Scholarship FAQs

Experiential Learning scholarships are 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. 

Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0.

All applicants must have a recommendation letter submitted on their behalf, preferably written by a UGA faculty member who is familiar with your work.

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. We strongly recommend the UGA Writing Center for assistance on your essay.
  • Use your essay as a way to set yourself apart from your fellow applicants. Tell us what makes you unique–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 faculty in your field of study at UGA.

Experiential Learning scholarship recipients are selected by a committee of UGA faculty and staff. Our office’s feedback on your application will not necessarily improve your chances of being selected for a scholarship.

If you would like assistance with your essay, we strongly recommend the UGA Writing Center or if you are applying for funding for a study abroad or field study program, you are encouraged to set up an appointment with a Global Education Advisor.

Yes. The Application must include a letter of recommendation.  Strong preference is given to applications that include a recommendation from a UGA Faculty Member.
A letter of recommendation should come from an individual 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. 
No. Please only apply for one activity per application cycle.
No. Students who have received scholarships from the Office of University Experiential Learning in the past are not eligible to reapply for scholarships.
No. Experiential Learning scholarships may only be awarded to individuals who are participating in UGA-approved Experiential Learning opportunities. 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.
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.
All scholarship applicants will be informed of their status approximately 6-7 weeks after the scholarship deadline. 


If you have questions regarding your application,  please email the Office of Experiential Learning at or call: 706-542-2177.