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  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Calendar Year, Fall, Spring
  • Restrictions: UMass Amherst applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Description:

The Education Abroad Merit Award is a highly competitive scholarship program which awards $1000 per application cycle (fall, spring, academic year, calendar year). We ask recipients of this scholarship to fulfill the service component which may consist of one of the following projects: 
  • Work with your advisor to research and update any program materials (country/city handbook, etc); 
  • Develop a detailed daily, weekly, monthly and total program budget and budget narrative based on your own real expenses while in-country and traveling (to share with future applicants);
  • Create a blog that you update at least twice a month for the duration of the program, including pre-departure and post-return entries;
  • Create a photo journal or short video and narrative of your experience

If you are a Merit scholarship recipient, IPO will also request your participation in pre-departure and post-return focus groups.


Applicants must:
  • be an active UMass Amherst Undergraduate
  • have a minimum GPA of 3.6
  • have started a UMass Abroad application for an approved study abroad program for the term of study they are applying for

Application requirements:
  • a statement of purpose of between 500 and 750 words
INCOMPLETE applications will NOT be considered

Notification of award:
All students will be notified via email about the outcome of the scholarship award no later than 4 weeks after the close of the application.

This program is currently not accepting applications.