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Financial Aid & Scholarships

Money Matters

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Many students studying abroad at the University of Wyoming use financial aid or scholarships to fund their study abroad. We want to make sure you understand how these processes work and what resources are available.

Financial Aid

If you file a FAFSA, federal funding can be applied to the costs of participating in a UW approved program or exchange university dependent upon the semester. Most scholarships, grants, and private funding resources are accepted for either study abroad or exchanges. Always meet with UW’s Financial Aid Office to verify your aid package and whether any restrictions apply.  Feel free to contact Laurie Jaskolski, Assistant Director of Financial Aid, at to set up an appointment or with questions.

Scholarships through the Education Abroad Office or the University of Wyoming 

For a full list of Education Abroad Scholarships please view our Scholarships Booklet. 


The Richard B. and Lynne V. Cheney Study Abroad Scholarship Fund

The majority of UW students are eligible to receive funding to support a study abroad experience through the Richard B. and Lynne V. Cheney Study Abroad Scholarship Fund . Over 2,000 students have benefited from the Cheney Funds since 2007!

To apply for Cheney Funding, apply through WyoScholarships. Search “Study Abroad” to find the Cheney scholarships. Please note, scholarships will not appear unless there is an active application cycle open. Plan to apply for scholarships the semester before you go. 

Please note there are two types of Cheney awards:

Richard and Lynne Cheney Study Abroad Grants Richard and Lynne Cheney Fellowship for Excellence in Study Abroad

These are travel grants that assist students in covering costs for international and in-country travel during their study abroad. Recipients will demonstrate academic merit and financial need.


  • Current UW Student planning to study abroad 
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above 
  •  30 hours of completed coursework for undergraduates (9 hours for graduates) 
  • Degree-seeking student 

These prestigious awards will go to outstanding students with strong records of academic excellence and the potential for enhanced professional development while abroad. This is a full stipend for the recipients’ abroad experience. Candidates will be considered based on their objectives in going abroad and the extent to which they have demonstrated the commitment and potential to make a significant contribution to their field via international study or research. 


  • Potential for significant contributions to field via international study and/or international research 
  • Current UW student 
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above 
  •  30 hours of completed coursework (9 hours for graduate)

There are also departmental scholarships through the University of Wyoming. Here is a full list of Study Abroad Scholarships. One of the best ways to search and apply for UW scholarships is through WyoScholarships. Search “Study Abroad” find the Cheney scholarships and departmental study abroad scholarships. Please note, scholarships will not appear unless there is an active application cycle open. Plan to apply for scholarships the semester before you go. 

Outside Scholarships for Education Abroad

In addition to the scholarships offered through UW,students are also encouraged to pursue outside scholarships for study abroad through your program sponsor and/or from outside providers or organizations. Many of these opportunities have very early deadlines, so be sure to apply as soon as possible!

For most study abroad scholarships, you DO NOT need to wait until you are accepted to your program to apply for funding. You may be able to apply with tentative plans and update your application if your plans change. Check each scholarship's requirements for details.


Fulbright U.S. Student Program

The U.S. Student Fulbright Competition awards around 1,500 grants to U.S. students each year to study, perform research, or assistant-teach for one academic year.   Student Fulbright applicants should be in their senior year of their undergraduate degree, master's and doctoral candidates, young professionals, or artists or musicians. UW Campus Deadline:   October 1st

For UW students, the Student Fulbright Competition is administered through GEO.

To get started, contact Shawn Bunning, and visit the U.S. Student Fulbright Competition website.

Gilman International Scholarship

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship program offers study abroad scholarships to U.S. undergraduate students who are currently receiving a Pell Grant as part of their tuition package. This federally-sponsored scholarship provides up to $5,000* for a semester or academic year and is available only to U.S. citizens and nationals. Scholarships are available for fall, spring and summer terms.

Investing in the Future District 5440 Undergraduate Scholarships

For students that are studying in one of Rotary’s six areas of focus; water and sanitation, disease prevention and treatment, peace and conflict resolution, economic and community development, education, and literacy, or maternal and child health.

For more information on this scholarship, please email Rollin Abernathy with the Rotary District 5440. 


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