Kenya Study Abroad Scholarships
First-Hand Experience of a Developing Country
Kenya is located in Eastern Africa, along the Indian Ocean. Its closest neighbors most akin to its current situation are Tanzania and Uganda. Of scholastic and political concern to American students is Kenya’s relative social balance, but its lackluster performance with national security. The country has also been unable to consistently bolster its economy and generally build a foundation upon which free market and democratic values can be sown.
From time to time and depending upon international safety and security issues, certain study abroad programs to Kenya may be postponed, especially those for undergraduate students.
The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships have grown to become one of the most sought after and popular study abroad scholarships for undergraduates. The unique value of the program is that it funds Pell Grant recipients or those students who in the past would not have the financial resources to participate in a study abroad program in Kenya or anywhere else. Applicants must have very good academic records as well. Up to $7,000 is awarded per scholarship and there are hundreds given annually.
The David L. Boren Scholarships hit those undergraduate and graduate students who are not Pell Grant recipients, but who are interested in a challenging program abroad especially in critical need areas, like Kenya. Better yet are those applicants with a career interest in national security for they will be rewarded with up to $25,000 in scholarship dough. Recipients are expected to complete a year of service with the feds following graduation if not going onto a career with them.
Fogarty International Center/Ellison Clinical Research Training Fellowships are funded by the National Institutes of Health. The fellowships are provided to qualified graduate or med students in the health professions, particularly those whose main interests or research lies in clinical research across an international spectrum. Recipients may work in a variety of clinical labs around the world, including one in Kenya. Fellowships cover a year of work and travel, 10 months of which is overseas.
The Rotary is one of the most internationally recognized organizations and no less for their generous, now prestigious, Ambassadorial Scholarships. Candidates may be rewarded with up to $26,000 for an academic year abroad in Kenya and a host of other Rotary-countries. Rotary scholars are selected for their ability to portray the Rotary image while in their program and beyond, as well as promote their experience once home. Applicants may pursue almost any discipline, although those with a humanitarian or sustainable development bent are preferred.
Study Abroad Organizations
The School for International Training is internationally recognized for its challenging and innovative study abroad programs that offer insightful and enlightening programs for college students. In Kenya, participants may choose from three completely different study programs. The Kenya programs range from Swahili language to archaeology and sustainable development. All participants may be eligible for one of the following scholarships:
- SIT Fund awards scholarships to the widest array of participants. Awards are based on financial need and academic merit.
- Diversity Fund scholarships are designed to make sure that those student populations most underrepresented in study abroad programs, get to participate even if funds are not available otherwise.
- Sally Bragg Baker Scholarships are reserved for female participants who most embody a spirit of "international exchange" and goodwill.
- Compton Fund scholarships are awarded to outstanding students in a sustainable development or "peace studies" program.
- HBCU Scholarships are given out to eligible participants whose home institution is one of the Historically Black Colleges.
Michigan State University also offers a compelling array of study abroad programs, so much so that it opens its doors to students outside the university who would like to participate. Two programs in Kenya are offered: one that offers a curriculum based on social development and ecology and the other the habits of "African Mammals." MSU offers its own students the following scholarships:
- M. Peter McPherson Scholarships are offered directly through the College of Social Science. Eligible applicants must be attending the Kenya program that examines social change in the context of ecological change. Awards are $1,000.
- Scholarships from the College of Natural Sciences, sponsor of both Kenya programs, are available to department majors. Applicants must have a letter of recommendation from a faculty as well as a well-articulated essay.
- MSU Federal Credit Union Scholarships are among the most generous and widely disbursed from the Office of Study Abroad. For the most part these awards are made based on financial need in amounts up to $1,000 for a semester.
- Forest Akers Scholarships are also awarded to needy students but those who didn’t make the cut for Pell Grants.
- OSA Merit Scholarships are doled out the most scholastically talented of the Study Abroad participants.