IES Abroad Diversity Scholarships

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IES Abroad Diversity Scholarships

IES Abroad is committed to fostering and supporting a diverse student body. Our Diversity Scholarships support and encourage students from a wide range of institutions and under-represented populations on an IES Abroad study abroad program. Under-represented students include students from under-represented racial and ethnic groups, first generation to college students, students from low income families and students with a history of overcoming adversity.


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Related Scholarships

Marion & Luis de Hoyos Endowed Scholarship

The Marion and Luis de Hoyos Endowed Scholarship is named in honor of the parents of IES Abroad Board Member, Debora de Hoyos. Marion and Luis de Hoyos traveled extensively for both business and pleasure, appreciating the people and their cultures with whom they interacted. Their daughter, Debora, learned from her parents' firsthand accounts of their travels and accompanied them on some of these excursions. She credits this early exposure as "opening (her) eyes to the world".

This named endowment was established by Debora and her spouse, Walter Carlson. Debora de Hoyos, as a partner of the law firm Mayer Brown, was the firm's first global client relationship partner overseeing client development activities. Her work has focused on lending and emerging market transactions. Walter Carlson is a partner with law firm Sidley Austin. Their three daughters have each enriched her educational experience by studying abroad.

AMOUNT: Up to $2,000
  • Applicants must be accepted to and attend an IES Abroad standard program in the fall, spring, academic year or calendar year
  • Applicants must be undergraduates in good standing at an accredited U.S. college or university

At the conclusion of the IES Abroad program, selected recipients agree to submit a one-page statement and photo about their experience abroad, including how it has affected them personally, professionally, and academically, and how it supported their endeavors. Once submitted, these items become property of IES Abroad and excerpts may be used in any/all IES Abroad electronic and printed publications. Additional details and instructions will be emailed to award recipients after the IES Abroad program end date.

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William E. & Mary M. Dwyer Need-Based Spanish Scholarship

This scholarship was established by the IES Abroad Board of Directors to honor the memory of William E. Dwyer, Jr., the father of the current IES Abroad president, Dr. Mary Dwyer. Trained in transportation law, Mr. Dwyer was a senior corporate executive overseeing transportation functions world-wide for a multi-national steel manufacturing company. He was an innovator in the transportation field and a pioneer in support of the equal employment of African Americans and women in the management ranks of the steel industry. He was known throughout the industry for his ethical business practices during a period in the steel industry history when this was less common. Having benefited from full scholarship support as an undergraduate at Rockhurst College and during law school, he remained dedicated to the value and accessibility of higher education for those students who otherwise would not have the opportunity to pursue a college education. He minored in Spanish as an undergraduate and continued to use the language in his work throughout his career. He recognized the value of language learning. His greatest priority, however, was the welfare of his family. He put family first.
Likewise, Mrs. Mary M. Dwyer put family first while at the same time being deeply involved as a volunteer in her community and church. She attended the University of Missouri and was a staunch advocate of the importance of higher education in furthering individuals’ development and success.
These scholarships are intended for students interested in studying in a Spanish-speaking country.

AMOUNT: Ranges up to $1,000
  • Must be admitted to and attend an IES Abroad program in a Spanish-speaking country (Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, or Spain).
  • The scholarship recipient will be required to present a brief written bio statement. Guidelines will be provided with notice of award.
  • Currently receive financial aid from your home school.
  • Recipients must attend a private college or university that is a Member or Associate Member of the IES Abroad Consortium. In addition, your home school must have a policy of transferring at least 75% of institutional aid for study abroad.
  • Return Requirement: If awarded one of these scholarships, at the conclusion of the IES Abroad program you agree to submit a 1-page statement about your experience abroad, including how it has affected you personally, professionally, and academically and how this scholarship supported your endeavors. Once submitted, this statement becomes property of IES Abroad and excerpts may be used in any/all IES Abroad electronic and printed publications. Additional details and instructions will be emailed to you after your program ends.
  • Standard programs only. Customized programs are not eligible for IES Abroad financial aid.

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