HBCU Scholarship

Scholarship Information

Amount: $10,000

Voyages: Spring and Fall

Eligibility: Students attending a HBCU or Predominately Black Institution (PBI) as defined by the U.S. Department of Education

SAS Financial Aid Apply Eligibility

Thank you for your interest in applying for Semester at Sea grants and scholarships! You must be a confirmed voyager, by paying your deposit, before you can apply for any Semester at Sea financial aid. Please answer the questions below to continue.


The Institute for Shipboard Education (ISE) is pleased to offer a $10,000 scholarship for students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) or Predominately Black Institutions to participate in spring or fall Semester at Sea voyages. All participants receive a full semester’s worth of undergraduate credits from Colorado State University.

ISE believes that international exposure is a critical element in today’s undergraduate education, offering students a real-life global education experience that will give them an edge in this highly competitive job market. The program is open to students, regardless of their major.


To be eligible for the scholarship, you must:

Voyage Leadership

During the voyage, HBCU Scholars will be expected to serve as ambassadors for Semester at Sea. This entails posting pictures and video reflections of their experience on social media, participating in the Vicarious Voyage and Diversity Peer Mentor Programs, and being involved with student affinity groups.

Additional Resources

Study.com Financial Aid and Scholarship Guide for Black Students

You should apply if you just have a love for HBCUs, your HBCU or those around the world! Everybody should do Semester at Sea because it offers an experience– whether it be learning, travel, or just a new global perspective in a way that no other institution, externship, internship, or job can do. Semester at Sea is the perfect fit for that.

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In order to be eligible for this scholarship, you must be a confirmed voyager who has paid your deposit.