With support from the Stanley-UI Foundation Support Organization, the Global Access Ambassador Scholarship program provides awards to study abroad for a summer, winter, semester, or academic year program. The scholarships are intended to support students who study abroad with the intent to serve as Global Access Ambassadors upon return to the UI campus.

As a Global Access Ambassador, you will be asked to submit a photo and an open letter to prospective students or suggest an alternate means of sharing with prospective students upon return. By writing insightful letters and sharing pictures about your new surroundings, cross-cultural observations and personal growth, your words can inspire other students to go abroad and challenge them to rethink how study abroad experiences can be for everyone. You will also be invited to share your experiences abroad with prospective students on campus through outreach events.

Global Access Ambassador awards are intended to facilitate reflection on identity as it is shaped by culture, challenges overcome, or lessons learned. As a Global Access Ambassador, you are encouraged to think about key aspects of your personal identity that are important to you and how those aspects of self are perceived or experienced differently in a new cultural context abroad.

Up to ten (10), $1,000 Global Access Ambassador Scholarships for Study Abroad programs will be awarded for the spring and fall semesters/academic year; up to ten (10), $1,000 Global Access Ambassador Scholarships for Study Abroad programs will be awarded for summer and winter sessions. This scholarship is not renewable.

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 academic semester/summer or winter session 

Additional Considerations

  • Students with a history of overcoming adversity pursuing personal, academic, or professional goals

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.

Global Access 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 Global Access Ambassador Scholarship, download, complete, and return the application (via email) for review by the Study Abroad scholarship committee.

Global Access Ambassador Scholarship Application

Submission Deadline

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.

About the Stanley-UI Foundation Support Organization

Max and Betty Stanley

C. Maxwell (Max) and Elizabeth (Betty) M. Stanley were exemplary visionary leaders in philanthropic and educational endeavors. They strove to promote public understanding, constructive dialogue, and cooperative action on critical international issues and worked to recognize the essential roles of both the policy community and the broader public in building sustainable peace.

Alumni of The University of Iowa and longtime active volunteers and generous supporters of the institution, the Stanley's created The Stanley-University of Iowa Foundation Support Organization in 1979. which provides funding for projects across The University of Iowa. 

Meet some of our Global Access Ambassadors

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How four months abroad made me appreciate my disabilities and become a better advocate for myself

Wednesday, November 29, 2023
"While in Chile, I learned a lot about myself and my disabilities... I realized the many skills and traits my disabilities had allowed me to foster, such as the ability to find hope and persevere in every situation."
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Why embracing your uniqueness abroad is a journey worth taking

Tuesday, November 21, 2023
"I want to take a moment to reflect on how my time abroad has impacted my identity as a member of the LGBTQ+ community who also has hearing loss."
Tessa Smith

A journey of shaping identity and self-confidence in Rome

Thursday, November 16, 2023
"After my time in Rome had concluded, I returned home with a redefined sense of self and a new confidence that hadn’t shown through as brightly before."
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Embracing the new and the unfamiliar: reflections from my summer in Spain

Tuesday, November 7, 2023
"My time abroad made me realize that I really appreciate my early life experiences of feeling like the other. Because my formative years are marked by feeling different, unfamiliar, or uncomfortable, I learned quickly to not only get used to the unfamiliar, but to welcome and look forward to the unfamiliar."
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A journey of culture, connection, and growth in Jordan

Thursday, November 2, 2023
"The internship was valuable to my professional development because it solidified my understanding of the pre-health field by allowing me to gain practical experience shadowing physicians, networking with professionals and sharpening my skills for a successful career in healthcare."
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Have a disability? You still deserve to study abroad while feeling safe and comfortable!

Monday, October 30, 2023
"Before traveling to Greece, I had heard that it was not as mobility-friendly as America, which made me nervous, but while that was true, I never felt unsafe or like I was unable to do things... The entire experience instead made me so much more confident in what I am capable of accomplishing."