If you have received or plan to receive Financial Aid, you may use it towards your GCC Study Abroad program. To check if you are eligible and to apply for Financial Aid, visit the Financial Aid page or meet with your financial aid advisor.
The Financial Aid Office is located in the Sierra Vista Building on the 3rd Floor.
They can also advise you on grants and loans.
GCC has two specific scholarships for qualified study abroad program participants. Applicants are considered by a combination of need and merit based. Annually, GCC Study Abroad provides several thousand dollars worth of scholarships.
Study Abroad Scholarship
Scholarships are awarded to students interested to participate in the Study Abroad Program.
Jo Rae McCuen Scholarship
A scholarship is awarded in honor of Jo Rae McCuen, former Dean of the Evening College. The scholarship is given to a Glendale Community College student who has a minimum 3.0 GPA and wants to participate or is already in the Study Abroad Program.
The study abroad office sends out the application to all students that have been accepted to a summer study abroad program. The application is sent out in March via students' GCC email.
We strongly encourage each student to apply for the general GCC Scholarship application separately as well.
The U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship is a grant program that enables students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad, thereby gaining skills critical to our national security and economic competitiveness.
The Gilman Scholarship Program is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide and awards up to $5,000 per recepient. You may find more information on the Gilman Scholarship website.
Please utilize the GCC Writing Center to fine-tune your Gilman essay!
If several students apply, a workshop can be scheduled to assist in the application process.
Specific eligibility requirements include:
- US Citizen
- good academic standing
- Financial Need – current Pell Grant recipient
- The entirety of the program abroad must be at least two weeks (14 days) for community college students and three weeks (21 days) for students from four-year institutions
- must be traveling to a country with a Level 1 or 2 travel advisory.
The Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) was established in 2010 to broaden access to study abroad for underrepresented groups of students. For eligibility criteria and instructions how to apply, please visit the Fund for Education Abroad website. For programs that run a minimum of 28 days.
One scholarship through FEA is the Rainbow Scholarship. This scholarship will be awarded to a deserving LGBTQI student who aims to participate in a high-quality, rigorous education abroad program. This scholarship is made possible by the generous support of a group of international education professionals who are committed to advocating on behalf of LGBTQI students. These professionals counsel international and study abroad LGBTQI students, support their LGBTQI colleagues in the field, and collaborate through groups created with the support of NAFSA and the Forum for Education Abroad.
If you believe you qualify for the California College Promise Grant, you must apply for it before registering for Study Abroad courses.
*Contact the GCC Financial Aid office for more information.*
Recipients receive $2,000 to help finance their international trip that includes an educational or service component. Get details HERE.
- 18-30 years old
- US Citizen
- Financial Need – Current Pell Grant Recipient
- Income level that does not exceed 300% of [year?] federal poverty guidelines
- Reside or attend school in one of the metropolitan areas of Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco/Oakland (Others in other states)
- CHECK DEADLINES DATES ON THEIR WEBSITE.
The GCC Promise will provide any local student who completes their secondary education within the Glendale Community College District with the opportunity to attend GCC full-time for two years free of charge.
The GCC Promise will use privately raised funds to cover all enrollment and required fees, required books, and required supplies in an effort to remove economic barriers, making our community’s college fully accessible to all local students.
GCC Promise can be used on our Study Abroad programs.
If you are ready and excited to start planning your trip, but discouraged by a financial roadblock, there is another solution for you. We have teamed up with FundMyTravel, an online platform where you can fundraise for your upcoming travels with us. Create your own unique campaign page, complete a brief profile to build trust, and get sharing to watch the dollars come flying in!
FundMyTravel has a team of dedicated staff who want to help SBCC Study Abroad participants reach their fundraising goals. They can provide tips and insights on the best ways to spread the word and offer sharing tools to get your campaign greater exposure through social media and email. Scroll down to click the button to learn more and get started or use this link: Fund My Travel
- Tips for Scholarships for African-American Students – general info for all types of scholarships for African American students.
- Diversity Abroad Scholarships - Diversity Abroad Achievement Scholarships can only be used for AIFS programs. https://www.diversityabroad.com/diversity-abroad/scholarships/diversity-abroad-aifs-achievement-scholarship
- College Board General Scholarship Search Engine –search a large database of various scholarships
- Affordable Colleges.com - Scholarships and Financial Aid for Minorities – have to really explore and click around
- Fastweb.com- set up account and get notifications for scholarships
- Scholarships.com – set up account and look thru search results
- Fundmytravel.com - the independent fundraising site
- Veterans – links to GCC's veterans page