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The FIT Study Abroad Scholarships provide funds to supplement the costs of studying abroad. FIT Study Abroad Scholarships can be used for any study abroad program for which the student receives at least 12 academic credits towards their degree per semester OR a minimum of 2 credits for summer or winter study abroad. For a selection of programs see the FIT Study Abroad website, SUNY International Programs or College Consortium for International Studies. FIT offers up to 35 Study Abroad Scholarships of $1000-$5000 including the Global Scholar Award, the Gladys Marcus International Scholarship, the FIT in Italy Scholarships and the Lattuada Scholarship. Details about each award can be found below. All are competitive and can be granted in addition to other federally funded or FIT Foundation awards.


September 12, 2019 for programs in Winter 2020 and Spring 2020

February 13, 2020 for programs in Summer 2020, Fall 2020, and Academic Year 2020-2021


Students applying for this award must:

  • be enrolled full-time in an FIT degree program
  • have a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident for most FIT Study Abroad Scholarships
  • have applied for Financial Aid or are planning to apply and have demonstrated need OR, for international students, have demonstrated need in accordance with the guidelines established through Severe Economic Hardship Relief for F-1 students


  • Apply for a study abroad program at fitnyc.edu/studyabroad.
  • Complete the additional FIT Global Scholar Award application which includes an additional personal statement. This application is found under the Scholarships & Awards tab of the study abroad application site. The personal statement you provide will be a significant factor in the review of your application for this award. Your statement must include a response to each of the following:

1. Tell us about past experiences that make you eager to study abroad.

2. Tell us about your experiences and values that would make you an effective FIT representative abroad.

3. Tell us in what ways would you be an effective ambassador within the FIT community to promote intercultural understanding and encourage study abroad participation when you return.

For help with writing your personal statement to make it more competitive, we encourage you to visit the Writing & Speaking Studio.
For all other questions, please contact the Office of International Programs.

Scholarship Writing Workshop September 10th, 1:00pm-2:00pm C612 RSVP
Strengthen your application at this writing workshop designed specifically for students studying abroad.

Note: Students may apply for a FIT Study Abroad Scholarship even if they have not yet been accepted into their chosen Study Abroad program. However, awards shall be released with proof that the student has been accepted to an authorized Study Abroad program and confirmation that the student is actually able to participate in the program. In the event that an awardee shall withdraw from the Study Abroad Program for any reason the award will be rescinded.

Upon return from study abroad, awardees will submit an essay about their experiences and assist with FIT Abroad program promotion.

FIT Scholarship Details

FIT Global Scholar Award Program

The FIT Global Scholar Award Program provides funds to supplement the costs of studying abroad.


  • Open to U.S. Citizens & Permanent Residents
  • These awards can be used for any FIT Study Abroad program for which the student receives at least 12 academic credits towards their degree per semester OR a minimum of 2 credits for winter study.

For Winter Applications

  • One (1) award of $3,000 for eligible graduates of NYC high schools
  • Up to four (4) awards of $2,000 for all eligible students

For Spring Applications

  • Up to two (2) awards of $3,000 for eligible graduates of NYC high schools
  • Up to five (5) awards of $2,000 for all eligible students

For Summer Applications

  • Up to two (2) awards of $3,000 for eligible graduates of NYC high schools
  • Up to six (6) awards of $2,000 for all eligible students

For Fall and Academic Year Programs

  • Up to two (2) awards of $5,000 for eligible graduates of NYC high schools
  • Up to six (6) awards of $3,000 for all eligible students 
FIT in Italy Scholarships One (1) $3,000 award per semester (Fall and Spring) will be given to FIT in Italy students who demonstrate need.
Gladys Marcus Scholarship

One (1) award at $1,300 will be given to an FIT student for semester study
One (1) award at $1,000 will be give to an FIT student for summer study

Lattuada Scholarship

One (1) $2,000 scholarship will be awarded to a student studying at FIT in Florence for the academic year. Preference will be given to a Fashion Design student. 

