Chatham University

Experiential Learning Scholarships

Chatham University Office of International Affairs

Chatham University is pleased to offer competitive funds to support students for experiential learning and/or who wish to study abroad. Students may apply for funding from the initiatives listed below. Click here for the Application for Study Abroad Scholarships.  The Benter, IFSA and Vira I. Heinz scholarships have additional application requirements. See links below for further details.


Please note that award amounts are subject to change.

Application Deadlines

Fall and Full Year Study Abroad March 15th
Spring Study Abroad September 30th
Summer & Field Experience Study Abroad February 28th

The Benter Initiative for Global Citizenship - UP TO $5,000 FOR SEMESTER STUDY ABROAD 

The Benter Initiative for Global Citizenship scholarship supports students’ study, international travel and interactions with diverse populations outside of North America, with the highest priority given to study in Middle Eastern nations and Muslim cultures.  This award supports students on semester study abroad through Chatham exchange and partner institutions.

Institute for Study Abroad Foundation (IFSA) Funds - up to $4,250 FOR SEMESTER STUDY ABROAD 

The IFSA Foundation scholarship expands opportunities for Chatham undergraduate students to engage in semester-long academic programs abroad and infuses service, internship or research into the students’ study abroad experience. This award supports students on semester study abroad to University of Nicosia (Cyprus), Mahidol University (Thailand) and Universidad Veritas (Costa Rica).

Vira I. Heinz Scholarship Program for Women in Global Leadership - $5,000 +

This award is granted to three or more Chatham students during their sophomore or junior year. It is intended to develop cross-cultural competency with a focus on international leadership. This is accomplished through international study during the summer before the junior or senior year, and through leadership development workshops held prior to departure and after the study abroad experience. The student will then take their cultural knowledge and apply it to a community engagement experience during their junior or senior year. It is intended for those students wishing to further their skills in leadership and international/cross-cultural competence.  The deadline to apply is November 1.  Please see http://www.viraheinz.pitt.edu for further information.

The Glenda Rich DeBroff '60 Memorial Scholarship Fund - $975

This award is granted to a full-time Chatham undergraduate student who is in good standing and has financial need. The award is intended to enrich the student's academic program as approved by the University and to provide opportunity for study and/or travel during summer study abroad and/or field experience.

The Sally Mercke Heym '63 Memorial Award for Cross Cultural Understanding - $2,100

This award is granted to a full-time sophomore or junior student with a GPA of 3.0. The award is intended to enrich the student's academic program as approved by the University, to provide opportunity for study and travel in a foreign country during summer study abroad, and through this experience, help to enhance international understanding and awareness on campus.

The Lorin Maazel-Rachel Carson Scholarship Award for Environmental Field Studies - $4,000

This award is granted to a Chatham student with a GPA of 3.0 or above for a summer field study/internship at the close of the sophomore or junior year. It is intended to enrich the student's academic program through environmental fieldwork during summer study abroad.

The Theo Colborn-Rachel Carson Endowed Scholarship Award for Environmental Field Studies - $1,000

This award is granted to a Chatham student with a GPA of 3.0 or above for summer field study at the close of the sophomore or junior year. It is intended to enrich the student's academic program through environmental fieldwork during summer study abroad.

Outside scholarship opportunities