Students who qualify for financial assistance through IUHPFL will see their award as a reduction in Program Fees on the first invoice, which is emailed to students and their parents/guardians in February. Awards typically range between $250 and $1,500; therefore it is necessary for applicants to have additional funding sources to pay for Airfare and remaining Program Fees.
IUHPFL scholarships vary in amount, based on the financial need of the individual student, the overall demand for assistance from applicants, and the availability of scholarship funds as a result of donations from program alumni and other supporters.
Applicants are notified of their acceptance status around the third week of January and can apply for assistance as soon as they are accepted. The Financial Assistance Application is due on February 1st.
Financial Assistance Application
Below is a list of potential grants and scholarships. Click the blue links for more information. This list is not exhaustive, so ask your school counselor or do your own research to learn what additional scholarships might be available.
Dave Hefner International Exchange Fund, Inc. - For students living in northeastern Indiana, the fund helps provide financial assistance for both school approved programs and recognized international travel programs for high school students, which includes the IUHPFL. Students are able to apply for the sponsorship on their website.
The Road Scholarship - The Road Scholarship is available to individual students as well as groups of 3 or more students. Applicants must be under the age of 18 and nominated by a teacher or administrator in the school they currently attend. Only home-schooled students can be nominated by IUHPFL. For details, students are encouraged to contact the SYTA Youth Foundation directly and consult the list of Frequently Asked Questions on their website.
|$750-$1,000 for individuals & $5,000 for groups of 3 or more.||Mid-March|
The 1966 St. Brieuc Scholarship Endowment was established by a group of alumni from the 1966 St. Brieuc, France program. It gives first preference to students in the St. Brieuc, France program who have financial need. Award amounts vary, depending on the number of students at that site with need.
The John and Barbara Busch Scholarship provides awards to French students attending North Central High School who are accepted into IUHPFL. No application is required. Mr. and Mrs. Busch graduated from North Central in 1969, and Mr. Busch participated in the 1968 St. Brieuc program. They hope that award recipients will simply "pay it forward" someday and help future students to study abroad.
IUB Germanic Studies Automatic Scholarship made available exclusively to participants in the IUHPFL Graz Program by the Indiana University Germanic Studies Department. For Summer 2020, each participant will receive an automatic $1,000 scholarship to be applied toward their IUHPFL Program Fees.
All Graz Program participants will be invited to a reception hosted by IU Germanic Studies on the day of the IUHPFL Orientation in April.
Max Kade Scholarship - The IUB Department of Germanic Studies consistently offers Graz participants scholarships with funding from the Max Kade Foundation. Awards are merit based and granted to 3-5 program participants each year. No application beyond the IUHPFL application materials is necessary. Recipients are announced prior to the IUHPFL Orientation in April and are invited to a reception hosted by IU Germanic Studies on orientation day.
Indiana German Heritage Society Scholarship - The Indiana German Heritage Society works to increase interest in German language and culture throughout the state and endeavors to provide scholarships to high school students participating in educational programs in German-speaking countries. Germanic heritage is not required to apply for and receive this award. IUHPFL is proud of its longstanding collaboration with IGHS and encourages its Graz program applicants to visit the IGHS website for more information about this opportunity.
|$500 - $1,000||February 15th|
Dede Rippetoe-Reed Scholarship - This award is provided for students at Huntington North High School. Preference is given first to students of Spanish. Ms. Rippetoe-Reed is a former Spanish teacher at Huntington North, who fondly remembers her study abroad experience in Mexico and wishes to help students at that school reap the benefits of IUHPFL.
|$2,500 - $3,000||None|
Before and during the application phase in the fall, students are encouraged to save money for the program by working part-time jobs, babysitting, petsitting, tutoring, doing yard work for neighbors, etc.
Once a student is accepted into the program, there are any number of activities and events that can help raise funds.
- Beverage stand
- Doughnut or snack sale
- Recyclables for cash
- Yard sale
Groups of students from one school can also host bigger events such as:
- Arts or crafts exhibition
- Bake sale
- Car wash
- Chili cook-off
- Game tournament
- Costume run
- Cultural cuisine night
- Online auction
- Pajama day
- Pancake breakfast
- Pie-throwing contest
- Silent auction
- Spaghetti dinner
Remember there is a lot of information online for how to plan and organize fundraising activities!
Sponsorships are cash donations, paid directly to students, from relatives, family friends, organizations, or local businesses. Once students have their Letter of Acceptance and the IUHPFL Sponsorhip Letter, they should immediately and actively seek sponsorship donations.
- Students should begin talking to relatives and family friends about their desire to participate in IUHPFL as early as possible and ask if they might be interested in helping to sponsor their participation once they are accepted.
- Students can research and contact local businesses and service organizations (Lion's Club, Kiwanis, Rotary, etc.) about possibly sponsoring their participation in the program.
- Students are encouraged use the IUHPFL Sponsorship Letter they will receive, in combination with their Letter of Acceptance, when approaching local businesses and organizations.
Whenever possible, sponsorship funds should be given directly to the student or guardian. If a business or organization requires that their contribution be made directly to IUHPFL, they can make a payment to Indiana University Accounts Receivable in the form of one check. Please ensure that they make a note in the check’s subject line referencing IUHPFL and the student’s name.
Sponsorships are not tax deductible for the sponsor since they are given to individual students.
Students may begin raising funds online only after they have been notified of their acceptance into IUHPFL. Any raising of funds for IUHPFL participation from the public before then is strictly prohibited.
- GoFundMe* allows users to create personal goals and fundraising projects which they are able to share via text message, email, and social media.
- GoEnnounce* allows students to track academic and extracurricular progress, as well as fundraise for specific goals. Users can track and share their progress and achievements while saving towards their goal.
- GoGetFunding* - create a campaign in 10 minutes or less and accept donations instantly with credit/debit cards or Paypal.
*Please note, crowdfunding websites charge fees that may vary.
How to Make a Successful Crowdfunding Profile
- Be Creative! Use a compelling video, story or pictures to support your cause.
- Use hashtags to help spread the word #liveyourlanguage #crowdfunding #studyabroad #iuhpfl etc.
- Share via text message, email, and on all social media.
- Make your campaign look its best; donors won't give money if your goals aren't clear and presentable.
- Provide a link to https://iuhpfl.indiana.edu/ so donors can better understand what they are supporting.
- Be positive, grateful, and be sure to thank your donors!
Adapted from gogetfunding.com/how-to-fundraise/