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MSU Office of Study Abroad Scholarships

MSU undergraduate students applying to any credit-bearing study abroad program are eligible for Office of Study Abroad (OSA) Scholarships. MSU graduate students applying to join a credit-bearing group program abroad are also eligible; however, graduate students pursuing individual or independent research abroad are not. A special award is reserved for MSU medical students participating in a College of Human Medicine or College of Osteopathic Medicine study abroad experience.

Some scholarships are based exclusively on academic performance; others are based on a combination of academic performance and financial need. Some scholarships have additional requirements.

You need only submit one application in order to be considered for all the OSA scholarships for which you are eligible. You may receive more than one award.

All awards are very competitive! Approximately 30% of students who apply for the OSA scholarships will receive an award.

LISTEN TO SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS: This video celebrates the commitment of the MSU Federal Credit Union, who funds the university's largest study abroad scholarship program.

Available Scholarships


If you have an overall GPA of 3.5 or better, you may be eligible for the Charles and Marjorie Gliozzo Merit Scholarship or the Office of Study Abroad Academic Excellence Awards. Merit-only awards are among OSA's most competitive; most awardees have a GPA of 3.75 or above. However, a high GPA does not guarantee an award. The quality of the required essay is crucial. Your application for merit-only awards must include a 600-word essay describing how study abroad will help you reach your academic and personal goals. Your essay will be scored on both its content and the quality of writing. (Important: Do not exceed the 600-word limit.) No FAFSA is needed for these awards.

Advice for merit-only applicants
All scholarships are highly competitive, but competition for merit-only awards is particularly intense because they constitute only 25% of all scholarships available.

Though the minimum overall GPA to be eligible is 3.5, it is unusual for a student with a GPA under 3.7 to win a merit-only award. On the other hand, a high GPA does not guarantee an award.

The quality of your essay is crucial. Because many merit-only applicants have a GPA of 3.8 or higher, it is important to compose your essay very carefully.

See sample essays from recent awardees in Sample Scholarship Application Essays (PDF)*Opens in new window.

NOTE: Merit-based scholarships are not available for the Freshman Seminar or Spring Break scholarship rounds.


If you have an overall GPA of 2.5 or better and a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file with the MSU Office of Financial Aid* you may be eligible for one or more of the following. No essay is required for these awards.

MSU Federal Credit UnionOpens in new window Scholarships (MSUFCU)

Forest Akers Scholarship

MSU Alumni Association Scholarship

Eleanor and Charles Greenleaf, Sr. Scholarship

Office of Study Abroad Need and Merit Awards

Georges Jules Joyaux Memorial Fund Scholarships

Brigitte and Thomas Huff Scholarship

Kellogg Foundation Scholarship

The Carol Welch Endowed Scholarship

Medical Study Abroad Scholarship

The Martha and Keith Peters Scholarship

Office of Study Abroad (OSA) Freshman Seminar Abroad Scholarship

Delia Koo Endowed Scholarship for Study Abroad in Asia

Mehas Family Greek Heritage Endowed Scholarship for Study Abroad in Greece

* It takes several weeks for the U.S. Government and the MSU Office of Financial Aid to process a FAFSA after it's submitted. To confirm you have a current FAFSA, call the MSU Office of Financial Aid at (517) 353-5940.

Award Amounts

Spring break programs $250
Freshman Seminar programs $250
Summer or winter break programs (2-12 weeks) $250-$1,000
Semester programs (13-20 weeks) $500-$1,500
Academic year programs (more than 20 weeks) $500-$1,750

Awards and scholarship amounts may vary depending on funding availability.

Application Process

In order to apply for an MSU OSA Scholarship you must first submit a program application. You will see a link for the scholarship application on your "My Study Abroad" checklist once you have submitted your online program application. In order to be considered for OSA scholarships, follow the link, where you may submit an essay for merit scholarships if you have a 3.5 GPA or better, after which you will need to check the appropriate boxes in the Agreements section before hitting the submit button.

To be considered, submit your application before the deadline (see below) corresponding to your program. You must submit a separate scholarship application for each program to which you apply.

If you withdraw from a program, for any reason (voluntary or involuntary), any award you may have won will be revoked. If your award is revoked after funds have been disbursed to you, you will be billed for the award amount through your MSU student account.


Spring Break (need-based awards only) January 15*
Summer, Fall Semester or Academic-Year March 1*
Freshman Seimnars Abroad (need-based awards only) June 8*
Winter Break and Spring Semester October 15*

*If the deadline falls on a weekend, applications must be submitted the working day after the deadline.

Testimonial Requirement

All scholarship recipients will be required to submit a written testimonial and 2-3 photos showcasing your experience abroad. Details about this requirement can be found in Testimonial Requirements (PDF)*Opens in new window.


The Office of Study Abroad thanks the following generous donors for making special awards possible so more students will be able to reap the many academic, personal, and professional benefits study abroad experiences provide.

The MSU Federal Credit UnionOpens in new window
The National Board of the MSU Alumni Association
The Australia-Pacific Council
The Forest Akers Endowment
Charles and Marjorie Gliozzo
The Eleanor and Charles Greenleaf Sr. Endowment Fund
Thomas and Brigitte Huff Scholarship
Dr. Georges Joyaux Memorial Fund Scholarship
The Kellogg Foundation
Ms. Laura Mandziuk - The Land Down Under Scholarship
Ms. Carol Welch

The Office of Study Abroad administers the Office of Study Abroad Academic Excellence Awards, the Office of Study Abroad Need and Merit Awards, and the Overseas Study Endowment Fund.

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