Study Away Scholarships

Scholarship opportunities for Study Away Programs that students may be eligible for:


College of Social Science Study Away Program Scholarships


New Orleans  -- Hawaii  --  San Francisco

Qualification Criteria

  • Admitted or applied to one of MSU's College of Social Science Study Away programs
  • Minimum College GPA:  3.0 (recommended)
  • Application Deadlines:
    • Summer – March 1 ( SF Program Only)
    • Summer - April 1 (Hawaii and New Orleans Program Only)

 NOTE: ALL FALL & SPRING Washington, DC  participants receive automatic housing scholarships and College of Social Science majors participating in the SUMMER Washington, DC program receive automatic housing scholarships. NO NEED TO APPLY!

If the applicant cancels or withdraws from MSU’s Study Away Program, funds will be withdrawn.


The Rachel P. Kahan Memorial Scholarship

For MSU's Washington, D.C. Semester Study Programs, Fall or Spring only

This award honors the memory of Rachel P. Kahan who was a graduate of MSU’s James Madison College and an alumnus of the College of Social Science Spring 2007 Washington, DC Semester Study Program. Also a member of DC Spartans Alumni Board, Rachel was very active in giving back to MSU and the DC Study Away program. Rachel passed away in 2012 after an inspiring battle against cancer. Rachel touched the lives of many Spartans and through this scholarship will continue to positively inspire active community participation and leadership.

Applicants must be currently enrolled at Michigan State University and planning to participate in an internship in Washington, DC as part of MSU’s Semester Study Program during fall or spring semester. Recipients can be enrolled in any college at MSU, but must be in good academic standing. Those applicants who have demonstrated the Spartan tradition of community engagement and civic leadership are encouraged to apply.

Application Procedure:

Applicants must submit the following application materials:

A completed Application for the Rachel P. Kahan Memorial Scholarship.

A resume of achievements to date.

A 2-3 page in response to the following question:

  • How have you demonstrated intellectual curiosity, civic leadership and/or Spartan spirit during your time at Michigan State University and how will Rachel Kahan’s example influence your Washington, DC experience?

Two completed Recommendation Forms from faculty member and/or academic advisor. Our office will send your recommender(s) the link to fill out the recommendation form. Please inform them ahead of time.

Deadline for Fall and Early Spring semester applicants is April 1st  

Rachel P. Kahan Memorial Scholarship Application

Gordon & Norma Guyer Public Policy Internship Award

For Internships in Public Policy

• Students in ANY major are eligible to receive scholarships in the Gordon and Norma Guyer Endowed Internship Program

• Students must arrange to be employed in a public policy related internship and enroll for MSU internship credit

• Scholarships of at least $1,000 will be applicable towards a student’s tuition

• Students receiving a scholarship are expected to participate in activities of the Guyer program including an orientation session before the internship begins and a reception following internship completion

• Mandatory orientation session is scheduled prior to the internship. Before applying for the scholarship, please be sure you will be able to attend this orientation.

For information and application visit Guyer Scholarship Information

A. J. Harris II Field Experience Scholarship (Interdisciplinary Studies Major)

The A. J. Harris II Scholarship recognizes capable and deserving IDS students who are embarking upon for-credit field work experiences in the upcoming year.  Please contact your IDS advisor for more information about this and other scholarships available to IDS majors.

A. J. Harris II Scholarship Application

Dr. Charles A. and Marjorie A. Gliozzo Endowed Scholarship for Domestic Internships

The Dr. Charles A. Marjorie A. Gliozzo Endowed Scholarship for Domestic and International Internships provides financial support for undergraduate MSU students to participate in approved accredited internship programs. Applications must be MSU undergraduate students with an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher at the time of application and accepted into an internship program as described below. Applicants must also be undergraduates at the time of the internship. There may be additional eligibility criteria that students need to meet in order to receive credit.

Next application deadline is March 1, 2018 to be applied to Summer 2018, Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 semesters.

The internship in which they participate:

  • Must be credit granting and approved by a MSU college
  • Must be on-site conducting the internship for 4 weeks minimum to one year maximum
  • Must take place during summer, fall or spring
  • May be domestic or international
  • May be in tandem with any MSU study abroad program
  • May be affiliated with the US State Department, other governmental agencies, multinational organizations, or the private sector.

To be considered, submit your application, essay and one letter of academic reference to the MSU Office of Study Abroad by the deadline listed. Scholarships for variable amounts ranging from $500 to $1500 will be awarded to recipients.

Application can be downloaded here.

If you have questions about the application process or award, contact Maria Beam, MSU Office of Study Abroad, 517-353-8920 or beamm(at)

Many other scholarships are available to eligible students.  The Colleges of  Agriculture and Natural Resources, Communication Arts and Sciences, James Madison College and Social Science offer additional scholarships to eligible students.  Additionally, MSU’s Office of Financial Aid offers others too numerous to mention.

Look for notices posted on bulletin boards or email, speak with your academic advisor and visit your college’s student affairs office to inquire about other funding opportunities.