International Students are eligible to apply. 

SUNY Diversity Abroad Honors Scholarship

One (1) $1,000 scholarship per academic term (fall, spring, or summer) will be awarded to a high achieving FIT student participating in a short-term, semester, or year program during their 2nd, 3rd, or 4th year.

  • Student must be a recipient of an FIT scholarship of at least $1,000 to be eligible for the SUNY Diversity Abroad Scholarship. (FIT scholarship includes Global Scholar Award, Presidential Scholars, Departmental Scholarships.)


Fashion Design

Fashion Design degree students interested in learning more about these opportunities should contact the FD Department for eligibility and application information.

  • Michael Kors Endowed Scholarship
International Trade & Marketing

International Trade & Marketing degree students interested in learning more about these opportunities should contact the ITM Department for eligibility and application information. 

  • Ralph Lauren Corp.
  • New Times Group Limited
  • PVH corp.
  • Gemini Shippers Association
Presidential Scholars

Students must be chosen as Presidential Scholars to be eligible to apply for the following study abroad scholarships during their sophomore or junior year. Students can contact the Presidential Scholars Department for information on application and eligibility information.  

  • Jerome L. Greene Foundation International Studies Fund (up to $10,000)
  • Jodi Tilton Memorial Scholarship for Summer Study Abroad ($2000)
  • Henry Wolf Presidential Scholars Summer Abroad Scholarship (up to $5000)
Rothman Scholarship

The Educational Skills Department is pleased to announce a $1,500 award to a student who plans to participate in an FIT study abroad program. This scholarship is made possible by a generous gift to the Educational Skills Department from Mildred Rothman, founding member and Chairperson from its inception until 1991.


  • Candidates must be matriculated in a current undergraduate degree program (full or part‐time)
  • Candidates must carry a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Candidates must have successfully completed an Educational Skills course 
  • Candidates must be accepted into a study‐abroad program

The scholarship will be awarded based on the following:

  • A resume, with an accompanying personal statement 
    (Please explain which program you wish to attend and what you hope to get out of studying abroad.)
  • A recommendation letter from an FIT faculty member outside of the Educational Skills Department
  • An interview with members of the Educational Skills Department

To apply, submit your resume and cover letter to Professor James Sullivan, Chairperson of the Educational Skills Department, in B602 by the April 6th deadline at 5:00pm


AASAP/UK Lord Acton Memorial Scholarship

For students studying in the UK.

See: http://www.aasapuk.org/scholarships.php

American-Scandinavian Foundation Fellowships & Grants

The ASF offers fellowships and grants to outstanding American students for study in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway or Sweden.

See: http://www.amscan.org/fellowships-and-grants/fellowshipsgrants-to-study-in-scandinavia/

APIASF Scholarship Program

The Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) supports low-income, underrepresented students with a variety of scholarships. Awardees are most often students that represent the AAPI’s goal for a diverse community, in addition to exhibiting a desire for communal improvement. The AAPI search committee places preference on first generation college students.

See: http://www.apiasf.org/scholarship_apiasf.html

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

The Gilman Scholarship Program is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.

Available to Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer study abroad students. Keep in mind that Winter and Spring awards have a combined deadline.

See: http://www.iie.org/en/Programs/Gilman-Scholarship-Program

Boren Scholarship

Boren Scholarships, an initiative of the National Security Education Program, provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded.

See: https://www.borenawards.org/boren_scholarship/basics.html 


For students studying in the UK.

See: http://www.butex.ac.uk/

Critical Language Scholarship (CLS)

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a fully funded summer overseas language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students. With the goal of broadening the base of Americans studying and mastering critical languages and building relationships between the people of the United States and other countries, CLS provides opportunities to a diverse range of students from across the United States at every level of language learning.

See:  http://www.clscholarship.org/

Diversity Abroad Scholarships

Diversity Abroad was founded on simple concept; connect a fast growing and diverse population of students and young professionals with meaningful international opportunities that will prepare them for future education and career opportunities.

