Carleton awards need-based scholarships to students participating in off-campus studies programs. All scholarships are drawn from funds given by individual donors, many of them in honor or in recognition of someone who had an impactful off-campus study experience. Carleton maintains a common application process for all of the funds listed below and awards students the maximum amount they are eligible for, given the availability of funds and the number of applications in any given term.

Eligibility

Students must:

  1. Be accepted/approved to participate in a credit-bearing off-campus study program DURING Fall, Winter, or Spring terms. Students participating in summer Carleton programs are eligible, but they must take a term off the following academic year. Summer non-Carleton programs are not eligible for Carleton financial aid or scholarships.
  2. Be receiving need-based financial aid from Carleton at the time of application.
  3. Prior to departure, have applied for and accepted the ENTIRE aid award for the academic year of the program, including loans. If you do not accept loans, you must provide an explanation for this decision.

Applications

  1. Applications are accepted one term prior to the program on the following schedule
OCS Program TermScholarship Application DeadlineFinancial Aid Application Deadline
Winter Term 2023Friday, September 23, 2022
Spring Break 2023Friday, January 13, 2023
Spring Term 2023Friday, January 13, 2023
Summer 2023Friday, March 31 2023Round 1--January 9, 2023
Fall 2023Friday, June 2, 2023Round 2--March 27, 2023
Winter Break 2023Friday, June 2, 2023Round 2--March 27, 2023
Winter Term 2024Friday, September 22, 2023Students must have be awarded and accepted aid prior to OCS scholarship deadline.
Spring Term 2024Friday, January 12, 2024

2. A complete application includes: 

  • Completed Budget Worksheet (Carleton, non-Carleton, or Carleton Global Engagement version)
  • Supporting documentation (flight estimate, cost estimate from program)
  • Scholarship and Loan Application Form

3. All forms are available on the Student Financial Aid website and may be submitted in-person or via email following the instructions on the form.

Awarding

  1. Students will be informed via email if more information is needed and/or if they are awarded a scholarship. Funds are limited and, unfortunately, not all students who apply receive an award.
  2. Scholarship awards are applied to students’ Carleton accounts. If the scholarship amount exceeds the amount due to Carleton, students may request a deposit into their bank accounts AFTER the Carleton billing cycle for that term concludes.

Stewardship

Students are asked to write thank-you notes to donors. The Stewardship Office will contact awardees individually. Your prompt attention to this request is appreciated.

General Scholarship Funds


Carol Stern Soroos ’67 International Enrichment Fund for Off-Campus Studies

Marvin Soroos established the Carol Stern Soroos ’67 International Enrichment Fund for Off-Campus Studies in memory of his wife to provide and enhance opportunities for Carleton students to live and study abroad. This fund acknowledges Carol’s enduring affection for Carleton College, the excellence of her education at the college, and life-long friendships with classmates. Her life was enriched by her many and diverse international experiences beginning with Carleton’s summer program in Japan. Her son Joel’s years at Carleton College were enhanced by study abroad programs in France and Germany.  

Yoshihiro Hattori Memorial Fund

The Yoshihiro Hattori Fund is intended to foster cross-cultural understanding between citizens of the United States and Japan and will help Carleton students cover costs associated with studying abroad in Japan. It is awarded with priority to students currently receiving financial aid support from the college. Established in 2019 by Richard Haymaker ’61, P’98 and Holley Haymaker P’98, the fund honors the memory of Japanese foreign exchange student Yoshihiro Hattori, who died a victim of prejudice and gun violence while studying abroad in the United States.

The Haymaker and Hattori families strongly hope that recipients of this award will travel, study, and leave a positive mark on the world in the spirit of Yoshi while developing the intercultural skills required to forge bonds with neighbors both at home and abroad.

The Pattis Family Foundation Endowed Fund

Established in 2020, the purpose of this fund is to assist Carleton students receiving financial aid with the financial obligations they incur with studying on a Carleton-sponsored off-campus program.

Andrea Grove Iseminger ’59 Endowed Scholarship Fund

The Andrea Grove Iseminger ’59 Endowed Scholarship Fund for Off-Campus Studies was created in honor of Andrea Grove Iseminger in recognition of her distinguished service to Carleton. Under her leadership as director of Off-Campus Studies, Carleton’s program matured and expanded, so that it now ranks among the nation’s best. The Iseminger fund provides off-campus study and travel support for students with demonstrated financial need who are enrolled in Carleton-sponsored programs.

