Scholarships & Financial Aid

Budget planning for summer 2017 travel to Morocco and Russia 

SPAN, the Student Project for Amity among Nations, remains one of the most cost effective travel and research programs available for undergraduate researchers. Once in-country, SPANners travel where their research project needs to take them, so expenses for accommodations and getting around can vary. Nevertheless, listed below are budget estimates for both Morocco and Russia; the estimates reflect the cost of tuition for eight UMTC credits and projected out-of-pocket expenses for an individual SPANner.

Download: Morocco 2017 budget-estimate_Morocco (PDF format)

Download: Russia 2017_budget-estimate_Russia (PDF format)

Scholarships for every SPANner 

Through the generosity of the alumni of the Student Project for Amity among Nations (SPAN), students enrolled in the research program are eligible to receive SPAN-funded scholarships. The scholarships help close the gap between a student’s aspirations and the financial means he/she may have to travel and participate in an international research program.

Each SPANner must apply  for the SPAN-awarded scholarships. The deadline for submission of the 2017 Scholarship and Financial Aid Application is Tuesday, February 14, 2017. 

View and download Word .doc format: 2017-span-scholarship-application_3page_

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Above & beyond SPAN scholarships

Access a list of additional scholarships for which outbound SPANners may be eligible. Scholarship-sources-in-addition-to-SPAN (PDF format)

Visit UMTC Learning Abroad website for additional scholarship information and resources.


The following is a list of the names of the scholarships available to SPAN participants:

John D. Lindstrom Scholarship

Anne E. Hammill Memorial Scholarship

Ruth Elliff Memorial Scholarship

Constance Parvey Memorial Scholarship

Dean and Janet Lund Scholarship

Janet Johnson Scholarship

Kathryn M. Sederberg Memorial Scholarship

Stavrou All-SPAN Scholarship

John Scanlan Memorial Scholarship

JoAnne Buggey Scholarship

All-Alumni Scholarship

Stavrou-Condon Scholarship

Knowledge Without Borders Scholarship

The Knowledge Without Borders scholarship adds a new dimension to the portfolio of scholarships awarded by SPAN. Thanks to the generosity of Karen Collias, Czechoslovakia 1974, who, along with her husband, Geoffrey Levitt, the scholarship is designed to provide SPAN enrollees who are first-generation college students with funds to pay “gap expenses” associated with travel abroad, in other words, expenses above and beyond room and board and the cost of UMTC tuition.

SPAN, the Student Project for Amity among Nations, is Minnesota’s oldest, and one-of-a-kind study and research abroad program. It was founded in 1947 by a group of students who saw the need for international understanding. Since its inception, nearly 3,ooo SPANners have visited 93 countries on six continents. As a student-led non-profit organization, the Minnesota SPAN Association offers every SPAN participant a scholarship. SPAN is open to students from all Minnesota colleges and universities.