The Going Abroad Scholarship

Our mission at Going is to help people travel and experience the world. Since 2017, we've helped young travelers get out there and get going. Twice a year, two outstanding students will win $1,500 scholarships towards their upcoming study abroad program.

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Scholarship eligibility

We encourage all higher education students to check their scholarship eligibility and apply!

Deadlines & awards

Scholarship application deadlines are March 15th and October 15th. Winners will be notified by March 31st for fall study abroad and October 31st for spring study abroad.

Film your video essay

This year, we are accepting all essays in a three- to four-minute video format.

Past scholarship awards

Spring Semester 2022
Ayah K. Saleh
Syracuse University
Fall Semester 2021
Amaya Gatling
University of Wisconsin—Madison
Spring Semester 2021
Connor Polston
Virginia Tech
Fall Semester 2020
Sydney Tran
Arizona State University
Spring Semester 2020
Ruth Solano-Cardel
Gateway Community College, Phoenix
Fall Semester 2019
Noor Alyasiry
North Park University
Fall Semester 2019
Lina Osmundson
University of Colorado, Boulder
Spring Semester 2019
Emily Jue
University of Texas, Austin

Eligibility Requirements

The Going Study Abroad Scholarship is open to any citizen and/or resident of the United States (and its territories and possessions) who is enrolled full-time at an accredited institution of higher learning. All other entries will be disqualified.

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Is this scholarship open to both undergraduate and graduate students?
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This scholarship is open to both undergraduate and graduate students who are are enrolled at an accredited higher education program in the United States (and its territories and possessions) and will be studying abroad.

Is this scholarship open to high school students?
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No, this scholarship is for higher education programs only.

Is there an age limit for this scholarship?
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No, there is no age limit for this scholarship.

Can I apply if I am in a continuing education course, internship, language immersion program, mission retreat, dissertation research trip, or international research conferences?
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No, this scholarship is only available to undergraduate and graduate students at an accredited higher education program that will be studying abroad as part of that program.

Does Going consider study abroad during the summer session as an eligible term to qualify?
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Yes, students enrolled at an accredited higher education program and plan on studying abroad during the summer are welcome and eligible to apply for this scholarship.

Can I submit an essay or other form of media in place of a video?
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Yes, we completely understand there are complications that come with video submissions. If you are unable to submit a video essay, please email scholarship@going.com. We’d be happy to accommodate!

What needs to be in my video essay?
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Applicants are required to answer at least one of the following questions, and may answer all three:

- Why do you want to study abroad?
- What impact do you hope to make from studying abroad?
- Why are you the right person for this experience?

Can I apply if I am enrolled in a post-graduate course at an international school?
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No, you must be enrolled in an accredited higher education program in the United States (and its territories and possessions) and will study abroad as part of that program.

How much money will be awarded?
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The Going Scholarship awards US $1,500 to two students each spring and fall.

“When I found out I won the scholarship, I was thrilled! It gave me hope and made me realize exploring the world is possible and there’s support where it’s needed.“

- Ayah, 2022 Scholarship Recipient
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Official Rules

No purchase necessary. This scholarship program is sponsored by Scott's Cheap Flights, Inc. dba Going ("Going"). The Going Abroad Scholarship is open to any citizen and/or resident of the United States (and its territories and possessions) is enrolled full-time at an accredited institution of higher learning. All other entries will be disqualified.

Each student may only submit one entry. If it is determined that a participant has entered with more than one identity, all of the participant’s submissions will be disqualified.

The application period for the Fall semester scholarship starts each year on October 16 at 12:00am PST. Two winners of the Fall semester scholarship will be notified via email on or before March 31. Scholarship money will be awarded no later than April 15.

The application period for the Spring semester scholarship starts each year on March 31 at 12:00am PST. Two winners of the Spring semester scholarship will be notified via email on or before October 31. Scholarship money will be awarded no later than November 15.

All portions of the application must be answered and all requested documents must be attached.

Failure to fully answer the video essay question or provide all documentation could deem an application ineligible. Video essay requirements are as follows:

  • Videos shorter than three minutes or longer than four minutes will NOT be reviewed or considered.
  • You may edit your video entry but videos will be judged on your response to the prompts and NOT on your editing abilities.
  • The video essay must be in English.
  • We strongly encourage you to appear on camera for your video essay; however, if you are unable to appear on camera for any reason, we will accept audio essay submissions.
  • Video essays must be original and factually accurate, and they must not be in the public domain. The submission of false information will result in automatic disqualification. By submitting an essay, each student acknowledges his or her understanding of and compliance with these rules. Going reserves the right to disqualify any entry deemed inappropriate for publication per the company’s discretion.
  • If you are unable to submit a video essay, please email scholarship@going.com for accommodations.

To be considered for the scholarship, all applicants must be planning to study abroad within the next year.

Once submitted, no confirmation email will be sent to the applicant and any other requests related to the application will not guarantee a response from Going.

No notification will be sent to non-winning applicants.

All Fall semester scholarship entries must be received no later than March 15, 2023 at 11:59pm PST to be eligible for the scholarship.

All Spring semester scholarship entries must be received no later than October 15, 2023 at 11:59pm PST to be eligible for the scholarship.

Scholarship awards are non-transferable. Competition is void where prohibited or restricted by law. Winners will be solely responsible for any federal, state or local taxes. Winners must provide an email address to which Going can email a publicity release and a W-9 for tax purposes in order to qualify for receipt of the scholarship award in the amount of $1,500. Once completed, winners must provide a valid PayPal account email address to which the scholarship funds will be sent.

All video essays and all rights to their publication become the property of Going, which may use, edit and excerpt these entries for purposes promotional or otherwise including placing them online without compensation, additional or otherwise. Going reserves the right to use the winners’ names and other basic information in any advertising or promotional materials relating to this scholarship without further notification, permission, or compensation to the winner, except where prohibited by law.

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