The Diversity Abroad Network "Diversity Network" will offer summer scholarships in the amount of $1,000 for full-time undergraduate (both community college and university level) students attending a member institution.

See: https://www.diversityabroad.com/partner/diversity-abroad/scholarships?scholarship=diversity-network-summer-scholarship 

Students may also use the Diversity Abroad Scholarship search engine for additional scholarship opportunities:

See: http://www.diversityabroad.com/study-abroad-scholarships

Freeman Award - Asia

Freeman-ASIA accepts applications from U.S. citizens or permanent residents studying at the undergraduate level at a two-year or four-year college or university who demonstrate financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia.

See: http://www.iie.org/Programs/Freeman-ASIA

Fund for Education Abroad

Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) is an independent study abroad scholarship provider. FEA gives preference to students with demonstrated financial need, and strongly encourages students to apply who represent a group that is traditionally underrepresented in education abroad. These groups include, but are not limited to:

  • First-generation college students
  • Minority students
  • Community college students

See: http://fundforeducationabroad.org/

As an applicant, you are automatically considered for all available scholarships (general and dedicated) based on answers you provide on your application online. Scholarships available include:


Gay Asian Pacific Alliance Foundation Scholarship

The GAPA Foundation Scholarship provides financial assistance to API LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer) students who are attending a post-secondary institution. The purpose of the GAPA Foundation Scholarship is to provide financial assistance to Asian and Pacific Islander (API) students who are interested in activism in the API and LGBTQ communities. 

See: https://gapafoundation.org/scholarships/

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

See: https://www.daad.org/en/about-us/


Generation Study Abroad Excellence and Travel Awards

Education New Zealand and New Zealand tertiary institutions are supporting Generation Study Abroad students with excellence and travel awards. See: 


Global Study Awards

See: http://www.mastersportal.eu/pages/the-global-study-awards/#fflt:ISIC_GSA1

GoEuro European Study Abroad Scholarship

F.I.T. has been registered and is eligible to participate in the GoEuro European Study Abroad Scholarship program. There are three scholarships of up to €2000 to be awarded. GoEuro.com understands that understanding new cultures through travel can be a major part of an international exchange. They want to make this easier and dedicating their scholarship to students hoping to carry out a study abroad program in a European Union and/or Schengen country.

More information about the GoEuro Scholarship can be found here: http://www.goeuro.com/travel/study-abroad

Go Overseas Scholarship

See: http://www.gooverseas.com/scholarships/study-abroad-application

HI USA Explore the World Travel Scholarship

The Explore the World Travel Scholarship is for aspiring global travelers who want to give back while they experience another culture. Scholarship recipients will receive $2,000 to support a trip that includes an educational or service component.

See: https://www.hiusa.org/programs/travel-scholarships 

Institute for International Education (IIE) Generation Study Abroad Travel Grant

FIT is a commitment partner to IIE's Generation Study Abroad making FIT students eligible to apply for an IIE Generation Study Abroad Travel Grant. 

See: https://www.iie.org/Programs/Generation-Study-Abroad/UtilityNav/Funding/Travel-Grants

Institute for International Education (IIE) Study Abroad Funding

This resource features detailed descriptions of hundreds of study abroad scholarships, fellowships, grants, and paid internships for U.S. undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate students, and professionals.

See: http://www.studyabroadfunding.org/

ISIC (International students are eligible)

See: https://www.isic.org/the-global-study-awards-expand-your-horizons/

Scholarships Portal EU (For programs in Europe)

See: http://www.scholarshipportal.com/



Tortuga Backpacks Study Abroad Scholarship

See: http://www.tortugabackpacks.com/pages/study-abroad-scholarship

UCE Leadership Scholarship

Leadership Scholarships are awarded by the UCE Scholarship Fund annually. The student must have contributed as a leader to FIT and their home community during their two years at FIT. The Leadership – Scholarship award of up to $3,000 is presented upon the start of the fall semester.

See: http://www.ucescholarship.org/