Diversity Ambassador Scholarships


The Diversity Ambassador Scholarship program provides awards of $500 for UI undergraduate students to study abroad for a summer, winter, semester or academic year program. The scholarships are intended to support the diversification of students who study abroad. Upon completion of the study abroad program and return to UI, award recipients are asked to submit a photo and an open letter to prospective students for use on our diversity web pages, or suggest an alternate means of sharing with prospective students. Open letters are especially helpful as they reach the broadest audience. All Diversity Ambassadors will be invited to share their experiences abroad with prospective students from underrepresented groups on campus through outreach events.

Students from groups that have traditionally been under-represented in study abroad are encouraged to apply. Eligibility includes but is not limited to:

  • Students from racial and ethnic backgrounds that are under-represented on the UI campus
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) students
  • Students with disabilities
  • Students who are the first in their family to attend college or university ("first generation" college students)
  • Students with a history of overcoming adversity based on group identification or affiliation


To apply for a Diversity Ambassador Scholarship, download, complete and print the application, and return it to the  Study Abroad office by the deadline indicated on the application.

Scholarship application Amount # of awards Deadlines
Diversity Ambassador Scholarship $500 varies, 3-5 per session

October 2* for winter; October 16* for spring;
March 4* for summer; March 11* for fall/academic year

*The final deadline for application submission is 5 p.m. of the date listed above (close of business day in the Study Abroad office). No applications will be accepted after this date!

Diversity Ambassador Scholarship recipients must be in good academic and disciplinary standing. Applicants may apply for need and merit based awards concurrently; check these undergraduate award categories on our web page to determine if you are eligible to apply. Diversity Ambassador Scholarship recipients are not eligible to receive the scholarship in subsequent sessions to allow the greatest number students to receive this award.

For more information about UI efforts to create a welcoming climate for students from communities underrepresented in higher education, visit the Diversity at Iowa website: http://diversity.uiowa.edu/offices