Fundraising Tips & Ideas

Institute applicants are encouraged to consider multiple approaches to fundraising, including applying for grants from social, academic, service, and/or religious organizations and even crowdfunding. Start early! Scholarship opportunities, particularly for summer programs, reach capacity quickly. Past participants have had success applying to multiple scholarship and grant opportunities. This can be a lot of work initially, but it will pay off! You may also consider teaming up to fundraise with other Summer Institute volunteers from your school or organization.

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Grant and Scholarship Resources: Student Scholarships has designated a wide variety of academic awards and scholarships for current and prospective students. These academic awards are geared toward people with ranging backgrounds, identities, and academic goals. There are specific awards for Women in STEM, Women in Engineering, women of color, indigenous students, first generation college students, and more. Check out the list on their website to apply for any scholarships you may qualify for.

Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grant

Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants are designed to help support undergraduates as they seek knowledge and experience in their academic fields by studying abroad. Seventy-five $1,000 grants are awarded each year. Open to all applicants with a Phi Kappa Phi chapter at their school; membership in Phi Kappa Phi is not mandatory. See site for more information and to download the application form.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

If you are currently receiving a Federal Pell Grant, you may be eligible for this scholarship. You must also gain approval from your university to receive course credit for the Summer Institute (EWH can provide necessary documentation). The average award is $4,000. 

Fund for Education Abroad

The Fund for Education Abroad offers a number of scholarships for students pursuing at least one course credit as part of a study abroad program. FEA provides scholarships to students who are underrepresented among the U.S. study abroad population. FEA makes life-changing, international experiences accessible to all by supporting minority, community college, and first-generation college students before, during, and after they participate in education abroad programs. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are currently enrolled as undergraduates. Applicants only need to fill out one application to be considered for many opportunities. See FEA website for further details.

Scott's Cheap Flights/Going Abroad Scholarship

U.S. residents enrolled full-time in an accredited university can apply for $1,500 for study abroad, including summer.

Diversity Abroad Scholarships

This is a useful search engine from Diversity Abroad.

University Study Abroad Funding

At many universities, it is possible to receive course credit for participating in the Summer Institute. You will need to consult your school's administrative procedures on receiving course credit for such a program. We can provide a syllabus and final exam if they are required. Doing this may make the program eligible for additional study abroad funding from a number of sources. Your academic department or university's study abroad office may have more information.

Other Resources:

Tap into your local community

  • Investigate opportunities at your current institution. Reach out to different departments that are related to engineering and healthcare.
  • Contact your former high school for alumni scholarships.
  • Research scholarships provided by religious organizations.
  • Check with community organizations such as Rotary Club, Kiwanis, Shriners, Elk, or Junior League.
    • Rotary Club Ambassadorial Scholarships
      • This program sponsors several types of scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students as well as for qualified professionals pursuing vocational studies. While abroad, scholars serve as goodwill ambassadors to the host country and give presentations about their homeland to rotary clubs. Interested applicants must inquire through their local rotary club for specific information. Click on Club Finder to find your local chapter.
  • Social media
    • Share your acceptance to the program with friends and family on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Tik Tok, or other platforms. What if every friend donated $5? Every little bit helps!
  • Partner with local businesses
    • Restaurants may be willing to donate a percentage of proceeds for a night.
    • Local businesses may be willing to donate items for a raffle to support you.
  • Sign up for a sporting event
    • Ask friends and family to donate a certain dollar amount per mile, per point, etc.

Crowdfund or fundraise online

  • FundMyTravel - Create your own travel campaign to raise funds for your trip.
  • Fundly - An online fundraising platform.
  • - Crowdfunding and study abroad scholarships.
  • - Create your own personal fundraising website. Many of our participants have had success with their GoFundMe pages.
  • - An online social fundraising platform.