Applications are now open for the Global Citizenship Scholarship to study abroad at SMC! The amount awarded for scholarships depends on the study abroad program.

Eligibility Requirements

  1. Complete the Online Application by the deadline for the program.

  2. Demonstrate financial need for the scholarship (see Application Process- steps 2 and 3 below)

  3. Be an SMC student:

    • Full‐time student enrolled in 12 units in the current semester, whether it is fall or spring

    • Part‐time student enrolled in a minimum of 6 units during the previous semester and 6 units during the current semester or 3 units in an intersession semester (summer or winter) and 9 units in the current semester.

  4. Be an Associated Students (A.S.) member.

  5. Be in good disciplinary standing.

  6. Have a minimum of 6 semester college credits completed at SMC or another U.S. college or university when applying.

  7. Have a minimum 2.5 GPA for courses completed at SMC or another U.S. college or university.

Recipient Requirements

If you are awarded a scholarship, you must:

  1. Confirm by emailing the SMC International Education Center (IEC) at studyabroad@smc.edu to acknowledge acceptance of the scholarship.

  2. Complete the follow-on project by the time specified depending on the Study Abroad program selected. The follow-on project consists of writing a retrospective of your time abroad including what you gained and learned from the experience, and how it's changed your world view of being a Global Citizen. Additional details will be provided once you’re notified about receiving a scholarship.

Application Process

  1. Submit an online application for the SMC Study Abroad Program.

  2. Demonstrate financial need for the scholarship (described in the process below)

    1. U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents: Submit a FAFSA

    2. F‐1 visa international students: Complete the Global Citizenship Scholarship Financial Consideration for F‐1 International Students form, which is available in the Financial Aid Office and only F‐1 international students complete this form.

  3. Make an appointment with Financial Aid Director Stacy Neal to establish financial need: (310) 434‐4446, neal_stacy@smc.edu

  4. Submit a statement explaining reasons for wanting to study abroad. Include your name and SMC ID number on the document. And answer these questions:

    1. Why do you want to be part of this program?

    2. What do you hope to gain from the experience?

    3. What makes you an outstanding candidate for the scholarship?

    4. How does being a global citizen translate to a Study Abroad program?

  5. Submit an unofficial transcript (available to download/print on Corsair Connect)

  6. Email your statement and your unofficial transcript to studyabroad@smc.edu

  7. Make sure to put your full name and “GC Scholarship App” in the subject line!

  8. You will be notified within two (2) weeks of the application deadline if you are a scholarship recipient.

  9. Scholarships cannot be used toward the initial deposit for the trip.

If you have questions, email studyabroad@smc.edu

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