• Open to undergraduate students, including transfer students with at least one semester of UGA coursework who are pursuing experiential learning courses or non-credit activities aligned with the UGA Experiential Learning Requirement.These include UGA-approved study abroad and domestic field schools; service-learning courses; internships for academic credit; faculty-mentored research through CURO; and other hands-on learning opportunities.
  • Must have a minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • All applicants must have a recommendation letter submitted on their behalf, written by UGA faculty or staff.

See EL Courses & Activities for lists of approved courses and activities.

For the list of UGA-approved study abroad and field study experiences, visit the Office of Global Engagement’s study abroad page.

Scholarship FAQs

How can I make my application more competitive?

Some general suggestions for students wanting to make their applications stronger are the following:

  • Write a strong essay that articulates a compelling link between the Experiential Learning opportunity and your current program of study/ future career aspirations
  • Use your essay as a way to set yourself apart from your fellow applicants.  Tell us what makes you special– your personal challenges, experiences, dreams, accomplishments, etc.
  • Demonstrate a strong academic record, especially in your respective major area
  • Present a strong letter of recommendation from someone who knows you well and, ideally, is in your field of study at UGA

If I want additional feedback on my scholarship application, is there someone I can meet with from the Office of Experiential Learning?

The Office of Experiential Learning would be more than happy to meet with you to discuss individual application and provide feedback. It is important to know, however, that the scholarship recipients are decided by a committee of which the Office of Experiential Learning staff are non-voting members. Our office’s feedback on your application will not necessarily improve your chances of being selected for a scholarship.

If you would still like to schedule an appointment to review your application, please email (ugael@uga.edu) the Office of Experiential Learning or call: 706-542-2177.

We also recommend contacting the UGA Writing Center for additional help with essays.

Is a letter of recommendation required?

Yes.  Your application must include a letter of recommendation from UGA faculty or staff in order to be complete.

Who should write my letter of recommendation?

A letter of recommendation should come from an UGA faculty or staff who knows you well in an academic and/or professional capacity. Ideally, such a letter would come from faculty in your field of study at UGA who can speak to what you will potentially contribute to your selected Experiential Learning activity.

Can I submit more than one application?

 No. Please only apply for one activity per application cycle.

Can I apply if I have already received an Experiential Learning scholarship?

No. Students who have received Experiential Learning scholarships in the past are not eligible to reapply for scholarships.

Can I re-apply for the same activity if my first application was denied?

No. You may not apply for the same activity more than once. You are welcome to apply for a different activity.

Can I apply for an activity that is not approved by UGA’s Office of Experiential Learning?

In short, no. Experiential Learning scholarships may only be awarded to individuals who are participating in UGA-approved Experiential Learning opportunities, as outlined here. If you are interested in participating in an internship, study abroad program, or other activity that falls outside of this list, it is your responsibility to speak with an academic advisor or Experiential Learning Certification Officer about which UGA courses could be taken for credit under the supervision of a UGA faculty member in conjunction with your selected activity.

Does the amount of scholarship money that I ask for affect my chances of getting a scholarship?

The amount of funding you ask for has no bearing on whether or not you are selected for a scholarship. What is important is that the amount you request is justified by the budget that you provide in your application. Occasionally, scholarship applicants receive more or less than they asked for, but most of the time, you will receive the amount that you requested.

I do not have a program acceptance letter. Can I still apply?


If you have not yet been accepted into the program or activity that you are seeking funding for, you are responsible for providing your letter of acceptance as soon as you receive it.

If you are planning on participating in a program or activity that did not provide you with an acceptance letter, you must give the Office of Experiential Learning some sort of proof of participation or enrollment, whether it is a letter from your supervisor or an email confirming your acceptance.

The Office of Experiential Learning will contact you in the case that the information you submitted is not sufficient proof of participation or enrollment.

I did not receive a confirmation email that my application was received by the Office of Experiential Learning. Has it been received?

When you complete your online application, you will receive a notice when your application has been submitted. The Office of Experiential Learning does not send out any additional emails to confirm whether or not your application has been received.

If you have any questions about the status of your application, please email (ugael@uga.edu) the Office of Experiential Learning or call: 706-542-2177.

I submitted a scholarship application. When will I know if I have been selected to receive a scholarship?

All scholarship applicants will be informed of their status 6-7 weeks after the scholarship deadline. This provides the Experiential Learning Scholarship Committee with the necessary time to review all applications thoroughly, meet to decide on the recipients, and to have their list of recipients approved. The Office of Experiential Learning will contact every individual who applied for a scholarship to inform them of their status as soon as possible.

If you have questions regarding your status, or have not heard back from the Office of Experiential Learning regarding your status and it is 6-7 weeks after the scholarship deadline, please email (ugael@uga.edu) the Office of Experiential Learning or call: 706-542-2177.

I have more questions. Who should I contact?

The Office of Experiential Learning is always happy to speak with you and to answer your questions! You can get in contact with us via email (ugael@uga.edu) or by calling our office: 706-542-2177.