Bardwell and Charlotte Smith Fund

The Bardwell and Charlotte Smith Fund was established in 2013. The fund is intended to support students with financial need who participate in off-campus study programs. The fund is award with first priority to students from Asia who are participating in an international or domestic off-campus study program. If there is no qualifying student from Asia, the fund may, as its secondary priority, be used to support any student participating in an off-campus study program in Asia or with an Asian focus.

Tadashi and Sumiko Asaka Fund

The Tadashi and Sumiko Asaka Fund is intended to support students with financial need who participate in off-campus study programs in Japan.  Preference is given to students’ participation in the Associated Kyoto Program (AKP). If there are no AKP participants with financial need in a given year, the fund can support students traveling with other Carleton-sponsored programs to Japan.

Joe Sjoberg ’10 Memorial Cambridge Fund

The Joe Sjoberg ’10 Memorial Cambridge Fund provides financial aid to students participating in the Carleton Seminar in Cambridge, a program Joe participated in and enjoyed.

Laurena Choo Memorial Fund

The Laurena Choo Memorial Fund was established in 1992 by Kwan and Jessica Choo in memory of their daughter, Laurena, Carleton Class of 1990. The fund is intended to support students with financial need who are studying in China or in other parts of East or Southeast Asia. At Carleton, Laurena was a member of both the skiing and volleyball teams. She was one of the founders of the Chinese Club and spent six months of her senior year studying in China. While on this program she was a major source of information for Reuter’s News Agency during the race riots that were taking place in Nanjing at the time. Laurena, a political science major, achieved distinction in her senior comprehensive exercise: a thesis on the corrupt “backdoor” distribution system in China. She graduated magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa. Tragically, Laurena was killed in a waterskiing accident in Singapore in 1991. She was 22 years old. This scholarship is for students studying in China or other parts of East or Southeast Asia.

Class of 1956 Scholarship for Students Studying Abroad

The class of 1956 Scholarship for students studying abroad was established by the Class of 1956 on the occasion of their Fiftieth Reunion. Recognizing the importance of international experiences in a liberal arts education, members of the class established this scholarship for students with financial need who are pursuing an off-campus studies program outside of the United States.

Dubrow Family Fund for Educational Travel

Dubrow Family Fund for Educational Travel was established in 2010 by Heather Dubrow to support student travel for off-campus studies programs. In creating this fund, Ms. Dubrow honors her parents’ respect for education, travel, and the many connections between the two, and expresses her gratitude for their support in both areas. 

Beverly Oyler Shivers ’56 Off-Campus Study Fund

The Beverly Oyler Shivers ’56 off-campus fund was established by Beverly ’56 and Linward Shivers in commemoration of Beverly Oyler Shivers 50th reunion to assist with the financial obligations of studying abroad. The scholarship benefits students who participating in a Carleton off-campus study program in a French speaking country.

Ms. Shivers graduated magna cum laude from Carleton in 1956 with a degree in French. Her junior year was spent studying in France. She received a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and was a lecturer of French at the University of Texas until her retirement. Ms. Shivers is actively involved with the Class of 1956 as a class agent and alumni volunteer, and previously served as an admissions volunteer from 1983 through 1998. Ms. Shivers’ dedication to Carleton is evidenced through her many volunteer activities as well as her support of current students through this generous gift.

Judith Ann Sosted ’61 Scholarship Fund

The Judith Ann Sosted ’61 Scholarship Fund for Off-Campus Studies was established to benefit female students participating in off-campus study programs. It is Ms. Sosted’s intent to assist with the financial obligations of studying abroad. Ms. Sosted graduated from Carleton in 1961 with a degree in psychology. She holds master’s degrees in both social work and education administration. She spent her career as a social worker for elementary and junior high school children. She is also an experienced traveler and a fearless creative person who is accomplished at woodworking, pottery making, and knitting. A generous and dedicated Carleton volunteer, Ms. Sosted has served as the Cannon Valley Alumni Club Chair and as her class’s Alumni Annual Fund Co-Class Agent for many years.