Keep in mind that local, regional, and national groups, as well as individuals, are all possible contributors; it’s also important to keep careful record of those who helped support you in order to express your appreciation.
Finally, past study abroad students found that dedicating a set time each week to look for funding was really helpful.
Below are some ideas beyond traditional study abroad scholarships to ponder:
Frequent Flyer Miles: Ask friends and family if anyone is willing to give you some miles or buy your plane ticket with their miles.
Kickstarter.com: Sell poetry, art, etc. online to raise funds.
GoFundMe.com: Use this platform as an easy way for family and friends to donate to your study abroad program.
Go Old School: Bake sale, car wash, collect cans and bottles from your neighbors during football tailgating – identify yourself and your plans, and save, save, save!
Heritage groups with an interest in specific countries: American Swedish Institute, Japan America Society, etc.
Holidays: Ask for study abroad related gifts (e.g. backpack, money belt, camera, etc.)
Local businesses, churches & civic organizations: Contact businesses, churches and organizations in your hometown, especially those whose mission may relate to your major, region of study, or another facet of your life. They may have scholarships or be willing to donate something toward your time abroad. You can offer to send letters while abroad or give a presentation upon return. Potential organizations include: Elks, Moose, Lions, Kiwanis, Rotary, etc.
Sororities and fraternities: Check with your local and national chapter for study abroad scholarships.
Get started today! Search for your study abroad opportunity at http://studyabroad.uark.edu/search/
For traditional scholarships for study abroad, check out http://studyabroad.uark.edu/funding