well in advance.
 

Early Planning

The earlier you begin researching options and planning for study abroad, the better! Early investigation will enable you to find the programs best suited to your academic, career and personal goals, to complete any prerequisite courses, and to prepare yourself financially and personally for a successful experience abroad.

You may apply for multiple scholarships, including non-study abroad related scholarships and grants. Check with each scholarship program if they have restrictions on you accepting their scholarship if you receive other awards. Advise your Financial Aid office of all scholarships you receive.

Application Essays & Statements 

The most important factor in any scholarship application is your personal statement or essay.  Be sure to read the directions carefully, and answer the question that is asked. Take time to outline your essay, organize it thoughtfully, write it well, edit it, and ask a friend to read it over.  Use correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation. A reviewer can easily be distracted by bad writing and poor sentence structure, and won't notice your outstanding accomplishments or academic goals for your time abroad.
 
Remember that the overarching goal for any statement or application is to explain why the reviewer should choose you for a scholarship. Present yourself in the best light possible, while always being honest. If you feel that you have a weakness in one area of your application (low GPA or very few language classes, for example), you should consider explaining your situation in your essay. Don't make excuses, but do explain how you came to this position and what you plan to do to prepare for your time abroad.  For example, if you have not yet met a language requirement, you could explain in your statement that you have already secured a place in a summer intensive language program in advance of your study abroad program. This shows that you are aware of your relative strengths and weaknesses, and have taken steps to remedy any weakness in order to be fully prepared to succeed while abroad.

 

Questions?

For questions about UCEAP scholarships, e-mail scholarships@eap.ucop.edu. You can also contact your study abroad advisor on your campus for non-UCEAP scholarship information, procedures, and deadlines. Campus study abroad offices have great information about local and national awards.
 

 

Financial Aid

You may use financial aid to fund approved academic programs abroad, and special study abroad scholarships are also available, whether or not you are a financial aid recipient.
 
Many scholarship applications require that you demonstrate financial need; therefore, even if you have not received financial aid in the past you should complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) immediately. Discuss all financial aid planning with your campus financial aid and study abroad advisors as early as possible.
 
Even if you have not received financial aid in the past you could qualify. Be sure to  complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).