Help us get more Hawks abroad

This year, every dollar we raise for One Day for Iowa (March 29) will go towards funding more Diversity Ambassador Scholarships. With your help, we can expand this impactful program.


The Diversity Ambassador Scholarship program provides awards to study abroad for a summer, 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 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.

Up to ten (10), $1,000 Diversity Ambassador Scholarships for Travel Programs will be awarded for the spring and fall semesters/academic year; up to ten (10), $1,000 Diversity Ambassador Scholarships for Travel Programs will be awarded for summer and winter sessions.

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"I want to thank the Diversity Ambassador Scholarship for helping me in making my study abroad dream come true!"
Anjana Biswa, a fourth-year global health major from Des Moines, Iowa

Eligibility Requirements

  • undergraduate, full-time, degree-seeking UI student in good academic and disciplinary standing
  • plan to participate in an approved study abroad program during the semester/session of application

Additional Eligibility Considerations

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

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

Applicants may apply for need and/or other financial awards concurrently; review other award categories on our web page to determine your eligibility for other opportunities.

Diversity Ambassador Scholarship recipients are not eligible to receive the scholarship in subsequent sessions to allow the greatest number of students to receive this award.

Application Procedure

To apply for a Diversity Ambassador Scholarship, download, complete, and return the application (via email) for review by the Study Abroad scholarship committee.

Diversity Ambassador Scholarship Application

Submission Deadline

Summer 2023: Tuesday, February 28, 2023

Fall 2023: Friday, March 10, 2023

Winter 2023: Friday, September 29, 2023

Spring 2024: Friday, October 6, 2023

For more information about UI's efforts to create a welcoming climate for students from communities underrepresented in higher education, visit the Diversity at Iowa website.

Meet some of our Diversity Ambassadors

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Discovering the world and building connections: students reflect on the benefits of faculty-led study abroad programs

Monday, February 13, 2023
International Programs
Recently returned from abroad, this winter’s Diversity Ambassadors Scholarship recipients share what they thought of their experiences and what advice they might have for others considering studying abroad. 
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Meet Study Abroad's 2023 spring Diversity Ambassador awardees 

Monday, January 23, 2023
International Programs
Up to ten $1,000 Diversity Ambassador Scholarships are awarded for the spring and fall semesters or academic year, and up to ten scholarships are awarded for summer and winter sessions. 
Kevin Drahos

How UI Study Abroad supports diversity, equity, and inclusion

Wednesday, January 18, 2023
International Programs
Through outreach efforts and scholarships, UI Study Abroad is opening up opportunities for those underrepresented in study abroad.
Michaela Zimmer smiling with flower in her hair

Michaela Zimmer, back from Kenya, on the importance of hearing other people's stories

Thursday, November 10, 2022
Michaela Zimmer, a Diversity Ambassador, completed a summer internship in Kisumu, Kenya.
Leah Cooke with Italian landscape background

Leah Cooke reflects on her time in Italy

Thursday, November 10, 2022
Leah Cooke won a Diversity Ambassador Scholarship to study abroad in Florence, Italy.
Maya Torrez at the Parthenon at Greece

Maya Torrez found inspiration in the landscape and myths of Greece

Friday, November 4, 2022
Maya Torrez, Diversity Ambassador, studied on the UI faculty-led Ancient Perspectives, Modern Eyes program.