API Gap Year and High School Summer Abroad Scholarships:

API awards approximately $500,000 in study abroad scholarships annually ranging from $250 -$1,000 per student. To maximize the number of students who benefit from API scholarships, API awards a maximum of $1,000 per student.  As such, students who may be eligible for multiple sources of funds from API (e.g., an affiliate scholarship and a Gilman matching award) are advised that the total contribution from API cannot exceed $1,000. Participants may apply for multiple API scholarships (though may only be awarded one) and are encouraged to refer to the list of additional scholarship and funding resources included below. 

Download the API Scholarship Application here.

Deadlines for the API scholarships are as follows:

  • FALL/YEAR: June 10
  • SPRING SEMESTER / WINTER QUARTER PROGRAMS: October 15
  • SPRING QUARTER: December 15
  • SUMMER: April 1

API High School Scholarship

API is proud to award two $250 scholarships to participants on our summer high school programs. Applicants should submit one letter of recommendation, separate from the letter provided for the API program application, and a personal essay highlighting any financial need or other special circumstances and describing what they hope to achieve personally and academically during their session abroad.

API Regional Scholarship

The API regional scholarships (Asia/Middle East, Europe, Latin America, and South Pacific) provide awards for API participants that range from $250 to $800 per session. All API students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher are encouraged to apply. The scholarship is both need and merit-based. We will review your academic record, essays and financial need as stated in your own words. This scholarship is offered to quarter/semester, academic year, and summer students.

API First Generation Scholarship

API is pleased to support participants on our programs who are the first in their families to attend a college or university. The First Generation Scholarship award ranges from $250 to $750 per session and is available for academic year, quarter/semester, and summer students. In order to be eligible, students must meet the following requirements: have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher; be a first-generation college student (i.e., parents and grandparents did not attend a college or university); show financial need.

API Community College Scholarship

This scholarship is offered to API participants who attend a community college in the U.S., and awards range from $250 to $750 per session.

API STEM Scholarship

The API STEM scholarship is offered for API participants who are studying science, technology, engineering or mathematics. The API STEM Scholarship award ranges from $250 to $750 and is available for academic year, quarter/semester, and summer students. In order to be be eligible, students must meet the following requirements: have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher; major in an area classified as a STEM field (science, technology, engineering, or mathematics); show financial need. Special consideration will be given to students who are taking courses related to their major while abroad.

API Student Athlete Scholarship

It is not an easy task to juggle the demands of college athletics with academic responsibilities while pursuing other interests on campus. API supports both current and college-bound student-athletes participating on our programs. We welcome student-athletes across all divisions of the NCAA, NAIA, and NJCAA to apply. The API Student-Athlete Scholarship award ranges from $250 to $750 and is available for academic year, quarter/semester, and summer students.

API DACA Scholarship

The API DACA scholarship is designated to provide financial assistance to an API participant who is the recipient of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. The scholarship awards $575 to an eligible participant to help offset the cost of applying for Advance Parole. We will take into consideration your academic record and essay detailing your financial circumstances, background and motivation for studying abroad. This scholarship is offered to quarter/semester, academic year, and summer students.

API Diversity Scholarship

API is proud to provide a diversity scholarship in order to support participants on our programs who hail from a variety of backgrounds. The API Diversity Scholarship award ranges from $250 to $750 and is available for academic year, quarter/semester, or summer students. In order to be eligible, students must be one or more of the following: a U.S. military veteran, a non-traditional student (30 years old or older), a student with a disability, a minority student, and/or a LGBTQ student.

API-JCU Diversity Scholarship

The API-JCU Diversity Scholarship provides one full tuition award per session abroad (fall, spring, summer 1 or summer 2 session) to an outstanding API minority student participating in the John Cabot University Program in Rome, Italy. In order to be eligible, students must meet the following requirements: accepted to API’s Direct Enrollment Program at John Cabot University in Rome; identify as black/African-American, Hispanic/Latino, Asian/Asian-American, or Native American.

API-JCU Early Bird Scholarship

Students who are interested in studying abroad with API at John Cabot University in Rome have the opportunity to earn an “early bird scholarship” in the form of a $200 – $250 program fee deduction, simply by completing their API online application in advance of the application deadlines.

In order to qualify for this scholarship, students must submit their complete application to the API/JCU program according to the following schedule:

  • Summer 1: On or before February 11 – $200 scholarship
  • Summer 2:  On or before February 11 – $200 scholarship
  • Summer 1 & 2:  On or before February 11 – $200 scholarship
  • Fall: On or before February 25 – $250 scholarship
  • Spring:  On or before September 30 – $250 scholarship
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